Pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski:Shimmering Personality and Gleaming Artistry

Go to Konstantin Soukhovetski’s Facebook profile and you‘ll learn that this concert pianist has a Bachelor of Music and a Masters degree, as well as an Artist Diploma from the distinguished Juilliard School in New York City. But when you meet Konstantin in person, you’ll soon find out that his talents and activities are far from being limited to the piano. It almost looks like the charming and distinctly unconventional 29-year-old is seeking to...
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Crafting The Well-Tempered Pianist: Teaching The Taubman Approach

The second article in this series about the Taubman Approach familiarized the reader with some of the many testimonials regarding the validity of Taubman’s work, its significant impact on pianists of all levels, and its ramifications for injured instrumentalists. We have heard from musicians who had questions answered they did not even know they had — yet were essential to their well-being at the instrument. I really appreciate the opportunity to reach out to a...
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Connecting with pianist Gabriela Montero

I recall one of my visits to Manhattan’s Upper West Side’s Tower Records store — now a thing of the past — listening to a version of the well-known “Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu” blasting over the shop’s speaker system, while customers were browsing through the somewhat disorganized piles of CDs. It was 2005, and Gabriela Montero had just released her first CD on EMI — a mix of a great easy-listening classical repertoire, Chopin and Liszt,...
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Crafting the Well-Tempered-Pianist: The Taubman Approach / Testimonials

After introducing the first article in my series about the Taubman approach, I received very varied responses. They were not only sent to this site, but also to a friend’s Facebook pages, and to some general websites that attract musicians, where I had posted the link to my series as well. The reactions ran the whole gamut, ranging from interested to enthusiastic to doubtful and even hostile. At first glance, it may appear hard...
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Concert Meister Series

Not macht erfinderisch, wie man sagt.  Um Kosten für teure Anreisen und den Hotelaufenthalt internationaler Künstler von hohem Rang zu sparen, hatte die New Yorkerin Simona DeFeo die brilliante Idee, einzelnen Musikern, die ohnehin für Engagements mit ihren Orchestern in den USA eingetroffen waren, Soloauftritte vor Ort zu verschaffen. Diese konnten dementsprechend preisgünstig angeboten werden. Zusammen mit dem israelischen Pianisten Elisha Abas, der sich durch seine weltweiten Auftritte mit verschiedenen Orchestern ein dichtes Netzwerk...
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Crafting the Well-Tempered-Pianist :Introducing the Taubman Approach

While conducting research into my continuous passion — piano playing in general and how to improve my technique in particular — I was surprised to find a recently published book that claims to address piano pedagogy, yet fails to acknowledge some of the most widely discussed developments this field has to offer. Internet and library searches on the subject have resulted in lots of different leads, often offering random discussions, very personal and vague...
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Transcriptions and Collaborations, why not mix it up a bit?

Some days ago I posted a link on my Facebook page about the upcoming collaboration between a classical pianist and a jazz pianist which I had come across browsing the Internet. The link shows pianists — each an icon in their own right, but coming from entirely different corners of the piano world — playing together in an eminent European concert, the production of which had received a spectacular amount of publicity. There had...
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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein says dare to be yourself

Long before I met with Simone Dinnerstein for the first time, I was already admiring her. In 2000, I heard her play at Juilliard’s Schumann Concerto Competition, and despite the fact that Jeremy Denk, her competitor at the time, was chosen to play the concerto with the orchestra, I felt very strongly about her performance as well, and developed an interest in the young pianist. And so it came as no surprise for me...
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Necessity is the Mother of Invention: The Concert Meister Series in New York

To save on costly travel and hotel accommodation for international high-calibre musicians, Simona DeFeo envisioned a concert series of solo performances for musicians who had already arrived in the country with their orchestras. Moderate pricing of the concerts would be an added advantage of her concept. Together with Israeli pianist Elisha Abas whose long career and many connections in the international music world helped facilitate the series, a new concert entity was born: The...
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Carnegie Hall and Shanghai Tang Celebrate Chinese Pianist Lang Lang

On the occasion of Carnegie Hall’s “Ancient Paths – Modern Voices” festival which celebrates Chinese art and artists, Shanghai Tang recently gave a cocktail reception honoring Lang Lang at its luxurious Madison Avenue boutique. Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director, Sir Clive Gillinson, used the event to focus on Lang Lang’s extraordinary career, and to draw attention to the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which supports young Chinese musical talent. Lang Lang himself made...
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