Carnegie Hall interviews our Featured Member
Harits: Lately, I love listening to Piano Concerto No. 2 from Rachmaninoff.
Carnegie Hall: How did you start playing music?
Harits: When I was four years old, I got a keyboard from my father. And at that time, my older brother had started playing music, and I immediately started to love it and started playing the keyboard.
Carnegie Hall: What is the story of your instrument? Does it have a name?
Harits: When I was in elementary school, I asked my parents for a piano. Unfortunately, my father thought that the piano was too expensive. So, he bought me a second hand one instead. I love my piano, but I've never thought of giving my piano a name. I think it is a great idea and now need to find a good name for my piano.
Harits: School is my favorite place. I have many friends and find inspiration there. I also love to go around Jakarta. I love the city, and, for me, Jakarta is a lovely city.
Carnegie Hall: Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Harits: My biggest inspiration is Rachmaninoff, he really impresses me. Every song he created has its own meaning. I aspire to have the same type of imagination as Rachmaninoff when I write songs.
Carnegie Hall: What do you look forward to this year?
Harits: I will be able to finish learning Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G minor and Étude-tableaux Op. 39 No. 5.
Carnegie Hall: What do you want to ask the other members of Musical Exchange?
Harits: Can you describe what you are feeling when you listen to Rachmaninoff songs?
Carnegie Hall: What is your motto?
Harits: Music is a reasonable thing, music is a thought. If you want to be brilliant with a genius brain, learn music for the rest of your life.
Carnegie Hall: Have any advice for other musicians?
Harits: When you want to play a musical instrument, you need to put your soul into it. If you are not in the mood, do not force yourself to play.
Carnegie Hall: What is the best musical advice anyone has ever given you?
Harits: My teacher, Yola said to me, "Before we start playing a song, we need to create a story about it. The effect is that you can transfer the feeling of the song to your audiences." I thought it was very simple advice, but it's right.
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