I was recently sent a link to an extraordinary video posted by the Telegraph’s Stephen Hough, of renowned pianist, Maria João Pires performing with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under the baton of conductor Riccardo Chailly.

Like any professional pianist, Maria João Pires came well-prepared for the open-rehearsal concert with a Mozart concerto. But as the orchestra begins the first few notes of Mozart’s concerto – No. 20 in D minor, K466, panic streaks across her face as she realizes that it is not the concerto she was prepared to perform.

As she starts to realize what has happened,  she weights her options: flight or fight.

See what she does here:


Michael Vincent

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One Response to Maria João Pires faces the music as she realises she has prepared the wrong concerto

  1. We all make mistakes sometimes. Stage fright is not really a fear of performing for an audience. It’s a fear of making a major mistake in front of an audience at centre stage where everyone will see it & hear it and where there’s no place to hide. I find that the best way to handle stage fright is to decide what you will do if a major mistake occurs before you even walk out onto the stage. You will feel more relaxed if you have a plan and you are prepared for such contingencies. And the more relaxed you are; the less likely you are to make a mistake.