My name is Arthur Simoes, I was born in Brazil and moved to Geneva, Switzerland, at age 10. I had an injury in both of my thumbs when I decided to attend the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton University for the first time in 2017. I had just graduated from the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and my problems started while I was preparing for my Bachelor’s recital. During the weeks preceding the symposium I had watched the 10 DVDs and some videos from the Golandsky Streaming and I was absolutely fascinated with what I was learning. The private instruction that I had in Princeton further expanded my interest and my curiosity for the Taubman Approach.
At that time, despite my injury, I was preparing for the European Music Competition “Città di Moncalieri” in Italy. I decided to travel to New York for a week in October, one month before the competition, to have lessons with Edna Golandsky. I was amazed by the way she made passage after passage feel easy and secure in my hands. Fast-forward one month, I was very happy to win the first prize at the competition, but I was still injured despite having gone through doctors and physical therapy. At that point I knew that I wanted to retrain my technique.
I was finally able to move to New York in October 2018 to study with Edna and that has probably been the best decision I’ve made in my life. I stayed until June 2019. The pain started disappearing after about three months, but that was only the beginning. I slowly started learning more advanced repertoire again and I could play with a sense of ease, security and control that was completely new to me.
I am now back in Geneva, about to finish my Master’s degree in Dalcroze Pedagogy and about to start teaching piano, improvisation and Eurhythmics at the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute in September. I have also recently resumed performing and I continue to take lessons with Edna through Skype. My next goal is to start working towards Certification in order to be able to teach the Taubman Approach in Switzerland and to help people from all over Europe.
I am eternally grateful to Edna for showing me the path to a healthier way of playing the piano, and therefore a happier and more fulfilled musical career.
Arthur Simoes, July 2020