Top pianists and other musicians have been performing at some of the world’s most important concerts, and the top five performers at the 2018 Grammy Awards were pianists Levit, Myra Sedgwick, Alexander Malikov and Daniel Levy.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the top performers are all performing at the highest levels.
“The people performing at those levels are usually in the top 10 to 15,” said Paul Merton, a professor of music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a pianist who has taught at the Boston Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music.
“But when you are looking at the best performers, the top 50 percent of the performers are not necessarily performing at a very high level.
That is a matter of individual skill.”
Top pianists perform the highest on the charts.
Levit ranked fifth on the Billboard Hot 100 in January.
“That’s pretty much the way the system is set up,” he said.
“It is a good way to look at it, but I’m not trying to take away from the fact that if you want to do something as prestigious as the Grammy Awards, you should be playing in the same way.”
Levit and Sedgowski are two of five top performers for 2018 on the Hot 100.
They rank fifth, ahead of Levit’s partner, David Lynch, and Merton’s partner in 2018, Eric Church.
“They are not as popular as some of their colleagues,” Merton said.
“We are all very fortunate to have some really great people in our life, who are performing at an exceptional level,” said Levy.
“And that is what matters.”
The best performers at all of the Grammy’s awards, according to Merton and other experts, are usually the top 5 percent of performers at those awards.
For example, the Top Five list lists five of the top 100 performers, followed by the Best Soloists, which lists the 10 best male soloists.
“There is a sense of being in the right place at the right time,” Mertens said.
For example, Merton played on the top-ranked piano in 2016, at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, with Levit and Lynch, when the two performed on “Somewhere in Time,” the Oscar-winning film that starred Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman.
The Best Male Soloists list includes Michael Fartenberg, David Hockney, and Dwayne Johnson, and Best Female Soloists includes Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce.
Merton did not play on that list this year.
“There is no reason why I would not be playing on that,” he joked.
“I have an incredibly strong relationship with David Lynch.
I was really happy to be on that.”
The top five piano players at each Grammy’s Awards have been announced, as well as the five best male and female soloists, and each of the five Best Male and Female soloists from the 2018 awards.
There are two male pianists who have been nominated for the prestigious Grammys, which has not happened since 2002.
There were four male piano players who were nominated in 2017, and one male piano player in 2018.
“I think this year’s Grammys are a little different from the past two years,” Mennert said.
The Grammys have been on hiatus for a while, and it was a surprise that no male pianist was nominated.
The 2018 nominees include three female piano players, and five male pianos.
“The Grammys were very much about the art of performance, and a great deal of the work that goes into it has to do with being able to play the best pieces of music,” Mernert said, adding that the awards are “the ultimate showcase for a musician’s talent.”
“I’m sure it will be interesting to see if the 2017 and 2018 winners are comparable,” he continued.
“If we can’t agree, I think we’ll be disappointed.”
Merton and his wife, Myrtle, have been working with a team of composers, including the award-winning composer John Cale, to create a new program at the Berkley Conservatory that will include music that is specifically designed to teach children the fundamentals of music.
“It is very different from what we have been doing for years,” he explained.
“We are trying to create something that has the same level of focus and the same attention to detail that we put into the program we have for our students.”
The program, called The Music of Learning, is scheduled to debut in early 2018.
Mertertens will be the lead instructor, and he is looking for students to take part in the program.
“My goal is to take a group of students who are already playing piano and bring them up to a level where they are able to really listen to the music and learn about it,” he told