Chris Cartner was still a teenager when he was appointed Organ Scholar at Rochester Cathedral in the UK. He went on to graduate in classical piano performance at Trinity College of Music in London, before completing his training under the expert guidance of concert pianist Professor Matthijs Verschoor at the Amsterdam Conservatoire in Holland. After a period as repetiteur with British Youth Opera, Chris became a much sought-after musician on the busy London circuit, embarking on a huge array of different musical projects. Since this time he has worked as solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and musical director in various parts of the world, and in particular completed several hundred recital programmes in the British and Dutch capitals.
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Blog posts and interviews with Chris
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We asked Chris a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? was 16 years old when I started to learn the piano. Previously had some lessons on the oboe and sang in the school choir. The piano was an obvious choice for someone so interested in lots of different music.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? When not working I’m usually cycling around Sydney or cooking!
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? At the end of a concert, a sparkling white seems normal….!
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? I think music should be about quality and not quantity. There are great masterpieces which require a longer time to make their statement (I’m currently working on Wagner’s Die Walkure!), but, just like fine cuisine, a lasting impression can be made in a short time if it’s done well. In our hectic world, I believe 60-90 minutes can suffice.
- When should we clap? Applause should be offered at the end of a composer’s complete work. As musicians, we are just instruments for the creativity that has come before us.