Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten)

Pearly words of wisdom flowed so naturally from the pen of Irina Morozova, a concert pianist and teacher, who responded graciously to my set of pointed questions.

As introduction, she’s a Mannes College of Music piano faculty member and teaches children at the Special Music School/Kaufman Center in Manhattan.

Immersed in a richly rewarding career mentoring students, performing, and giving masterclasses in local and international venues, her inspired thoughts are shared in unedited form with videos interspersed as they pertain.


1) There’s a dualism to your career that’s bound up in teaching and performing. 

How does preparing for a recital grow your mentoring skills?

Frankly, there is no connection whatsoever. To prepare a recital involves time where I concentrate on myself. At least I try.

If we look at this issue somewhat more generally, there are apparent advantages for students to study with a teacher who is active as…

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