Watching the piano finals of the Young Musician of the Year competition last night I was just wondering at what stage one masters the technical side of playing an instrument and then it comes down more to the way you perform it. The judge said something along the lines of that for the competitors, technical brilliance was a given so when judging it came down to the way they conveyed their playing to the audience.
What I mean is do all musicians who are learning at a high level reach the same standards technically in the end or do some still have a far superior technical ability than others and does it make a difference or do you just choose pieces to play that you are comfortable with technically? It is obvious of course in children that you can see one is technically superior to another of the same age but does this still apply at the top level such as the performers from last night?
Does this make sense?