What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Michael Boriskin

Michael Boriskin
Photo by Richard Bowditch, courtesy Dworkin Eliason pARTners

…In a word, life. An animating, energizing force… It matters less whether this is channeled through mental or physical gymnastics, or some sort of intellectual joust, or a shameless, hedonistic revelry. Style and idiom are secondary, too. I need something basic to connect with—something that engages me and doesn’t let go until the music is finished with me. There has to be an urgency and an electricity in the work, an irresistible magnetism that pulls me to it, and makes me want to invest dozens of hours to learn it and then commit precious program time to perform it.