Fred Child http://whqr.org en Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach http://whqr.org/post/andras-schiffs-well-tempered-guide-bach When he was a boy, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16318118/andras-schiff" target="_blank">Andras Schiff</a> labored over the tedious, repetitive finger studies that are universally loathed by aspiring pianists. He thought they were like spinach: yucky, but good for you if you want to grow up to be big and strong ... on the piano keyboard.<p>But Schiff needed to improve his dexterity and thought this was the only way. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Fred Child 30222 at http://whqr.org Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success http://whqr.org/post/kept-playing-piano-vanessa-perez-pushes-through-success There are stories both famous and infamous of children pushed into performing careers by their parents (Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Judy Garland ... the list goes on and on). But Vanessa Perez has become a fine young pianist <em>despite</em> her mother's best efforts to keep her away from the performing arts.<p>Perez is an up-and-coming pianist from Venezuela. Before she was born, her mother aspired to a career as a pianist, but suffered from debilitating stage fright. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:56:00 +0000 Fred Child 17597 at http://whqr.org Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success