I had a good career as a young pianist around ten years ago, performing in several venues and winning some local competitions. This came to a halt when I had to stop due to severe back pain that made it impossible for me to practise at the piano. I managed to take the Music School Diploma in Piano Performance (with 10/10 cum laude) and then I had to stop playing, taking a different career path.
Long story short, in September this year, around ten years later, I managed to solve my back issues. I prepared a new repertoire and am going to perform in a music venue in my current town. It is a small venue, and I am going to share the evening with a clarinettist (we are both playing solo, I am the headliner). I am playing in the UK.
I was preparing a little leaflet with my biography. My biography is short because:
a) I lived in a different country then, in the past, and mentioning the places I played ten years ago would not mean anything to the people here
b) I won mostly local competition that are probably meaningless to people here.
c) I didn't play for the ten years after the diploma, important years for getting stuff done.
So in my short biography I briefly mention that I performed in several venues and won several competitions - without any detail, then I say that I graduated in 2008. At this point, should I mention that I stopped playing the piano due to health issue connected with piano playing? And that this is my first concert in 10 years? How would this come across?
It goes without saying that I am really proud about my story and I would like to share it. But people may think that I am bragging or getting too personal. Maybe people don't want to hear "excuses" about why I stopped playing for 10 years.
So.. how would this come across? Should I just not mention anything and ignore the fact that last entry in my biography is from 2008?