02/17/2013 - 11:12am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
At age 98, Eleonor Sokoloff, piano pedagogue at the Curtis Institute of Music, is a major fan of Facebook and iPad. I have known Mrs. Sokoloff since I was a teenager auditioning to Curtis. I have... Read More
01/19/2013 - 12:54pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Congratulation to bass-baritone Musa Ngqunqwana (AVA), tenor Billy Davenport (AVA) and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel (Curtis) on advancing to semi-final round of Metropolitan Opera National Council... Read More
01/10/2013 - 1:49pm EST by
Johnny Conga
The study of the Conga drum Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today and also my methods developed over 25 years of teaching how to play the Conga drum. ‘Balanced hands” .my methods of ‘... Read More
01/05/2013 - 11:47am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Metropolitan Opera began transmitting live performances to movie theaters in 2006. I attended one performance at the Met to see a former student. Cameras were everywhere, including unobtrusive moving... Read More
12/28/2012 - 12:29pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
This is a rare footage of pianist Vladimir Sokoloff collaborating with flutist Julius Baker in live performance of Poulenc's flute sonata on 60s TV broadcast. When I was a piano major at Curtis,... Read More
12/20/2012 - 10:18pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
This is how the great violinist Fritz Kreisler described violin prodigy Josef Hassid (1923-1950). Hassid's talent is hard to explain. He had to be touched by a divine power and his story is a tragic... Read More
11/30/2012 - 10:56pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
This 2010 interview with Dr. Chuan C. Chang, the author of "Fundamentals of Piano Practice", touches on a complex subject of learning. Passionate about piano, Dr. Chang, a physicist, puts on a hat of... Read More
11/06/2012 - 11:25am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
PL: Before you became a schoolteacher, you had a music career. Tell us about it. DH: I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher, but I had several other interests along the way. I... Read More
11/01/2012 - 5:12pm EDT by
Jeremy Shilley
What is practice? Most of us are not simply musical prodigies who pick up an instrument or start to sing and are instantly brilliant.  What makes the great musicians great is their ability to... Read More
10/30/2012 - 10:50am EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
Outside Carnegie Hall, nicely dressed people held up sings that read "will pay any price for a ticket." At 97, it was Mieczyslaw Horszowski's last Carnegie recital. Horszowski's first Carnegie... Read More