The Steinway Experience With Nadine Jo Crasto
Young Steinway Artist, Nadine Jo Crasto began learning the piano at the tender age of 9, under the tutelage of Myrna Fernandes. In 2015 she graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying under Colin Stone. She completed the LTCL Examination in 2009 at the age of 17 and received two awards for the ATCL Examination the previous year, having achieved the highest marks in Mumbai.
She has participated twice in the All-India Music Quest Competition achieving Gold Seals and winning first place in the Jazz and Popular Music section in 2011, as well as in the All-India Con Brio Festival, at which she was a semi-finalist in the year 2010. In 2018 she was invited to join the contingent of Con Brio competition winners and participate in the festival.
Get to know more about Nadine as part of The Steinway Experience.
How Did You Get Introduced To Steinway Pianos?
I remember growing up watching a number of DVDs of my favorite musicians and noticing all of them performing on Steinways. Whether it was Classical, Jazz, Rock, no matter the genre the one common instrument between them was always a Steinway. Seeing all the musicians I looked up to all choosing Steinway instruments made a huge impact on me and from a young age, I just knew there had to be something special about a Steinway piano.
Tell Us About Your Piano.
I have an Essex Baby Grand at home (I always say it would be the only thing I would take with me in a fire). It has a lovely rich tone and a very clear treble, the touch is perfect for me and my style of playing, just the right amount of heavy and light. It’s just a few years old but it has changed everything about me as a musician. My technique has improved more over my physical connection to the instrument has made it so much easier to achieve whatever I envision and that’s because the instrument is just so easy to play on. It’s now a 4-year-old instrument that’s played a minimum of 8 hours a day and I can honestly say my Essex truly sounds better every passing day.
Do You Have A Memorable Moment From A Performance On A Steinway?
I was in my early teens and set to perform at a concert. I remember being extremely nervous before the performance because I hadn’t been able to try the piano beforehand. When I went on stage I saw it was a Steinway and immediately breathed a sigh of relief! From that moment till the end of the recital I was in my own world, Steinway allowed me to express every word, I had in mind, every image, every color, it was as if the concert hall didn’t exist, I still remember ending with a piece by Debussy and being in awe at what that instrument was capable of achieving. I will never forget that day.
Do You Feel Your Piano Pushes You To Play Better?
I know it does, in the few years I’ve had this instrument my playing has improved so much, mainly it has helped me focus on my identity as a musician and not worry about anything else. Also, owning a Steinway instrument motivated me to work harder and allowed me the freedom to explore my music in a way I never could before. With the Steinway brand comes a certain aspiration to strive for excellence, which motivates me to strive to do better every time I practice.
If Someone Were Looking To Buy A Piano, Which Steinway Piano Would You Recommend?
I think any instrument from the Steinway family would cater to beginner and advanced pianists equally. However, in my opinion an Essex upright would make a good instrument for beginner to intermediate level pianists. Boston and Steinway are perfect for advanced pianists because the action and tonal quality of both allow for more detailed subtleties and articulation required at that level.
How Would You Describe A Steinway To Someone Who Has Never Played One Before?
Imagine owning a paintbrush that can not only accurately draw and paint any image there is, but one that can also capture every emotion in its truest form held within that image.
How Would You Describe Steinway In Three Words?
Comfort, Class and Excellence.