Play Those Keys, Charles!
Liam Bischoff '15
Virgil Thomson once said, “Musicians own music because music owns them.” This past Friday, a brilliant and extremely talented pianist and all around musician, graced us with his performance: Charles Kieser. Charles inspires and captivates people with his music. The accomplished artist was gracious enough to let me interview him about his outstanding achievements as a musician.
How did you find your passion for music?
I was born and raised in a musical family. Both of my parents work for the San Francisco Symphony orchestra, and I went to concerts and heard music as early as I can remember: classical, pop, folk, etc. I loved listening and wanted to make some music of my own. It was my parents' idea that I should play the piano, but I immediately took to it. I've been playing since first grade.
What motivates you to continue playing the piano?
The piano has done more for my musical skill than anything else. It's taught me everything about musical structure and sound. It's helped me to learn by ear, and it's also given me a huge outlet for my creativity. Still, I've got some ways to go. I don't always like practicing, but I keep at it because of what I can do. I like to think I can always get better when I try.
Where do you see your musical talents leading you in the foreseeable future?
I'm strongly considering a career in music. I won't always be a concert pianist, but I'll definitely keep playing in any way I can; I just love playing, and I learn pretty quickly. I can do orchestras, musicals, bands--I've got lots of options. It's like my dad says, “Musicians never go broke.” I also plan to write and produce music, which I've been doing already. It would be great to get published.
I am convinced Virgil Thomson, a composer and critic, would absolutelyagree that Charles Kieser embodies the quote. Charles is not only able to play the piano beautifully; he is such a brilliant artist and is so passionate about the music he plays. Most importantly, he shares his passion with those who surround him. Thank you, Charles.
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