Will Goes Russian

Yesterday, our 20-year-old son Will played at a recital at Wheaton College. He played the Third Movement from Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with Dr. Karin Edwards, his teacher, on the accompaniment piano. This is the last 4 minutes of the movement (it is 14 minutes long total.) If anyone would like to see the whole thing, I will post the other 2 segments in the comment section.  A friend of his took this video from the balcony. The video isn’t sharp, but the sound is good!

We heard this piece develop beginning last summer when Will decided to learn it after hearing the Chicago Symphony perform this at Wheaton with a Russian pianist. When Will decides to do something, all you can do is get out of the way. He would finish with his landscaping job where he worked hard all day, and then he would head straight to a church that let him use their grand piano to practice. He would return home at 11pm sometimes, not even having eaten dinner.

What I admire most in our son is his dogged tenacity and his work ethic. I have learned things watching him. This is a tremendously difficult piece of music. At times, it seemed like it would conquer him. But he kept at it, and ultimately, conquered it. That’s the spirit we all need. Never give up. Tomorrow comes the music!   +Soli Deo Gloria+

8 thoughts on “Will Goes Russian

  1. biggardenblog says:

    [J] Unfortunately our internet connection just isnt good enough of this – I get a few seconds of music, then 10s break … I used to play piano (though gave up one grade before that needed to go to music school) Will’s performance is very impressive. Pride may be a sin, but there’s the natural pride (perhaps love-filled satisfaction in a job well done?) of the parent in a child’s achievements.

  2. Ingrid says:

    I just wrote this to him regarding pride – interesting you bring it up: “We are so proud of you. Why? Because you’re talented? No. None of us has anything to do with our gifts. I’m proud of you because you didn’t give up. You worked so hard and ended up with the joy of performing that magnificent piece. Just like we said you would. You get your teeth into something and you don’t let it conquer you. That’s the spirit I admire. if you love something, really love something with a passion, it gives you the drive to keep trying. Of course, I don’t mean idolatry – all our passions need to be in submission to our chief passion of love for God. But HE is the one who gifts us or gives us things to love. We just have to make sure He is first. So congrats, son. Your dad and I are thankful for who you are as a person. That’s what matters most.”

    That’s the truth.

  3. Kris says:

    First of all thanks Ing for posting. I don’t know if Will reads the comments or has the time to
    read them after seeing that performance. His uncle and I are in AWE. No one could ever tell us that his talent is not a gift from God. God made him to perform like that. End of statement!! Besides playing it like the composer himself, Rachmaninoff, he is not even reading the music. It’s all memorized. WHAT?? We are sooooo proud of him. We can’t explain what our hearts
    feel like. It is also a reflection of you, his parents, Ing and Tom, who have instilled the values of doing the best he can do with God’s help.
    Will, stay the way you are and never let anyone change you. Love always…

  4. Will says:

    Thanks Aunt Kris! You and Uncle are the best. I think of you both everyday 🙂 I am thankful for both of you and all your support!

  5. Carolyn says:


    My husband and I both listened to the entire piece. Magnificent! Utterly magnificent! Rachmaninoff is no easy feat, and without sheet music, no less. Incredible! Excellent job, Will!

    I also appreciated your thoughts on “pride”, which were very well stated.

    Having a talent, desiring to hone it to that level of excellence, and working with the kind of tenacity and diligence as Will has demonstrated here, all are wonderful gifts from the Lord. Bravo, young man! Keep it up.

    Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

    PS: my apologies to any readers who saw my earlier comment, which I asked Ingrid to withdraw. While true, and I stand by what I said, it was not said in a correct heart posture.

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