15 Questions for Pianist Michael Adcock

15 Pianist Questions: This is a list of questions we’re asking pianists as part of a series. Some of the questions may have been borrowed or altered from some other questionnaires. Just a fun way to get to know current performers.

In this list we're getting to know pianist Michael Adcock. You can also hear an interview with him from August 2018 here. These are the answers he submitted to our questions.

  1. What did you play on your very first piano recital?
    That would be "March of the Dwarfs" by Grieg.
  2. If you could have dinner with a composer, who would it be?
    That's a tough one, as there are so many great choices, but probably Franz Schubert. 
  3. If you weren’t a musician what other job would you have? 
    Oh, either a doctor or an architect... those were the two other professions that I always considered growing up.
  4. Do you have any built-in musical associations, like a smell or a color that you associate with a key, a note or a piece?
    Not really. I don't experience what some refer to as synesthesia, when I hear music of certain keys. Instead, I tend to associate certain emotional "affects" with keys.
  5. Dogs or cats?
    I appreciate the qualities and characteristics of both!
  6. What is your musical guilty pleasure?
    I would say some pop and new age performers. I really like listening to Enya, and I follow some of the American Idol contestants like David Archuleta, simply because I love his voice. Also, I am a big Elvis Presley fan. :-)
  7. You've traveled and toured, what's your favorite restaurant?
    Best two restaurants I've been to have been Komi in Washington D.C. and Nobu in Hawaii.
  8. What's your favorite food?
    Whatever I'm enjoying at the moment, seriously.
  9. If you had to cancel a concert and could choose any pianist to step in for you, who would it be?
    Oh gee, this is a bit presumptuous; would rather have a reincarnated Wilhelm Kempff or Walter Gieseking step in for me.
  10. Who is your least favorite composer?
    I would say probably Saint-Saëns.
  11. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
    Ability to fly.
  12. What is your pet peeve?
    I try and not have these; I prefer to try and practice improving my tolerance level when I experience these. :-)
  13. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
    Most definitely an introvert, and sometimes a practiced, effortful extrovert.
  14. Is it easier to play in a recording studio or in front of an audience?
    Audience, most definitely--less nerves and stress in the studio initially, but it can be a cold experience without the presence of an audience.
  15. Who is the most famous person you know?
    Musically, it would be my former teacher Leon Fleisher; in the non-musical world, it would probably be the former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who I met briefly at a Mideast Peace Conference at the Aspen Institute where I was Artist-in-residence.