This Week’s Favorite You Tubes!

My first selection is a Juilliard graduation commencement address that’s both grounded and inspiring. Joyce Di Donato, mezzo soprano, having received her honorary Doctorate resonates at the podium with wisdom and a touch humor–definitely worth sharing with a universe of musicians who can benefit from a perspective refresher and attitude-changer from time to time.

Pianist, Murray Perahia, next chimes in with his take on performing and teaching in this 28-minute interview based in Israel. It begins, however, with a flashback to his studies with Horowitz, then transitions to a spotlight on his forebears in Salonica and their language, Ladino via a heart-wrenching folk-song.

After tender, rekindling moments about Murray’s father, mother, and cultural antecedents, the conversation moves on to Perahia’s masterclasses at the Jerusalem Music Center. I particularly treasured his discussion of theory/analysis and their integration into performance.

I can confirm the same enthusiasm for a discussion about Chopin with Garrick Ohlsson that took place at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Concert Hall.

At 39:32 he commences a thorough analysis of the Nocturne No. 2 in Db which is worth instant viewing even before mouse-clicking the very opener.

Ohlsson has a wonderful gift for synthesizing elements of his analysis, wherein even a non-musician can gain generously from his insights.

The three aforementioned videos are worth the time spent, and in the case of Ohlsson, one can parcel out viewing in segments.

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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4 Responses to This Week’s Favorite You Tubes!

  1. Robin says:

    Awesome. I cannot wait to sit down and watch these.


  2. Fran says:

    Thank you Shirley. Joyce Di Donato’s speech is so inspiring!! Wow! It is one of the finest I have ever heard and I am sharing with friends and family who have chosen music as their career.

    I have yet to see the remaining videos.


  3. Hi Fran, Thanks for your feedback. I follow everything Joyce does on You Tube, especially her Masterclasses that are so valuable for all musicians to savor, not to mention anyone who has a love for music.


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