Your Worst Performance Nightmare Comes True

October 31, 2013{ 3 Comments }

Since today is Halloween, I thought I’d share one of my favorite musician horror stories.

Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires wasn’t having a nightmare. She was fully awake, on stage, and in complete shock as the orchestra began playing a different concerto than the one she’d practiced.

What happened next? Well, thanks, in part, to the calm conductor staying confident in her abilities, and thanks also to the power of her own memory and genius, everything turns out ok in the end. Watch the video to experience the panic, embarrassment, and ultimate triumph!

And next time you feel unprepared for a show or mess up a little bit on stage, remember Maria and the conductor who stayed cool and coaxed her towards an amazing performance.

Have you been in a similar situation? Did you recover? Let me know all about in the comments section below.

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  • Jim Valley

    Ouch!

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Ha. And you knew that he was the forgiving type from the start.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Ooof. That's brutal. Glad you lived to play another day.

    @ChrisRobley