Tom Mahoney | Tangent Capital Partners | Piano
How does your background in piano contribute to your personal success in business?
I think about playing any piano piece by the great composers as finding solutions to a series of problems, some seemingly straightforward and others of often daunting difficulty. The analytical and recursive approach to solving these technical and interpretative problems in music I find is a helpful template for the sort of pattern recognition and predictive analytics needed to “decode” alternative investment strategies, for example, or the mechanism of action of a novel biotherapeutic drug.
What role does music currently play in your life?
The combination of intellectual stimulation, physical exertion and relaxation afforded by performing music, plus the bonus of camaraderie when playing chamber music, has become a central feature of my free time, one I could scarcely live without.
What are you listening to right now?
I often like, when time permits ahead of a piano concert (by professionals), to try to “get inside the music” by reading through the work(s). I did this recently with the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major.