A Piano Recital by Alexander Arenare
‘An incredible night at Tettenhall College for all aspiring pianists’, writes Year 13 pupil, Andreea Belobrov
Both listening and playing to a piano resembles a very subtle sample of magic. This singular instrument could unconditionally deliver the subtlest universal truths by means of vibrating air. Yet, mastering it is the real obstacle, a pianist requiring competence, dexterity and dedication – as well as talent.
Alexander Arenare is an example to look up to for any young musician. Arenare is currently studying at Trinity College of Music in London, having achieved the Fred Southhall prize, placed runner-up in the Sonata Class at the Birmingham Piano Festival and the letter-bearing DipABRSM performance diploma, after starting learning piano at the age of 5.
For the recital, Alexandre chose some of the most prevalent names in the history of music – Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert – interpreting with skill, understanding and longing. As I recognised some of the pieces, I hummed along internally at times.
His hands were like feathers caressing the keyboard and every now and then, like hammers. The transition was so sudden every time that it gave the entire audience the chills. Throughout the duration of the event, one could feel the admiration and relish, everyone busy absorbing the art.
The polished instrument was more of an extension of Alex’s hands, rather than an independent body.
Overall, it was an incredible night at Tettenhall College for all aspiring pianists, musicians, as well as for any spectators with an affinity for classical music. We were very thankful to the Parents’ Association, without whose generous donation of a Broadwood piano this evening would not have taken place.Categories: Music Whole School