Over the years, a special interest for chamber music and collaboration becomes essential for a pianist. For example, working with string or woodwind players enrich the musical experience for any solo pianist. Reinforcing and encouraging young musicians to perform with others expands their musical development. Chamber music brings in more interaction while building community among the musicians. Creating a space to learn from each other can cultivate a better understanding, and collaboration in higher education.
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), was a French pianist and composer. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Gabriel Fauré. Many of his works were written for orchestra, string quartet and solo piano. His Piano Trio in A minor was first sketched in 1913, and finished and premiered by 1915. Some of his musical ideas came to him during a Summer retreat at St. Jean-de-Luz, a southern Basque region where he spent his childhood years.