The other day, a colleague told me that during her studies, her professor, an acclaimed concert soloist, told her, well, I don't want to give you any big hopes, your skill might not be enough for the top orchestras. Today, this colleague of mine is invited regularly to play with top orchestras all over Europe - that's all I can reveal about her - and that speaks for the fact that no-one, really no-one, should give predictions about musical careers.
Because at the end of the day, it depends on you.
I'm Maria Busqué and I've become a musician in spite of others' predictions.
I started late with the piano. Childhood jingling aside, I decided at 17, after many years of piano break, that I would become a pianist. Then followed intensive piano lessons.
I wanted to become a pianist, and I did it in spite of all the opinions. I studied at Barcelona Conservatori Superior and finished my degree at 25. Almost like a miracle, and I say almost, because we all know that in a musical career there are no miracles - only work and a bit of luck.
The need to catch up with my peers as a "late starter", brought be to body awareness methods, to ways to learn pieces much faster, to overcome stage fright. Now, I bring this knowledge to other musicians, as a Resonance Teacher, of which more later.
2006 I moved to Berlin, and worked as a pianist for a while - until in 2008 I broke my right arm: one of my most difficult moments and at the same time, one from which countless positive things happened. After healing, I played better than before (I always say my head was healed in the process), started looking for new challenges, and that's when I played harpsichord for the first time. I was instantly hooked.
2010 I switched from piano to harpsichord - as it turned out, one of the best decisions. Again "starting late", a new sound world opened itself to me and a new way of making music (I will only say: figured bass playing). 2011 I founded Dianthus Ensemble for early music with some of the finest musicians I know. I've learned harpsichord and figured bass playing with them, on stage, thanks to their incredible support.
I always taught over the years; it started, when I was still in school. First, I gave tutoring to earn a bit on the side, later, to pay for my studies. After a while I started teaching piano and accompaning. I couldn't hope for any musical grants - I was too old for that in comparison to my peers. Which has turned out to be an advantage: at 37, I have 21 years of teaching experience under my belt - and with that, I'm ahead of most people.
I have a few private piano students, perform as a freelancing harpsichord player and teach Resonance Training - a bodywork for musicians which goes beyond movement work: it deals with the question how can I transmit my musical intention into sound with less effort? and offers concrete steps on how you can reach that. From time to time I give workshops, from time to time I'm asked to give trainings to other music teachers. And then I also write for this blog (and for my newsletter).
I'm especially focusing now on "late starters", who nevertheless have decided to become musicians. I'm also researching about this topic, and if you're feeling a connection to this topic, if you also "started late", then I invite you to take part in my survey: link to the "starting late" survey
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Certified Resonance Trainer after Thomas Lange (2011-2014)
Piano and Music Theory Diploma from Barcelona Conservatory of Music (former C.S.M.M.B.)
Harpsichord studies at Universität der Künste Berlin
20+ years of teaching experience
Instruments I’ve taught (as a Resonance Teacher): piano, harpsichord, guitar, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, singing, harp, Steirische Harmonika, cajón and conducting.
I play harpsichord + piano (main instruments), and aside also clarinet, violin and historical castagnettes (they’re hilarious). I also took singing lessons for a couple of years. Working with singers is one of the most beautiful things in the world. I’m grateful for all the musicians and piano students I’ve worked with: they taught me how to be a teacher.
Concerts at Festival Avuimúsica (Barcelona), Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Händel-Haus Halle, Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Auditori Winthertur, Mendelssohn Remise (Berlin), Musikfesttage an der Oder, etc.
I'm regularly invited as stage manager for special education projects of Berliner Philharmonie.
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