Pierre van der Westhuizen

“To prepare for a competition, you train like an athlete but you perform like a poet.”

President of the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition, pianist Pierre van der Westhuizen shares a unique look into the world of competitions. He discusses his own musical path to being the President, what it takes to successfully prepare for and win a competition, and how a competition can produce winners with staying power. He ends with a discussion on pianists who successfully built careers without competitions, and a revealing look at how the Cleveland Competition successfully avoids scandal.

 Episode 24

Running time: 33 minutes

Posted on September 6, 2015 .