Subscribe to the thinking that Malcolm Gladwell offers in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, and you’ll extrapolate that Soshanguve-born Thandi Ntuli is an expert pianist. Gladwell writes: “…researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours”.
Ntuli (27) would beg to differ. Not with the postulation necessarily, but she queries its conclusion as it applies to her. When asked whether she considers herself an expert, having started piano lessons when she was just four, she hesitates, even though she’s got a staggering amount more than the requisite 10?000 hours under her belt.
“Tjo, I don’t know hey. I don’t think so … I think it takes experience and someone who has a complete grasp of their personal style coupled with great technique. It’s an artist who has found their voice and is working on growing it. I’m still searching. I don’t know if I’ll ever think I’ve gotten there.”
Read it at the M&G.
Image – Thandi Ntuli (M&G)