Nice thread idea! I was born in 1994 so I'm at the younger side given the posts I saw in this thread 🙂 I am doing my PhD in Mathematics now and hopefully can finish it in a couple of months. I started to play piano not too early, when I was about 9 years old. I remember that there was an event where you could try out all kinds of instruments, drums, sax, flutes and.. piano. I remember that I have always liked the feeling of depressing keys and being turned off by other instruments where you have to work to even get one proper sound with your lips etc. Although my main instrument is piano I have played recorder for many years, and also the violin. I started to learn organ, accordion and have often played on harpsichords and old pianoforte like Pantaleons, lying harps and things like that. It has always been fascinating to me to hear the sound contemporary musicians and composers heard. It's such a magical moment to play the Mozart A major variations on such a lying harp from the 80's, which is a special kind of fortepiano with a lot of modulation options. I was lucky enough to earn money by giving concerts on these instruments together with my piano teacher, who trained me a lot as a pianist. He is more classically trained and by classical I mean that his interest stops with Schubert. Let's say with mid-late Beethoven. My tendency was always this overly rubato playing and he helped me a lot to sharpen my phrasings with his "Bach ear" because he often simply didn't understand my phrasings when applied to much rubato or similar. Anyways, I blasted through the beginner books quite quickly and so my piano teacher noticed that I have a talent for that. I remember when I was 16 or so that I started to look for the most difficult and virtuosic pieces that exist. I think that's also the time when I started to be interested in classical music at all and especially in score videos. Alkan was a big discovery for me, I didn't even believe it was possible to write music like this. And then the whole journey started, exploring more of those score videos. I'm a bible believing Christian since I was about 18 and so I played piano at my local church every Sunday for about 7 years while studying Mathematics in Germany. This was a great experience and musically it made the connection in my brain for pop music which I normally didn't like that much. When I finished my master, my scholarship ended with that and I applied for a new position to do my PhD which happened to be Austria, and that is where I live now. That was the time when I started my youtube channel. I finished my Master and applied for a new position, and of course the decisions can take months (or you know the whole process). So basically I was in my flat and doing nothing, and at some point I just had to do something productively. And since I always kind of wanted to explore imslp like a little child would explore a playground I started to play all pieces I thought were nice to play from the category "Caprices for piano" on imslp. For hundreds of videos I have had a handful subscribers and I always knew that if I keep pushing like that, playing as best as I can and uploading hundreds of videos, people will simply notice at some point, which luckily happened. In my free time I normally play the classics such as Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven because the pieces I play for the youtube are all those forgotten unknown pieces. And in my free time I actually do not listen to classical music at all anymore but rather to Dubstep, Riddim, Tearout, all kinds of EDM that exists, Doom and Melodic Metal, Old School Hip Hop and Jazz. Which most of it is probably just pure noise to many of you 🙂 But that is fine. Another little facet is that I always tried to find enjoyment in all those atonal and modern pieces. This was a good attitude because it helped me to be fascinated with Prokofievs music for example, something I struggled with for many months. (until I heard the PC's.) However, now being older I start to decide for myself that there are pieces that I simply do not like or think are badly composed. I think it's important to have that freedom. Talking already too long here… but it's a great idea to make the board more personal. Going to enjoy reading all the earlier posts after work!