Any soloist will tell you that a good accompanist is worth their weight in gold. A good accompanist provides support for the soloist without overshadowing or dominating the performance, and provides a safety net when things don’t go according to plan.
Accompanying also teaches many vital skills to student pianists, including keeping a steady beat, following another musician’s interpretation, and sight-reading and transposition skills, among others. Many students of mine are currently accompanying school and community choirs, Church congregations and beginner string ensembles, as well as instrumental and vocal soloists.
My top tips for becoming a wonderful accompanist are – [···]