Thursday, January 24, 2008

What happens once I get the piano?
What are the long-term goals?

The short-term goal of this project is obvious - to provide more and better free classical music by improving the instrument I use to play and record with. Additionally, it is to offer an act of appreciation and dedication to all those who have been willing to help me to do this -- by "signing" each doner's name on the lid of the piano so that it is permanently visible and offers a reminder that there are still many people out there who appreciate classical piano music.

But I have an even bigger dream in mind... to continue this endeavor and provide other pianists with the same opportunity! If this project works out and I am able to achieve my goal, then I am hoping to turn Sign My Piano into a non-profit organization dedication to providing talented pianists with better instruments.

At the Gina Bachauer Piano Festival that was held last year in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was extremely touched by a story of a young pianist from another country who did not have a piano of his own to practice with. He had to travel quite far just to find a piano to practice with. Despite the difficulties he faced, he continued to practice and has since been involved in several international competitions, including the Bachauer competition. Through that competition, he stayed with a family who raised enough funds --just in their own neighborhood -- to purchase and deliver a piano to this talented, young artist. It changed his life forever!

Now imagine if we can amplify that same experience a hundred times over! If this initial endeavor is a success, then I hope to provide other artists the same opportunity that I have been given.

So that, in a nutshell, is what I am hoping to accomplish through the Sign My Piano initiative. It is a great goal and I am hoping that there are enough classical music lovers out there to help make it a reality.