Our goal at the University of Kansas is to teach the best students at the highest level, and it’s not always possible for them to come from Asia or Europe to Lawrence, Kansas to audition. The Disklavier offers a valid, artistic way to evaluate potential talent, and it gives students a chance to go anywhere in the world. But of course we hope they come to KU!
We go to a concert hall and use Disklavier playback with synchronized video to evaluate pianists in the Virtual Audition round of the International Piano-e-Competition. Often the general public attends the playback in addition to the judges. The way people listen to these performances is really enlighting. Everybody whispers, even though they cannot disturb the performer in any way. And after an especially fantastic performance, people hoot and clap because the contestants can really reach the audience through the medium of the Disklavier.
At first encounter with Disklavier technology, one may experience disbelief as one does not expect such accuracy of color, detail, rhythm - but the system is honed to such a degree that such accuracy becomes reality. Disklavier adds an entirely new dimension to creativity, teaching, communication, and there is so much to be explored.