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Biography
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Philosophy

 

There are several things that are important to me as a teacher.

The first is simple: kindness. The relationship between teacher and student is founded on kindness and respect.   I am rigorous in my teaching, and demanding, and seek to impart the highest musical and technical standards to my students.  However, kindness is the all-important bedrock on which my teaching rests.
 
I want to help each student find his or her musical voice at the piano.  We become pianists to express something unique and deeply personal to us as musicians and as human beings.  It is my role as a teacher to help a student discover and develop that unique voice.

I have been extraordinarily fortunate in my life to have worked with great artists.  I studied closely with Rudolf Serkin in his home at Guilford, Vermont, and this was an unforgettable experience for me.  Another formative experience was working with the great pianist and teacher, Leon Fleisher.  I have had illuminative coachings on the works of Schubert, Beethoven, and Mozart with Alfred Brendel.

My early technical training was with two masters of the keyboard; Jeaneane Dowis, the renowned assistant of Rosina Lhevinne, and the Russian virtuoso Ania Dorfmann, at The Juilliard School.  Madame Dorfmann taught technique in the honored tradition of the Russian school, and Ms. Dowis taught the vigorous technical methods of the Lhevinne school.

Teaching is the art of passing on tradition.  It is my hope that as a teacher I can impart to my students some of the extraordinary lessons I have received from these great masters.  It is my privilege to see my students graduate and go out into the world as committed performers, teachers, and musicians.