2024 Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium

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“Coming into contact with the Taubman Approach has transformed my playing, my thinking and my teaching. Not only has this work made a tremendous difference in my life, but it has also positively impacted my piano students with whom I've been able to share the fruits of this knowledge. A whole arsenal of healthy solutions to technical and musical problems has been made available to me and to them.”

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“Thank you, and for making this possible from my house in Wales! It's amazing to be able to participate in something like this online. It's made such a difference to my life. I can't thank you enough.”

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“I first of all want to thank you for the web symposium! In spite of being at such a distance, the care and organization were wonderful, and the care and passion were palpable from you and all of the master teachers.”

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“It has been a really fabulous symposium. So much detail and I have really gotten a lot out of all the presentations. Very inspiring!!!”

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LECTURES
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JULY 12-14 + 15, 2024

Experience the transformative journey of piano mastery at the 2024 Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium, ONLINE from July 12 to July 14 with a BONUS half-day session on Monday. Join a global community of musicians, spanning all skill levels and ages, united in their quest for solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges.

From the comfort of your own home, immerse yourself in a wealth of enriching sessions and resources, accessible LIVE from July 12-15 and viewable for three months post-Symposium.

Whether you're a newcomer seeking insight into longstanding obstacles, or a seasoned practitioner aiming to refine your knowledge and be a more effective teacher and/or performer, this Symposium caters to your needs.

Delve into a diverse curriculum featuring:

  • Engaging presentations and lectures with trained experts and certified faculty of the Taubman Approach
     
  • Masterclasses with Golandsky Institute faculty and guest artists, Seán Brett Duggan and Ilya Itin (no extra fee to play in the masterclass--video audition required)
     
  • Exclusive performances by world-renowned concert artists, Josu De Solaun and Ilya Itin
     
  • Immersive technique clinics and problem solving sessions (submit questions and passage problems!)
     
  • Personalized one-on-one guidance and interactive Q&A sessions

    AND SO MUCH MORE!
REGISTRATION

Symposium fee: $525 (EARLY BIRD PRICE $475 until end of day June 12, 2024)

Registration includes access to the entire Symposium (July 12-14, 2024) with a BONUS half-day session on Monday, and access to the recorded sessions for three months post-Symposium.

Registration deadline: July 10, 2024.
You can now pay in installments! See registration form for instructions.

Question submission deadline: July 1, 2024
Instructions for submitting questions will be sent upon registration.

Masterclass audition video deadline: Friday, June 21, 2024**
Instructions for submitting the video(s) will be sent upon registration.

Refer your students and friends to the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium and get up to a 20% discount on your registration!*

Refer up to two people and receive a 15% discount on your registration if one of your referees registers, 20% if both referees register. Payment of the refund will be made the day after the registration deadline, July 11, 2024, after confirming your referee(s) have successfully registered.

Submit your referral information on the Symposium registration form, or if you already registered, submit the information at this form.

Video recording of the Symposium will be available to all registrants after the Symposium is finished. Please allow 1-2 weeks for the video to be available. An email notification will be sent to all registrants when they are ready. Be sure to add golandskyinstitute.org to your spam filter so you receive our emails! Videos will be available for 3 months from posting.

Access to the Evening Performances is included for Symposium participants.

Cancellation Policy: The fee is refundable upon written request by June 12, 2024. No refunds shall be granted for participants whose request is received after June 12.

*Referral discount cannot be combined with other offers.

**Please note the date change from the previous deadline date.

LECTURES

Ornaments, Embellishments and Varied Repeats in Bach’s Keyboard Works

In this compelling talk, guest artist Fr. Seán Duggan will explore Baroque performance practice related to these elements and how this information can be creatively applied to performing Bach on the piano.

 

The Spectrum of Connectedness

Running the gamut from silky legato to extremely staccato, many gradations of connectedness are required throughout the piano repertoire. In this presentation, John Bloomfield explores how to manage different degrees of connectedness and offers practical guidelines for using a wide variety of touch at the keyboard.

 

Exploring Chopin's Mazurkas

Chopin composed more than 55 mazurkas, intimate tone-poems inspired by Polish folk dances, between1824 and 1849. These Mazurkas present technical challenges which include leaps, double notes, trills, chords and octaves in addition to the expressive demands of voicing, balance, irregular accents and complex dance rhythms. Mary Moran will discuss these and other considerations using examples from mazurkas of all levels of difficulty.

 

Tackling Presto-Agitato: Moonlight Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 Movement III

In this Lecture/demonstration, Robert Durso will share new insights in playing this difficult movement of a beloved classic.

 

The Connection Between Correct Tone Production, a Healthy Technique, and Musical Expression

Edna Golandsky will discuss some of the incorrect practices that pianists often use that can result in serious technical problems. She will then explain the correct practices that lead to producing tone of every color, and show how these practices assure a healthy technique and freedom of expression.

 
FACULTY

Edna Golandsky

Founder and Artistic Director, Leading Expert

Edna Golandsky is the leading exponent of the Taubman Approach. She has earned wide acclaim throughout the United States and abroad for her extraordinary ability to solve technical problems and for her penetrating musical insight. She received both her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, following which she continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman.

Performers and students from around the world come to study, coach, and consult with Ms. Golandsky. A pedagogue of international renown, she has a long- established reputation for the expert diagnosis and treatment of problems such as fatigue, pain, and serious injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, focal dystonia, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow, and ganglia. She has been a featured speaker at many music medicine conferences. She is also an adjunct professor of piano at the City University of New York (CUNY).

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John Bloomfield

Co-Founder, Senior Director, Faculty Chair, Leading Expert

John Bloomfield is a Ken­tucky native and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. An award-winning solo and chamber pianist, he has been broadcast by Public Radio in New England and 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, and since then 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 and adjudicator around the country, he has lectured at a number of colleges and universities.

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Robert Durso

Co-Founder, Senior Director, Leading Expert

Robert Durso attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, obtained his bachelor of music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and received his master of music degree from Temple University. His principal teach­ers were Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, Harvey Wedeen, Edna Golandsky, Dorothy Taubman, and Rosalyn Tureck.

Mr. Durso has performed extensively, including appearances at Weill Recital Hall, the Philadelphia Ethical Society, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and in a tour of South Carolina sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In September 2000, Mr. Durso was invited to Caracas, Venezuela, by the U.S. Embassy to present the work of Dorothy Taubman for the first time in South America.

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Mary Moran

Co-Founder, Senior Director, Leading Expert

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, and New York, and at Portland State University and Williams College.

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MASTERCLASSES

Ilya Itin has performed with many of the world’s great conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Neemi Jarvi, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yakov Kreizberg, Vassily Sinaisky, Valery Polyansky, and Mikhail Pletnev performing as soloist with orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the China National Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of India; the Mexico City Philharmonic; and the Rochester Philharmonic.

Born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, his piano studies began at the Sverdlovsk School for the Gifted with Natalia Litvinova. He went on to graduate from the Moscow Conservatory with the highest honors in 1990 working with legendary teacher Lev Naumov. Mr. Itin won his first major piano competition while at the Conservatory, taking second place in the 1990 Russian National Rachmaninov Competition. Soon after, he won top honors in the William Kapell Competition, followed by First Prize, and the Special Chopin Prize at the Casadesus Competition (Cleveland Competition), and the Best Performance of a Work of Mozart, Best Prokofiev Performance, and Third Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition.

Ilya Itin is on the teaching faculties of the Musashino Academy in Tokyo, the Academy of the Miami International Piano Festival and the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University. He has also taught in the piano departments of the Juilliard School prep and college divisions, Peabody Conservatory, and the Graduate Program at CUNY. Ilya Itin resides in Tokyo, Japan, and New York City where he maintains a private teaching studio.


Father Seán Brett Duggan, O.S.B., attended Loyola University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained to the priesthood. In September 1983, Father Duggan won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for pianists in Washington, D.C., which entitled him, among other honors, to give various concerts around the country and a two-month tour of Germany. In the “Bach Year,” 1985, he gave complete performances of The Well-Tempered Clavier in New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Birmingham to critical acclaim. In 1991 he participated again in the Bach Competition in Washington, D.C.; this time he was one of three first-place winners, which entitled him to another round of concert engagements and a second tour of Germany.

Throughout the year 2000, the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death, Father Duggan performed the complete cycle of the composer’s keyboard works eight times in a series of fifteen recitals entitled “Bach On the Threshold of Hope.”

Father Duggan, currently on the piano faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia, is in the midst of recording the complete (non-organ) keyboard works of Bach for commercial release.

PERFORMANCES

JOSU DE SOLAUN

[PROGRAM]

[BIOGRAPHY]


ILYA ITIN

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[BIOGRAPHY]


The Golandsky Institute
Presents
Spanish-American pianist
Josu De Solaun
In an

All-Brahms-Recital

Live from Madrid’s Shigeru Kawai Center
Madrid, SPAIN
2024
Produced by Courtiers
Special thanks to Luis Clemente
And
Kawai Spain

Johannes Brahms
(1833 - 1897)

Seven Fantasies, Op. 116

Capriccio. Presto energico
Intermezzo. Andante
Capriccio. Allegro passionato
Intermezzo. Adagio
Intermezzo. Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento
Intermezzo in E major. Andantino teneramente
Capriccio in D minor. Allegro agitato

Three Intermezzi, Op. 117

Andante moderato
Andante non troppo e con molta espressione
Andante con moto

Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118

Intermezzo in A minor. Allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato.
Intermezzo in A major. Andante teneramente.
Ballade in G minor. Allegro energico.
Intermezzo in F minor. Allegretto un poco agitato.
Romanze in F major. Andante.
Intermezzo in E♭ minor. Andante, largo e mesto.

Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119

Intermezzo in B minor
Intermezzo in E minor
Intermezzo in C major
Rhapsody in E-flat major


Josu De Solaun has garnered recognition from critics like Nikolaus Frey (Fuldaer Zeitung) for his "poetic sense of sound, bold artistic vision, and brilliant virtuoso skills, always and totally at the service of the works he performs." He's a two-time awardee of the prestigious International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in 2021 for chamber music and in 2023 as the best soloist.

In the 2023 edition, the ICMA jury expressed: "Josu de Solaun is one of the most impressive discoveries of the past decade. Not only is he a technically impressive pianist, but his interpretative imagination also knows no limits. His interpretations ideally reflect De Solaun's ability to engage with works symbiotically and at the highest energy levels. Free of aesthetic dogmas, the pianist creates cosmoses of a solitary nature."

He is also the sole Spanish pianist to win first prizes at the José Iturbi (2006) and George Enescu (2014) international piano competitions since their inception in 1980 and 1958, respectively. Esteemed pianists like Elisabeth Leonskaja (1964) and Radu Lupu (1967) have previously won the Enescu Competition.

In 2019, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis appointed him Officer of the Order of the Cultural Merit of the Republic of Romania, acknowledging his artistic work and promotion of George Enescu’s music—whose complete works for piano he recorded under the NAXOS label—and Romanian musical culture globally.

Josu, trained by Salvador Chuliá and pianists María Teresa Naranjo and Ana Guijarro in Spain, later studied in New York under pianists Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutiérrez, enabling him to exhibit his musical artistry in various forms. Further studies in New York included composition with Giampaolo Bracali and conducting with Robert Isaacs and David Gilbert, along with chamber music with Robert Mann (Juilliard Quartet) and Isidore Cohen (Beaux Arts Trio).

Jessica Duchen of BBC Music Magazine praised: "De Solaun allows the expression to lead at all times, no matter how intense the virtuosity. There is always an elastic vitality in his interpretations, a warm and intimate approach to his phrasing, and a beautiful, sweet tone."

Justo Romero in Scherzo declared: "It is difficult to imagine a more powerful and creative pianism. De Solaun is one of the most interesting virtuosos of the contemporary keyboard. Spanish and non-Spanish. A vigorous, wise pianism, of refined workmanship and great musicality. We are before a true colossus of the piano, a true virtuoso, in the old style, who makes use of his resplendent technique and the extroverted dramatic, his strong artistic nature to conjugate versions that combine brilliance and effusiveness, fire and delicacy, always with an intense pianistic foundation, all with naturalness, strength, power, sonorous opulence, and intense expressive sense."

Josu has performed with orchestras including the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de la RTVE, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Rudolf Barshai Chamber Orchestra of Moscow, RTE Orchestra of Dublin, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, Orchestra of the Fenice of Venice, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Prague, and nearly all Spanish orchestras, working with conductors like Giancarlo Guerrero, Justus Frantz, Rumon Gamba, JoAnn Falletta, Constantine Orbelian, Christian Badea, Paul Daniel, Enrique García Asensio, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Laurence Equilbey, Rossen Milanov, Yaron Traub, Alexis Soriano, Jonathan Pasternack, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, and Ramón Tebar.

Living in Manhattan, New York from 1999 to 2019, Josu graduated from the Manhattan School of Music (1999-2011) and later taught piano at S. Houston State University (2014-2018). Since February 2020, he has lived in Madrid with his family.

He recently premiered his "Concertino Breve" (2023) for piano and string orchestra in Klaipeda, Lithuania, conducted by Alexis Soriano-Monstavicius. In August 2023, he recorded Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 3 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León for the IBS Classical label. Soon, he'll release a CD featuring Strauss’s Burlesque, as well as Liszt

's two Piano Concertos and Totentanz, with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Pasternack, on ARIA Classics.

Teaching piano at Escuela Superior Musical Arts Madrid (MAM), he nurtures a handful of students and exercises his profound pedagogical vocation.

In 2021, his poetry book "Las Grietas" was published by Edictoralia.

Josu's career has been managed by IBERKONZERT since 2011.


Ilya Itin

PROGRAM

Haydn Sonata Hob XVI 20 in C minor

Haydn Sonata Hob XVI 50 in C Major

Prokofiev Sonata No. 3 Op. 28 in A minor

INTERMISSION

Haydn Variations in F minor (Sonata Un Piccolo Divertimento ) Hob XVII 6

Prokofiev Sonata No. 8 Op. 84 in B-flat Major

Encore Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 in G-flat Major


Ilya Itin has performed with many of the world’s great conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Neemi Jarvi, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yakov Kreizberg, Vassily Sinaisky, Valery Polyansky, and Mikhail Pletnev performing as soloist with orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the China National Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of India; the Mexico City Philharmonic; and the Rochester Philharmonic.

Born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, his piano studies began at the Sverdlovsk School for the Gifted with Natalia Litvinova. He went on to graduate from the Moscow Conservatory with the highest honors in 1990 working with legendary teacher Lev Naumov. Mr. Itin won his first major piano competition while at the Conservatory, taking second place in the 1990 Russian National Rachmaninov Competition. Soon after, he won top honors in the William Kapell Competition, followed by First Prize, and the Special Chopin Prize at the Casadesus Competition (Cleveland Competition), and the Best Performance of a Work of Mozart, Best Prokofiev Performance, and Third Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition.

Ilya Itin is on the teaching faculties of the Musashino Academy in Tokyo, the Academy of the Miami International Piano Festival and the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University. He has also taught in the piano departments of the Juilliard School prep and college divisions, Peabody Conservatory, and the Graduate Program at CUNY. Ilya Itin resides in Tokyo, Japan, and New York City where he maintains a private teaching studio.

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