Introduce yourself please?
My name is Johnson Adenuga. I am a musician by profession, and I play the piano as my major instrument. I graduated from University of Ibadan in the year 2016, where I obtained a Bachelor of art degree in Music.
When and why did you start playing?
I started learning/playing the piano in the year 2009 from Peter king college of music.
Music is what I love participating in, even from my secondary school education; though I was in the science department then. I was not genuinely interested in a particular instrument back then. I, however, just love the art. In fact, I started off with the drum set before switching over to the piano. One reason I can give for that is my keen interest in organizing sounds.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
I am actually the only one in my family that is actively engage in the art. I have not had any musical interaction with any member of my family, though I am looking forward to it. However, my fondest musical memories were experienced at the MUSON school of music, where I obtained a diploma in piano performance.
Foremost was my experience with Maria Asseeva – the resident Pianist at Muson at the time. She was also my major teacher. She really impacted so much in me within the short period of timeI knew her. Hey prowess as a pianist is second to none.
One of my fondest memories was also my performances at the Christopher Kolade Foundation’s award. The preparations and rehearsals were energy draining, but a wonderful experience that will forever sit in my memory. Fortunately, I was one of the awardee.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Yes I perform in public.
One of the criteria to graduate at MUSON is to do two public performances of pieces you have worked and agreed upon with your major teacher in form of a recital. The two performances is for both years of the two years program – one for each.
I have performed at the ABRSM high scorers’ concert. The concert is a performance for ABRSM candidates who had distinction in the practical examination (from grade 6 to 8) and also for candidates who performed well for their ABRSM diploma examination. I, at the time, had a distinction in grade 8 practical exam, which qualified me for the performance.
I also performed at the British Council’s Christmas Carol party in 2013.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
The best thing to do is to move on, which is what I do most time. ‘To move on’ might not be as simple to do as it sounds, however, all through my experience as a performer, it is the best thing to resolve to. This level of understanding might not be understood when being taught or told, it gets clearer through your experience on the spot.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Yes I do
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
I would advise that they continue to perform whenever they have the opportunity to. It is mostly getting used to being watched.
In addition, I discovered of recent that engaging in some meditation exercises could be helpful. It help boost your level of concentration at what you are doing at the moment.
How often and for how long do you practice?
I practice everyday, but at varying length of time. This most times depends on what my schedule is for the day. I sometimes practice for 3 hours a day and some other days could be an approximate of 6 hours. I, however, discovered that practicing in patches takes you long enough. I should point this out as well that your musical knowledge or prowess is not determined by the length of your rehearsal but by the contents in your rehearsal plan, which should be executed with discipline.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Well, in that area, I am still working on it. It is quite difficult to balance. I have a time-table I work with but it is subjected to changes. On the overall, I am still working on the bal