10,000 Hours | Piano & Orchestra | 15'
The title of 10,000 Hours for piano and orchestra comes from the theory that it takes roughly this many hours of practice to successfully master any skill. In this piece, the skill at hand is piano performance; each of the work’s five movements sets the piano soloist at a different point in practicing—referencing beginner piano music, etudes, and chamber music along the way—with the orchestra serving both as commenter and participant.
10,000 Hours was premiered on January 27, 2011 by soloist Nic Gerpe and the USC Thornton Symphony. This work was awarded the Sadye J. Moss Endowed Musical Composition Prize.