Catch classical pianist Timothy Birendra Marthand at the Taj Falaknuma Palace this weekend
It is no surprise that Timothy B Marthand decided to be a pianist. In fact, the
41-year-old started his musical journey at the age of seven, deeply influenced by his father’s fascination with the piano. The musician has since performed around the globe, making him one of the most sought-after pianists in the music fraternity.
Going back to his learning days, he says he initially hated his piano classes. “My parents knew I would not listen to them, which is why they arranged for a teacher to come home. I even managed to convince my brother that the teacher had in fact come to meet him. So he first took the classes that I had skipped at the time,” he says with a laugh. However, he adds that once he heard his dad playing the piano, it opened a whole new world for him. “Believe me, I am still learning,” he offers.
Comparing the learning facilities he had during his early days, he says, “I would say people now have better opportunities, infrastructure and teachers. I had an ear for music, but could not pursue it. Now, those interested can find many teachers. There are also a lot of tracks on the internet which were unavailable then,” he shares.
A proud owner of two Steinway & Sons pianos, Marthand says he will be playing the Fourth Ballade by Frédéric Chopin, Mozart’s Sonata and a piece by Scarlatti. Though a staunch follower of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Classical era composer from Germany, he mentioned that he will not be playing Bach this time. “This show is just a gateway for many other shows to come, and probably early next year is when I have a show dedicated to only Bach, where I would be playing the 75-minute long Goldberg Variation by the German legend,” he adds.
Catch the maestro live at Taj Falaknuma
Palace on December 17 from 7 pm onwards.
— Nishad Neelambaran