"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. "YOU??" 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.

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