Not quite -- at least not as you might imagine.
Check out Jessica Duchen's recent post in which she opines: "If I were a real pianist...I would be one of the ones who doesn't show up. I would cancel any concert for any excuse. I wouldn't want to do them. " Wouldn't we all. But then concert halls would be awful quite if there too many real pianists. But we trust "practising all morning, then lying in bed with churning stomach all afternoon, eating far too much chocolate, breaking out in those patches of dry skin" will be well worth it. We wish her best of luck !
Jessica maintains one of the web's most convivial and interesting blogs on the world of classical music. We are happy to add her to our list of "must read" blogs.
Be sure to check out her post on interviewing pianist Robert Taub. Taub's recent book "Playing the Beethoven Sonatas" is well worth adding to your summer reading list. And while reading it, you'll certainly want to have a listen to his fine recording of the sonatas.