Or do they train with hybrid numeric piano. If they train using acoustic piano how do they prevent trouble with neighbours ?

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    I guess most pro pianists will have access to a piano studio - usually with a grand rather than an upright - or live somewhere that neighbours just won't be a problem. Doubtful they'd use an electonic, somehow.
    – Tim
    Aug 21, 2019 at 6:51
  • with the middle pedal - sostenuto pedal - they can play piano more piano: youtube.com/watch?v=GPccjhQ4QoQ Aug 21, 2019 at 8:43
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    I'm afraid @Albrecht Hügli is confused about the function - or rather the two different functions - of a middle pedal. It can have a sostenuto function - keeping the dampers raised for notes already played but not new ones - or it can be a 'practice pedal' - moving a felt strip in front of the hammers to deaden the sound. Not both! Aug 21, 2019 at 10:38
  • Lawrence, you are right. I wasn't thinking of the sostenuto function as you're describing. There is another trick that some pianos have: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_pedals Aug 21, 2019 at 11:57
  • @AlbrechtHügli - on the kind of pianos consert pianists would be happy playing, the middle pedal would almost certainly be sostenuto. i think you could mean keeping the 'soft' pedal pressed would make it quieter - and on a grand, wouldn't really affect the action. A housebrick would suffice...
    – Tim
    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:30

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Yes. As a professional, there's no way one could study on anything but a real piano.

A professional pianist masters the instrument in a way that to perform a piece giving it all he/she has in mind, a real piano will be needed, or the desired sound just won't be achieved.

That being said, if there are specific circumstances in which a pianist can't gain access to a real piano, some alternative may still be better that nothing, but that is some specific scenario which is very unlikely to happen to a professional pianist.

how do they prevent trouble with neighbours?

If they play for a living, which is the case you're asking, a professional pianist will have to find a way to prevent trouble with neighbous. That can include limiting practicing hours to hours when people don't try to sleep, somehow isolating the room where the piano is... Really depends on each case; the pedal options mentioned in some comments and answers are not really solutions. They may help some time, but it can't become a rule.

Hope this helps!


This site says:

Silent piano playing:

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You'll get opinions that 'classical' piano can ONLY be learnt on a real piano. But yes, the constraints of modern living make it necessary for a lot of students to practice on an electronic instrument. Not ideal, but inevitable. And you can learn a LOT of piano on them.

I wouldn't bother with attempts to dampen or isolate a real piano. They don't make THAT much difference. And a neighbour inclined to object to piano playing will still object if they can hear it AT ALL! I had a neighbour once who claimed to be disturbed by the keyboard clatter of an otherwise completely silent instrument.

  • You mention students. The OP asks about professionals, who most likely would want to rehearse with a piano of the same quality as the one he would play in the coming concert, surely.
    – Tim
    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:33
  • If we're going to be pedantic, he asks about 'professionals training'. Not 'professionals practicing'. Aug 21, 2019 at 14:09
  • Perhaps there is a sort of middleground here? Not all pros (of anything, really) are equal, and I bet some professionals who aren't really as successful as they'd like do use electronic pianos, but I also bet that the pianists at the very top of the earnings spectrum can afford the workarounds of, say, studios in which to practice, for example. Ah, money... Why do we love thee so?
    – user45266
    Aug 22, 2019 at 1:00

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