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Amy Zigler

How would you describe your music?

"I perform a variety of music, but in the last five years I have been primarily performing works of living composers, and many of them as yet ""unknown."" Personally and professionally, I have found more fulfillment and opportunities playing new music. I prefer music that has some sort of tonal center as opposed to serial music or 12-tone.

I am also a musicologist specializing in the music of Dame Ethel Smyth, especially her chamber music. "

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

"As a classical musician in an orchestra, this question doesn't really apply.

However, in chamber ensembles, I find myself leading rehearsals but also trying to get other players to work together. I am not very involved in the booking or marketing of the ensemble.


Describe your gear.

I own a Kimball baby grand piano that was passed down from an aunt, a Yamaha P-200 and a Yamaha P-85. As I largely perform art music, I don't require much gear.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I have not personally witnessed a difference. As a young woman in a music career, I think there may be less external pressure to get a "real job" than a man experiences, but I'm just speculating.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think my generation is blessed with the ability to assume that we'll be able to succeed if we work hard, whereas previous generations fought for acceptance in music programs and concert halls.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

No one specifically gave me advice about a music career, but I would encourage a young woman to work hard, have fun, and enjoy the roller coaster.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I actually don't know. As a young child, I loved to sing and dance to music, and I grew up listening to classic rock, but especially works with piano (Billy Joel, Elton John, Bob Seeger, Yes, etc.). A neighbor could play piano and offered to teach me. Although I picked up other instruments in the public school band program, I always gravitated to the piano and found the greatest solace in it. Ultimately, I gave up playing the other instruments and focused solely on piano in college. It was what I loved the most.

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