Just picture this…..
You’re sitting in front of a full audience and in front of the Netherland Symphony Orchestra ready to play for a concert. You hear the first few notes and within seconds you realise that you’ve practiced the wrong piece!
That’s exactly what happened to acclaimed Portugese pianist, Maria João Pires during a packed lunchtime concert in 2009.
Within seconds, she puts her hand to her head and looks up to the conductor Riccardo Chailly and smiles to herself in disbelief.
Then she looks up again and while the orchestra continue to play the introduction, she explains to Chailly that she was expecting to hear another Concerto and she hadn’t practiced this piece. She looks devastated and doesn’t even look close to being able to play.
She turns around and looks at the violinists and smiles a sad, lonely smile.
As Chailly continues to conduct he looks down at her and tells her that she played it last season and says while he continues to conduct “You know it so well!” as he smiles at her with with a confident, warm believable smile.
And the ending to this story….
Take a look at the video- it’s a must watch for any musician and it’s a real life lesson for us all in believing that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!