The London Piano Institute calls chamber music the “music of friends,” since it’s rather like a conversation—each voice is important and adds something to the whole. Playing with other musicians is an essential skill, and one that is absolutely recommend to all learners, explains the Institute.
Q: Explain to us what chamber music is?
London Piano Institute: Chamber music is music is performed in a chamber, or room, as opposed to a concert hall.
Q: What are some common types of chamber music?
London Piano Institute: String quartets, piano trios, and woodwind quintets.
Q: Who plays chamber music?
London Piano Institute: All kinds of people. Some are amateur musicians; others include the top concert professionals in the world. Some are elderly, others are young.
Q: How does one get started playing chamber music?
London Piano Institute: You need three things: technical skills, sight-reading skills, and knowledge of the literature.
Q: Is it very different to play with a group vs. playing solo?
London Piano Institute: Yes. Learning how to play with others is absolutely essential, as it’s a completely different skill set to playing solo. If you make a mistake, you need to move on and follow the musicians you are playing with. Playing together means that if you miss a note, you can’t stop and fix it. The rhythm comes first.
Q: How do you stay together without a conductor?
London Piano Institute: It can be tricky. The musicians have to find a common rhythm that each feels. One performer cues the entrances. Each musician has to anticipate when the next beat is coming.
London Piano Institute was founded by master pianist and world-renowned adult piano teacher Celine Gaurier-Joubert, whose expertise is second to none when it comes to adult piano education.