You’ve definitely heard her piano, but probably not her voice. (For the record, she has a cool German-British-Chinese accent.) UPC sits down with the Frist piano player again, but this time it’s a girl—Sophie Zhang, a post-year grad student in physics who
interrupts your studies plays in Frist every day:
Why do you play at Frist?
Not many people can hear you, or at least they’re not paying attention, so it’s a good place to practice or do anything.
But doesn’t it take a lot of guts to play in one of the most popular places on campus?
Not really. Piano is something I’m comfortable playing in front of a lot of people.
What are your favorite pieces to play at Frist? Do you change up your repertoire according to your mood?
I don’t know that many pieces so it’s the same thing every day.
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would you play?
If I were really good, I’d say something like Carnegie Hall, but I don’t really care. I like Frist because it’s nice playing in front of people, even if they aren’t really listening. Also, you’re taking a lot of notes.
I know, I’m a journalist. Anyway, how do you respond to all the criticisms about “the annoying Frist piano player”?
Really? I’ve never heard anything.
During Dean’s Date, especially, people studying in Frist will complain about it or post something on PrincetonFML… in a joking manner, of course.
Well, Frist isn’t a particularly quiet space, so A) if no one is playing the piano themselves, they wouldn’t mind me taking up the space and B) I’m—hopefully—not really bad and creating excruciating pain to everyone around me.