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Piano Technique: The Weight transfer cosmos, and thumb fluid motions

In the course of teaching that encompasses interactive learning and partnered journeys of discovery, I find myself wanting to share pupil/mentor epiphanies that flow from lessons. Most recently the subject of arm weight transfer in legato and staccato emerged from a cocoon of mystery for many. Some of my adult students kept saying, "I just… Continue reading Piano Technique: The Weight transfer cosmos, and thumb fluid motions

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Saying Happy Holidays with Mozart!

What better way to celebrate the joys of this season and passage to 2022 than with Martha Argerich and Maria Joao Pires playing Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, KV 365. https://youtu.be/7fzYOtaJcxU And for good measure, I've added one of the composer's most soulful middle sonata movements. (Adagio, Sonata, K. 332) https://youtu.be/NgyYk0NlzVM With… Continue reading Saying Happy Holidays with Mozart!

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Kyohei Sorita is a standout at the Chopin Piano Competition in Poland

There were 85 pianists rolled out in the LIVE streamed continuation of the XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw commencing October 2, 2021. (The preliminaries had taken place between July 12 and 23rd.) With a current paring down to 45 pianists, the Stage 2 phase is in progress with Stage 3 and the Finals… Continue reading Kyohei Sorita is a standout at the Chopin Piano Competition in Poland

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A Walk Down memory lane with Dvorak

My first association to Dvorak is the composer's New World Symphony without consciousness of his precious 2 "Pearls" for piano solo. These double your pleasure treasures derive from the collection, Young Czech Pianist, published in Prague by Urbanek with Dvorak describing them as "undemanding works aimed at children." (The autograph went missing for many years but… Continue reading A Walk Down memory lane with Dvorak

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New pianos abound for my students!

It looks like the pandemic was true to form in igniting interest in buying pianos-- mostly NEW for my brood, with one fully restored grand plucked from Coach House Pianos in South Wales: A 1950's era Hamburg Steinway 'B,' that shimmers with a well-defined resonant bass supporting a tonally beautiful mid and upper range. https://youtu.be/EkQ6cu5b7Nw… Continue reading New pianos abound for my students!

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The Preliminary Round of the Chopin XVIII International Piano Competition in Poland

Every five years, Chopin's Polish homeland hosts an International Competition in Warsaw that includes many illustrious names in its roster of winners: Martha Argerich, Garrick Ohlsson, Alexei Sultanov, Krystian Zimerman, among others. The event was first initiated in 1927. This year Maestra Argerich is one of the judges on a panel that will hear entrants… Continue reading The Preliminary Round of the Chopin XVIII International Piano Competition in Poland

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Partnering with Adult Piano Students in choosing pieces

After many decades of working with adult pupils who have rekindled an interest in taking lessons at various life junctures, (including retirement), I've learned that affording them opportunities to choose repertoire is the best route to a harmonious and rewarding learning journey. Naturally, once an adult student has mastered rudimentary note reading and basic rhythm… Continue reading Partnering with Adult Piano Students in choosing pieces