Pianist Matthew Schellhorn has launched a campaign to give young pianists access to proper practice facilities.
Those of who teach piano, and/or perform ourselves, appreciate the importance of a decent instrument on which to practice. Many music students cannot afford a high-quality instrument or lack easy access to such an instrument on which to practice, yet they are expected to perform on the best concert grand pianos. This is a particular issue for young musicians studying in London where practice facilities are limited and expensive.
With this initiative, Matthew hopes to make “a real difference to the artistic output of musicians, particularly young pianists at the start of their careers….I want to help by providing practice facilities to gifted students otherwise rehearsing on home uprights but expected to perform to the highest standards forthcoming exams, concerts and conservatoire entrance.”
The project aims to make a good-quality Steinway grand piano available to those in need. Matthew will further work with the National Youth Arts Trust, and will set up a home-based recital series raising money for musical charities.
For more information about the project and to make a donation, please visit Matthew’s GoFundMe site