A private tour inside the palms of pianist Alice Sara Ott – click the squares:
As a pianist, my fingers are masculine and thick. My greatest nightmare is that when I get married, my ring will be bigger than that of the groom. I am haunted by the image of the two rings being presented side by side at the ceremony, whereby my ring would be the larger one of the two.
I love cooking, especially Japanese food. I also love using a very sharp Japanese knife. I once cut my thumb with it, but ironically, it was not while I was cooking. I am extremely cautious when I prepare food, but I somehow stumbled over the kitchen table, on which the knife happened to be placed, and it fell on my hand and cut my thumb. Later, the doctor told me that I was actually lucky – since the knife’s edge was so sharp, the clean cut would heal much faster.
As a child, I used to bite my nails constantly. Generally, I would say that I have hyperactive hands, particularly a few fingers with which I constantly have to do something. As a result, my fingernails and cuticles are a mess. When I play a glissando on the keyboard, my cuticles often tear apart leaving the keyboard all bloody. I don’t feel pain. I guess I’ve grown accustomed to it.
Pianists typically don’t carry their own instrument with them, and often can’t get a decent backstage warm-up, which makes it difficult to avoid cold hands. It was by coincidence that I discovered Rubik’s Cubes, and realised that they are the perfect solution for cold hands. Solving a Rubik’s Cube is really just a matter of algorithms, and once you’ve learnt the algorithm it becomes a memory challenge. The easiest way to solve the cube is actually by doing it fast, while letting the hands work automatically. It becomes a motor skill and an ideal alternative for warming up on the piano. I’m obsessed with these cubes and always carry a couple of them around with me, loosing them all over the place. I believe that I have acquired about 50 or 60 Rubik’ s Cubes in the last five years alone.
My Father had huge hands and so do I. My hands are often bigger than those of my male friends. Naturally, I have big feet as well, which I absolutely hate. I’m not very tall, but my feet are a size 40! In Japan, I can hardly find shoes my size. As a teen, I had very long arms and huge feet. I would go on stage feeling like a gorilla.
I bought the rings myself. These are the two that I like the most these days. I like geometric, clean lines, rather than flowers or girly embellishments. I bought these in Berlin and I wear them all the time, even on stage – I believe that there is no place anymore for rules regarding dress code. I dress however I like, red nail polish and all.