What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Joanne Polk

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Joanne Polk



Joanne Polk
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Most crucial to me is logic. I need to understand why one note follows the next. I also appreciate pianistic fluency in the writing, so that the piece lies well in the hands.

I play through a new work a number of times before I decide whether or not I am the right pianist to perform the piece. I look for innovation, beauty, drama, lyricism.

I seek pieces for which I can be a convincing messenger. Any length, any style. I just need to be touched by the composing, musically.