Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like the only way to get ahead in the world is to be an egotistical jerk?
I’m sure that there probably are a number of self-obsessed bungholes in the upper echelons of every field, but I don’t think you have to act in such a way in order to find success, happiness, and meaningful work.
Say hello to David Kim
Case in point, violinist David Kim has been concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, and is one of the most genuine, kind, and open people you’ll ever meet. In this interview, you’ll see his remarkable humility, honesty, and self-awareness on display, as he talks about his own experiences that led him to discover that it is possible to lead effectively with kindness and generosity.
In addition, he shares his insights on…
How to practice for onstage confidence, and the results it garners, despite its simplicity.
The three phases of practice he goes through in preparation for a performance.
The revelation he had one day, that may help you worry less about what other people think.
One of his favorite strategies for getting into the zone, passed on to him by his childhood friend, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
His vote for the greatest concertmaster of all time.
What it means if you see him take his ring off one hand, and put it on the other hand in the middle of a concert.
Performance psychologist and Juilliard alumnus & faculty member Noa Kageyama teaches musicians how to beat performance anxiety and play their best under pressure through live classes, coachings, and an online home-study course. Based in NYC, he is married to a terrific pianist, has two hilarious kids, and is a wee bit obsessed with technology and all things Apple.
After Countless Hours of Practice, Why Are Performances Still so Hit or Miss?
It’s not a talent issue. And that rush of adrenaline and emotional roller coaster you experience before performances is totally normal too.
Performing at the upper ranges of your ability under pressure is a unique skill – one that requires specific mental skills and a few tweaks in your approach to practicing. Elite athletes have been learning these techniques for decades; if nerves and self-doubt have been recurring obstacles in your performances, I’d like to help you do the same.
Click below to discover the 7 skills that are characteristic of top performers. Learn how you can develop these into strengths of your own. And begin to see tangible improvements in your playing that transfer to the stage.