What a wonderful community.
I'm sixteen, and I come from a very musical family. My mother began teaching me piano when I was about 6 years old. She taught me for about 3 years, and then I began taking lessons from my mother's cousin who majored in music. I was only with her for a few years before she got very ill and had to stop giving piano lessons. Anyway, I stopped taking piano lessons in seventh grade, and began again my tenth grade year of high school, which was last year.
I realize that it really hurt me to stop taking lessons for that period of time, and there's nothing I regret more than not having stuck with my piano lessons.
Anyway, I plan on majoring in music performance on oboe. I began playing oboe in fifth grade, and I am now a junior in high school. I'm currently working on Haydn's Oboe Concerto in C-major for solo and ensemble contest. It's not a crazy-hard piece, but I guess this community isn't about oboe, anyway... (Sorry.)
With a major in music, I've heard it helps to be able to play piano. Besides that, though, I love playing piano, and I'm glad that I've gotten serious about it as of late. I mean, technically, I've been playing piano for 10 years, but I haven't been taking lessons for 10 years.
Like I said, I come from a very musical family, and I'm very passionate about it. I memorize every piano piece I play (and very, very quickly, at that), and I'm told that I play with good technique and all that jazz.
I plan on continuing piano lessons throughout college. I love piano. The only thing keeping me from majoring in piano performance is the fact that I haven't been serious about piano for very long. (That and the fact that oboe players tend to get a lot of scholarship money...)
The point is, I want to be good at piano. Even if I don't end up majoring in music, I want to continue playing piano, no matter what. I want to play piano for my children, and I want to play piano when I'm 60. Even if I have to take piano lessons until I'm 26, I'm determined to be able to play Chopin and Rachmaninoff (whom I adore) sometime in my life.
Now, I have a question. Does anyone know of some intermediate pieces that would be good for strengthening the left hand? My right hand is definitely a lot better than the left (it's funny, though, because I'm actually left-handed), and I would just like to know if anyone has any favorite pieces that would allow me to work on my left hand. Any help would be appreciated.
Oh, by the way, I prefer classical composers.