Dear Pianist(s),Pianists: it's important to learn your notes before rehearsal and coaching sessions! The actions of even one pianist who charges a full rate without being able to play the rep can reflect badly on all of us.
If you can't play the rep, don't have time to learn the rep (and can't sight-read to make up for it), then have the courteousness to let the instrumentalist/singer know more than a week (or in this particular case, a day) before their performance. They have spent hundreds/thousands of dollars and countless hours preparing for it; have, and show, an iota of decency and self-respect.
You are so sadly fortunate that the classical music community will always need pianists, and there is no established system of peer review, or similar, in the accompanying world that will hold you accountable for your incredible behaviour.
It is a low down rotten dirty shame that you can get away with this.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Yesterday I got word of a public letter to a nameless pianist who had charged for rehearsals (Update: and performance too) but neglected to learn the music. Although the person who wrote the letter gave me permission to publicize their name when posting the letter, I've decided not to. Here's the letter: