In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org – Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Associate Professor of Keyboard Collaborative Arts and Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California, talks about his heroes. He mentions some of his heroes such as Joseph Levine, Joseph Hoffman, Rubinstein, and Rachmaninoff. Fitz-Gerald also shares that his teacher, Marek Jablonski, was one of his heroes. Also in this segment, Fitz-Gerald discusses what all of his great influences had in common. The pianists had the ability to be themselves and be honest with the music. They each had an individual sound and texture as well. Fitz-Gerald also talks about where sound begins. Sound starts in one’s imagination. Additionally, Fitz-Gerald shares what he admires. All of his heroes had a natural relationship with their instrument.