A Pianist: Wanderings of the Mind and Spirit

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While training to be a concert pianist, Rafael Cortés found that everything was going wrong. He needed to find the courage, patience, and grit to turn his life around. Raised in a military household in Puerto Rico, the fifth of eight children, Rafael knew, from earliest childhood, that he was "different." When his musical training took a wrong turn he realized the need for change, and became the architect of a new life. Coming out as a gay man in his early twenties and converting to Judaism – including becoming a bar-mitzvah at age fifty-two – were turning points in his life. He also made a decision to correct his faulty pianistic technique and to learn, all over again, how to play the piano. A Pianist: Wanderings of the Mind and Spirit will appeal to anyone who plays a musical instrument and has struggled with the challenges – both physical and mental – that come with the joys of making music. It's a brave and insightful book that takes a critical look at the traditional methods of teaching piano and recounts how one man decided to re-engage, not only with his musical calling but also with his own spiritual path.

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Rafael CortÚs was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, and studied in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. He was for thirteen years the Chairman of the Piano Department at the prestigious Turtle Bay Music School in New York. His essays on music have been published by the Clavier magazine. He currently lives and teaches in New York, where he is also a judge for many piano competitions.

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