"YOU??" People who have been on the receiving end of this reaction knows deeply how much this hurts. "YOU??"
This is the reaction I get from some of my colleagues in the classical world.
The same reaction I got when I was invited to re-create the US Debut of Glenn Gould at a prominent music series. "YOU...are playing the music of the most famous Canadian pianist?"
The same reaction I got when I was invited to replace a well-known pianist at an international festival. "YOU??...are replacing one of the key exponents of the classical period?"
....The same reaction I got today when an established concert promoter discovered that I was the first and only black pianist to have recorded all the Beethoven sonatas and concerti.
Yes. Me. Got a problem with that?
This is the music I love, this is the music I am going to play, and despite racial profiling and preconceived notions of what kind of pianist I should be by how I look, I'm here to stay.