When a pianist is provided for you at an audition, you will have zero rehearsals and only one chance to perform in front of judges. No sweat! Luckily, it doesn’t matter one whit how your pianist feels about you. They will happily provide you the same level of support whether you treat them like garbage or not. Pianists are machines-with-fingers that can read minds, seamlessly adjust for your errors, magically adapt to your miscommunications, and make you sound at least a few notches better than you really are.
Below are 17 specific ways to alienate and annoy your pianist while still achieving the best results for your audition. It’ll be a ambitious adventure, even if you just try one or two of these tips!