Connecting to the audience is vital to a memorable performance. And a memorable performance is one way to eternalize music. So how can we connect to this group of people sitting out there? Pianists already don't face the audience, which is psychologically not exactly the greatest way to connect. I look at my audience as I enter and bow to known and unknown faces excited to experience live music. That exactly is the connection I hold on to, I try to spin through the entire evening. Telling a story is as little a one-way-street as performing a live concert. The reaction of the audience can be felt, reacted to, and 'played' with the same way. This play with communication through music is my reason to be a musician (there are others, but this one is big). The piano just happens to be my instrument, the instrument I love.
Half a year ago I joined a gym. My main goal was to increase strength and energy levels. I had no idea how inspiring this decision would be!