Andrew Staupe is an American award-winning pianist; Andrew’s playing has been broadcast nationally and his concerts have met raving reviews. He’s performed all over the world– I’m excited to feature Andrew today!
Andrew doesn’t come from the ‘typical pianist’ background (read on to see why), but he’s making a name for himself anyways. Plus, Andrew shares tips on succeeding as a pianist.
What Quality Distinguishes Me
The biggest thing that separates me from other concert pianists is my unique background in the arts.
I started out in Classical Ballet, then moved on to musical theater in Minneapolis (Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater), then delved into early music (I started my own choir, the Leoninus Ensemble), and picked up the violin at age 15.
I’m a pianist first and foremost, but it’s the variety of things I’ve done and want to do that separates me from most other concert pianists these days.
I also trained in Minnesota and Texas, and not in New York at Juilliard or Curtis in Philly… that’s another thing too. I guess you could say that I came out of the woodworks!
Andrew’s Practice Schedule
“[My schedule is] flexible and ever-changing.”
My practice schedule depends on what is coming up, and whether I have performed the pieces or not.
If I don’t have anything for a while, I’ll take the time to learn new music; this is my chief joy.
The process of memorizing doesn’t feel like work to me at all. However, woodshedding (aka repetition of tough passages, increasing the metronome up gradually) certainly DOES (feel like work).
The closer I am to a concert, the more I practice, from a few hours to all day, depending on the type of concert and where it is. But it’s flexible and ever-changing.
The Utmost Important Quality of Every Pianist
“It’s so competitive, there are so many letdowns, and there are so many struggles that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.”