The story of my obsession with music begins during my childhood. As a young girl of five, one of my most treasured items was a plastic piano that I played with regularly. Because of my fascination with piano, I had convinced my father to get me lessons. I kept with my lessons until I was 20 years and was fortunate to have had many great teachers both private and while studying at the Conservatory of Niccolo Paganini in my hometown of Genoa, Italy. I owe my father so much for the opportunity to study and for his constant, unwavering support in my music odyssey.
Being a model is not as easy as it looks with frequently having to travel all over the world and the long hours involved with shooting. The persistent rigors of traveling and modeling are made worse by the fact a piano is not always available. To this day, I carry with me an extensive repertoire of music on my phone to have in case the opportunity to play presents itself. I can often be found tapping out music on a modeling book as I wait my turn during casting. Fellow models see this curious gesture and want to discover more. Such a random obsession always is cause for a pleasant conversation about the piano!
During my studies at the University of Milan Iulm, the piano was a faithful friend that could be counted on to help me through the stress of rigorous studies and challenging exams. The piano to me is a steadfast friend, always there to give me a boost of energy and relax from the strains of life.
I find transcendence in the power of playing a musical instrument like the piano. As I play, I feel as though I am light years away from my body; the same feeling one gets from meditation.
(Complete interview in italian language on http://pianocitymilano.tumblr.com/post/82368642594/intervista-alida-altemburg)