You Get to Carnegie Hall through Practice, Practice, Practice…
Carnegie Hall is just as impressive as they say it is and getting to play there a second time was as exhilarating as the first for Richard Jones '20.
Having earned the chance to play again in the winner’s recital by American Protégé International competitions, the Carnegie Hall performance of “Valse” by Chopin capped off his 2019 Spring Break in grand style.
Richard is grateful to all the people who helped him on his journey toward this goal. The support he received from the faculty, Chapel staff and students who listened to him practice countless times was invaluable. This includes the chance to practice on the Gilmour Academy Steinways. When he got to New York City, he had the pleasure of practicing in the experiential room at the Steinway store. He believes his access to the Steinways at Gilmour for practice helped him with his mastery of his music selection, which ultimately carried him to the stage at Carnegie Hall.
The end result of all this practice, practice, practice? A chance to play on one of the most notable pianos of all, a Steinway, on one of the world’s most notable stages.
Richard and his family shared their particular gratitude to Matthew P. Figgie '84, who had the vision for the Steinway program at Gilmour and provided the Steinways now housed around campus.