Recorded and edited 04/20/05.
I studied classical piano for close to nine years. At the urging of my teachers, I entered into, and placed in, several contests -- though I don't believe my theory was ever really that strong. Anecdote: Once when I was very young an equally precious Asian girl was sent from the room of the contest crying after learning that my scores had surpassed hers. Her family did not look impressed.
I have never owned my own piano, though I did rent a fairly decent upright for a year or so before moving into this house. I miss it. I really hate trying to play Mozart on plastic keys!
Photo: The author in 1988