THE GOLANDSKY INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2016 SUMMER SYMPOSIUM AND INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
NEW YORK— The Golandsky Institute presents its 13th annual Summer Symposium and International Piano Festival at Princeton University where pianists, teachers, and students alike come to experience the works of great composers and deepen their understanding of the art of piano playing. The Golandsky Institute gives pianists transformative tools for physical health and musical expressivity. By helping artists avoid injury, the Institute ensures that classical music will have a bright and sustainable future.
The Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium and International Piano Festival takes place July 9-17, 2016 on the campus of Princeton University. Participants come from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and from all over North and South America to learn one thing—the Taubman Approach.
The Golandsky Institute is the preeminent center for the teaching of the Taubman Approach, which is a groundbreaking analysis of the mostly invisible motions that function underneath a virtuoso technique. The resulting knowledge makes it possible to help pianists overcome technical limitations as well as cure playing-related injuries. It is also the way that tone production and other components of expressive playing can be understood and taught.
2016 SUMMER SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS
Lectures, master classes, private lessons, and technique clinics fill each day of the Summer Symposium. Please find below the list of special presentations for 2016.
Chopin Preludes: Simplifying Technical and Musical Challenges
Presented by Edna Golandsky
Edna Golandsky will unlock and simplify some of the most common technical and musical challenges in these beloved pieces.
The Secret of Slow Playing
Presented by Edna Golandsky
The physical and musical challenges of slow playing often cause it to sound static and uninteresting. Edna Golandsky will demonstrate the reasons for this, showing what we need to know to make the music flow and sound deeply moving.
The Beauty Within: Using Technical Control to Manage Accompaniment Figures
Presented by John Bloomfield
Accompaniment figures play a crucial role in pieces written for the piano, giving life and lilt to the music. In fact, these figures often imbue the music with its emotional depth. John Bloomfield will explore many different patterns, demonstrating how to conquer their technical challenges and exploit their inherent expressive qualities.
Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs): How to See the Trees from the Forest!
Presented by Robert Durso
Is Liszt inherently difficult? In this lecture/demonstration, Robert Durso will discuss the musical, textural and technical challenges of this much loved work. Find out how some of Liszt's most difficult passage work is solved using The Taubman Approach, thereby producingease in both practice and performance.
Navigating the Franck Sonata - movements 3 and 4
Presented by Mary Moran
Mary Moran continues her analysis of the Franck Sonata, one of the finest pieces in the chamber music repertoire. She will complete her 2015 discussion of the technical and interpretive issues in this masterpiece, concentrating on the piano part of the third and fourth movements.
2016 INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
In addition to the Summer Symposium events, the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival occurs each evening concurrently with the symposium. Symposium participants and members of the Princeton community attend concerts featuring world-class artists. Please find below a list of 2016 artists. Additional program details for artists will be announced in spring 2016.
Sunday, July 10, 2016 Josu de Solaun, piano
First prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition, this Spanish pianist has enchanted audiences worldwide. He is a former student of Edna Golandsky.
Monday, July 11, 2016 Fabrizio Chiovetta, piano
This Swiss pianist specializes in the music of Bach and Schubert. His recital features these master composers and coincides with a highly anticipated CD release of the music of Bach.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Wei Luo, piano
The 17-year-old piano prodigy from the Curtis Institute of Music made her Princeton debut at the Institute’s festival last year and returns this year for a highly anticipated encore concert.
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Jennifer Zetlan, soprano / David Shimoni, piano
This young soprano has debuted to great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera and performed with the New York Philharmonic. Pianist David Shimoni collaborates with her for this summer chamber music concert. Mr. Shimoni has previously studied the Taubman Approach with Edna Golandsky and Ilya Itin.
Friday, July 15, 2016 Ilya Itin, piano
“A brilliantly insightful pianist” (The New York Times) and gold medalist at the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin returns to his adoring Princeton audience. He is also a faculty member at the Golandsky Institute.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Bill Charlap, jazz piano
One of the world’s foremost jazz pianists and artistic director at New York’s famed 92 Y’s Jazz in July Festival, Bill Charlap delivers the only jazz concert at the Institute’s festival.
ABOUT THE GOLANDSKY INSTITUTE
The Golandsky Institute instructs pianists in the skills that enable them to realize their highest potential as performing artists. It also teaches them how to overcome technical limitations and recover from playing-related injuries. It provides training for teachers in the diagnostic tools necessary to teach healthful skills to musicians of all levels. Through educational programs, professional collaborations, continued research and multi-media publications, the Golandsky Institute seeks to raise the awareness of the musical community and the public at large to the problems musicians face and the solutions available to them.
The Golandsky Institute was established in 2003 by Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield, Robert Durso and Mary Moran to bring high-level training in the Taubman Approach to the musical community. This Approach has proven to be highly effective in the resolution of technical limitations and playing-related injuries. The aim of the Institute is to provide musicians with a foundation that allows for full artistic expression and the development of virtuosic technical ability.
The work of the Golandsky Institute is presented internationally through private instruction, lectures, master classes, performances and symposia by a team of expertly trained faculty members and teachers who are all highly regarded in their own right. In addition, the Institute produces critically acclaimed learning materials, including several series of DVDs, a photo-rich book, and videos of lectures, master classes, and seminars available as downloads or through the digital subscription streaming service available at golandskyinstitute.org.
ABOUT THE TAUBMAN APPROACH
Decades ago, Dorothy Taubman's genius led her to analyze what underlies virtuoso piano playing. The result of that investigation has produced a body of knowledge that can lead to an effortless and brilliant technique. It can also prevent and cure fatigue, pain and other playing-related injuries.
Edna Golandsky is the person with whom Dorothy Taubman worked most closely. In 1976 Ms. Golandsky conceived the idea of establishing an Institute where people could come together during the summer and pursue an intensive investigation of the Taubman Approach. She encouraged Mrs. Taubman to establish the Taubman Institute, which they ran together as co-founders. Mrs. Taubman was Executive Director and Ms. Golandsky served as Artistic Director. Almost from the beginning, Mrs. Taubman entrusted Ms. Golandsky with the planning and programming of the annual summer session. She gave daily lectures on the Taubman Approach and later conducted master classes as well.
REGISTRATION AND TICKETS
Summer Symposium registration is currently open January through June 2016. Visit golandskyinstitute.org to register and for additional information. Admission to the International Piano Festival is included with symposium registration. Festival-only tickets are sold separately and will only be available starting in June 2016.