Performance practice

Pavel Kolesnikov on historical instruments

For me, one of the ultimate goals of a performance is to make pieces come across as something new, something unexpected and fresh. As soon as you start working with historical instruments, you are jeopardising this aspect. It is very difficult to get away from that; some performers manage it magically, but I don’t see myself doing that.

— Pavel Kolesnikov

Jeal, Erica, “Pavel Kolesnikov, the pianist making ‘a palace of sound built by your own imagination’”, The Guardian, 9 September 2021,, accessed 11 September 2021.

By Greg

Australian composer and pianist