In Depth


We’ve all seen professional piano players moving their hands deftly across keys, producing dulcet notes for thousands of people. But what we don’t see is how they get there — the toil, the time spent practicing, the finger cramps. Most professionals start off just like sophomore Anne Blotter: practicing piano every day from a very early age
and staying consistent. Blotter has been practicing piano for almost 12 years and now plays at a high level. To Blotter, playing piano is more than just tapping 88 black-and-white keys to make some kind of melody.

“I love playing all kinds of music because it can communicate so many different feelings and experiences with no words at all,” Blotter said.

Interview and photo by Alex Dagman.