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The 2009 Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium Biographies

Edna Golandsky
Artistic Director

Edna Golandsky 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. As the face of the Taubman Approach, Ms. Golandsky discusses each of its elements in a ten-volume video series.

Mrs. Taubman has written, "I consider her the leading authority on the Taubman approach to instrumental playing."

John Bloomfield

John Bloomfield is a Kentucky native and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC. An award-winning solo and chamber pianist, he has been broadcast by Public Radio in New England and he has been heard on the air in New York under the auspices of Ars Viva. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, since which he has been a long-term student of Dorothy Taubman and Edna Golandsky. He has taught at Adelphi University and in the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music. In demand as a clinician around the country, he has lectured at a number of colleges and universities. He was invited several times to teach in Taiwan and has been a featured presenter at the Breckenridge Music Institute, state MTA conventions and the 2005 MTNA Convention. He was the keynote speaker at the 2007 MTA convention in California and will present again at the 2009 MTNA Convention. He maintains a studio in New York City and travels regularly to Portland, Atlanta and the SF Bay Area to consult and give lessons. He is a co-founder and Senior Director of the Golandsky Institute, for which he also serves as faculty chair.
John Bloomfield

Sophie Till

British violinist Sophie Till has been working with Edna Golandsky translating the Taubman piano technique onto the violin. Sophie is head of the string department at Marywood University, PA and Director of the Marywood String Project where, under Edna Golandsky’s guidance, she has been developing the Taubman approach for string players at all levels. Sophie studied with Zakhar Bron and Charles Treger and has degrees from the Royal Academy of Music, London and the UMass Amherst. She is currently working on a PhD at the University of Leeds in the UK. Sophie has been on the faculty of the Royal College of Music Junior Department and at Eton College. She has presented numerous recitals in England and the US and on tour in France, Germany, India, South America and East Africa. Her strong interest in young musicians has led her to combine recital tours with master classes, workshops and international chamber music events for young players. Concerto performances include appearances with the European Community Chamber Orchestra and London Schubert Players. Sophie was the 2004 recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship and a 2005 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Award, both for her work on the complete Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas with Ron Stabinsky. In 2008 they recorded the sonatas in concert for a series of three radio programs for WVIA FM. Sophie and Ron have been featured on WVIA television performing Beethoven and in 2009 gave the opening concert for the new high definition TV theater with their program “More than Encores.” Sophie recently directed a Schubert Festival in Northeast PA.
Sophie Till

Robert Durso

Robert DursoRobert Durso attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University and received his Master of Music Degree from Temple University. Mr. Durso has performed extensively, including appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Toronto Music Festival, Temple University, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and in a tour of South Carolina sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In September of 2000, Mr. Durso was invited to Caracas, Venezuela by the US Embassy to present the work of Dorothy Taubman for the first time in South America. He has conducted master classes and concerts at Mount Holyoke College, Portland State University, Berkeley Chapter of the San Francisco MTNA, Spokane Music Teachers Association, NEPTA in Boston, Tel Aviv, Israel and Rome. His engagements abroad have included concerts at La Chiesa della Palma in Cagliari, Sardinia where he premiered a work by Sardinian composer Roberto Mirigliano; the Palazzo Cenci in Rome; the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna; L'Atelier in Brussels, as well as concerts in Zurich, Taiwan and Oxford, England. Mr. Durso has performed with the Yaquina Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Ogden Stiers in a four-concert tour of the Oregon coast. Mr. Durso has worked with Edna Golandsky and Dorothy Taubman since 1983 and was a faculty member of the former Taubman Institute. Recently, Mr. Durso performed and gave master classes at Castelfranc in France.

Mr. Durso specializes in audition and competition preparation. He has produced several first place winners in national and international competitions, including, The Bartok/Kabelevsky International, Artist International NYC, Ambler Symphony Young Artist Competition, The Cal Rudman Competition and The Marymount Concerto Competition. His students have been accepted and have attended several of the leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, New England Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory.
Mary Moran

Mary Moran has been on the adjunct faculties of Russell Sage College and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York teaching applied piano, music appreciation, and arranging.  She has studied the Taubman Approach to Piano Performance since 1977, primarily with Edna Golandsky.  She was a faculty member of the Taubman Institute of Piano from 1981 through 2002, and has been recognized for her application of this approach to children’s pedagogy.  She has been invited to lecture on technical training for students and give master classes by many music teachers’ organizations in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, at Portland State University, and at Williams College.  She performs frequently as a soloist, a duo-pianist, and a collaborative pianist. A founding director of the Golandsky Institute, Ms. Moran has taught in Lecce, Italy at the Symposium on the Taubman Approach in 2003 and in Grenoble, France in March of 2004.  She frequently teaches and gives master classes in the Montreal area.  In addition to maintaining a private studio at her home in the Capital District of New York State, she regularly speaks at teacher training events sponsored by The Golandsky Institute, and mentors teachers in The Golandsky Institute’s Professional Training Program in Massachusetts, and in Kingston, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.

Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner is a native of Los Angeles, California. He earned Bachelor, cum laude, and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Mildred Portney Chase, Robert Ward, Nina Scolnik and Edna Golandsky. He has studied the Taubman Approach since 1984. Mr. Steiner has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and duo pianist in recitals in Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, the Midwest and New England. He is pianist for the Sierra Trio, a Bay Area based violin, horn and piano ensemble. An active teacher, coach and clinician as well as performer, Mr. Steiner has presented lectures and Master Classes on the Taubman Approach to music teachers' organizations in the Northern and Southern California regions. He served as a faculty member of the Taubman Institute and has been a member of the Golandsky Institute faculty since its inception. He maintains his private studio in San Pablo, California, and teaches on a regular basis in Los Angeles and Chico, California.

Marc Steiner

Luisa Guembes-Buchanan

Concert pianist, musicologist and educator, Luisa Guembes-Buchanan was born in Lima, Perú, where she received her early musical education at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. She holds degrees in Performance and Musicology from the Manhattan School of Music, C. W. Post College, New York University and Boston University.

In addition to giving numerous master classes and recitals, Ms. Guembes- Buchanan has lectured on such diverse topics as the film music of Hans Eisler, the jazz influence in the music of Ravel, the flamenco elements in the music of Manuel de Falla and the music of Perú during the colonial period.

She has produced CDs of the five extant piano sonatas of E.T.A. Hoffmann and Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana as part of her study of Hoffmann as a composer and his profound influence on Schumann. Recently, her research study of Beethoven’s Late Period has led to a six-CD set containing the five piano sonatas op.101-111; the two cello and piano sonatas op.102 nos. 1 and 2; the Bagatelles op.119 and 126; piano piece WoO 60; and two fragments from the Artaria 195 sketchbook.

Ms. Guembes-Buchanan is dedicated to promoting the education of young performers and to facilitating performance opportunities for them.


Alan Wasserman

Alan Wasserman is a Magna cum Laude graduate of Rowan University with a degree in Music Education.  He is the founder/director of MMI, which has over 30 teachers that travel to students’ homes for lessons and a past president of the prestigious Music Educators Association of New Jersey (over 300 members).
He presents “Guided Listening Recitals” at pre-schools and retirement communities and receives enthusiastic response from people of all ages. His commitment to teaching has led to his involvement in Monster Concerts.  The most recent one featured performers at 32 Steinways in Red Bank, NJ, with duet teams at each piano. The largest was in 2004 when, as the President of the historic Cecilian Music Club founded in 1883, he led a group of 40 American students to join with 60 Chinese students in presenting a 100 piano Monster Concert in Shanghai, China.

Alan has attended Taubman/Golandsky seminars since 1984 and currently studies with Edna Golandsky.

Mark Love

A twenty-year music retail and wholesale veteran with national and international experience, Mr. Love has shown a special passion for working with music educators throughout his career.
In his current role with Jacobs Music Company, he consistently works to promote active music-making within our communities with a specialty toward Steinway & Sons networking, master classes and artist relations.
Mr. Love is a current member of multiple boards and fundraising committees including: Musicopia; The University of the Arts: The Haviland Society; The Philadelphia Orchestra Corporate Partners Committee; Immaculata University Friends of Music; and the Settlement Music School “Settlement 100" Corporate Committee.

Ron Stabinsky

Ron Stabinsky received his first music lessons at the age of five from Michael Hoysock, his grandfather. Currently, he is stimulated by the process of improvising music in solo and small ensemble situations, while continuing to be inspired by studying and performing music of various past traditions. He has studied the art of improvisation with Bill Dixon and Joel Futterman. Sessions with Jack Wright and the many manifestations of Jack’s generous spirit in the world of improvised music have also provided much impetus for recent growth in Ron’s own work. 
Since January 2007, he has been producing an ongoing series of music performances, often focused on improvisation, in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He received Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Grants in 2007 and 2008 for this series. Recent performances of written repertoire include the Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with the Wyoming Seminary/Performing Arts Institute Civic Symphony Orchestra (Kingston, PA) and the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with violinist Sophie Till. 
Ron is a piano student of Edna Golandsky and Ilya Itin. He is the 2008 recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship.