'Christopher Seed is not only an excellent pianist: he can play the piano both normally and in 'mirror image'. With his specially built 'left-hand piano', he performs classical and romantic repertoire but with the melody in the left hand, the accompaniment in the right. The visual aspect of his performance is of course arresting, but it is in discussing his unique pianistic approach and the implications of conceptualising the music in reverse format that his talents become fully apparent. One then realises the considerable psychological ramifications of his pianism, as well as the many attendant musical issues - for instance, what constitutes 'high' and 'low' in piano music, and the relation between the score's notation and the pianist's mental and physical 'translation' thereof.'
Professor John Rink, Royal Holloway College, University of London
'Dear Chris, I hope you got back safely, together with your wonderful instrument. This is to thank you again for all you did here. In the very first place your beautiful concert. I was impressed by the intimate style of your performance, almost introverted. The programme was, after all, also very balanced. To end with Chopin's Berceuse is another act of intimateness and seriousness. But you have also been an amazingly cooperative human subject. No question from the audience could upset you-there was always a thoughtful and insightful answer. That is as rare as left-handed keyboard playing! For us this has been a unique and most satisfying occasion.'
Wilhelm Levelt, Director, Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, Holland
Keyboard Mirror responses:
'Dear Mr Seed, I recieved the Keyboard Mirror MIDI Module last monday. It came in good order. It works! I have only had short moments to practise with it, but so far I think it is great fun. It is stimulating for the mind to put every chord and every interval upside down. Thank you very much for this pleasure!'
Vriendelijke groeten, Peter Besseling, Germany
'I think that this is the best thing ever. What is weird is that in 1998 I was discussing with a friend that we should make a left handed piano, because I taught myself to play the treble with my left hand and it is really hard for me to learn opposite of what I taught myself to do. Anyway, I guess we were a little late on that, but I would love to get some info. on prices and models of left handed piano's.'
Lisa, Kalona USA
'I wanted to be the first to build a left handed piano and I was 'til I searched it on the interent and found out about Christopher Seed - he is now my god....'
Nicolas Balcombe, Lima, Peru
'Dear Mr. Seed, thanks a lot for your interesting reply and congratulations to your lefthand-success!'
Norbert Martin, Left Hand Corner Magzine, Germany