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1/15/2001: I am a violinist who would like to study orchestral conducting, but the problem is the piano. I play the piano but I never have studied it. Do you think that it is indispensable for being a good conductor to get a good level of technique with the piano and to practise orchestral reading at the piano?

It is not indispensable but it is helpful. It is even more helpful in opera. Many string players are very fine pianists and many conservatories require some piano study. But the more important thing is the ability to read scores. Check the summary of subjects for other messages regarding the training of conductors and score-reading skills.

2001 by Joseph Rescigno. The text here may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes as long as credit is given.

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