Golandsky Institute Seminar at Chapel Hill, NC



Edna Golandsky will be presenting various aspects of the Taubman Approach in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in two one-day seminars, on February 15 and 16, 2020. This seminar is open to professionals, teachers, students, and amateur pianists.

Each of the one-day seminars will include:

  • Lectures on the Taubman Approach
    • SaturdayPreventing and curing injuries – root causes and solutions
    • SundayThe technical basis for tone production and musical expression
  • Master classes, to resolve technical and/or musical aspects of the work
  • Problem-solving sessions, where participants can bring technical and musical passage problems
  • Individual lessons for advanced students, observed by seminar participants
  • A concert Saturday evening, free to all seminar participants
  • The opportunity for 30- or 60-minute individual private lessons with Ms. Golandsky immediately before and/or after the seminar as time permits.
  • An introduction to the Taubman Approach for local participants: the viewing of selections from Golandsky Institute DVDs on February 9, 2020.

Seminar location:

Private Residence, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


ALL events will be open to observation by ALL participants.

Saturday, Feb. 15 Sunday, Feb. 16
  • 9:30 to 10:30: Lecture and Q&A
    • Preventing and curing injuries – root causes and solutions

  • 10:30 – 11:15: Master class

  • 11:15 – 12:00: Master class

  • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch break

  • 1:00 – 2:15: Ask a question, get an answer

  • 2:30 – 4:30: Individual lessons for advanced students, observed by seminar participants.

  • 7:30 – 9:30: Concert featuring pianist Josu De Solaun
  • 9:30 to 10:30: Lecture and Q&A
    • The technical basis for tone production and musical expression

  • 10:30 – 11:15: Master class

  • 11:15 – 12:00: Master class

  • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch break

  • 1:00 – 2:15: Ask a question, get an answer

  • 2:30 – 4:30: Individual lessons for advanced students, observed by seminar participants.
  • Sunday, Feb. 9, 2:00 – 6:00: Viewing of Golandsky Institute DVDs at seminar location
One-day seminar participation $95*
Early Bird registration (before December 15) $75*
Two-day seminar participation $150 ($75/day)*
Early Bird registration (before December 15) $120 ($60/day)*
*Students age 24 and under may participate for half price. There will be no refund for the seminar participation fee.
Master class (45-minute sessions): $125†
Advanced Technique Clinic (60-minute sessions): $190†
†Space is limited. Applicants may be asked to submit a video depending on demand. A 50% refund may be requested if not selected to play in the master class/clinic.
30-minute private lesson: $100
60-minute private lesson: $190

Concerts on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 are free to all seminar participants.


Group rate at Hyatt Place Chapel Hill/Southern Village

1090 US Highway 15 501 South, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

The hotel is very close to the seminar location.

The "Golandsky Institute" group rate of $119/night is valid for stay dates of Feb. 14-18, 2020, first come, first serve. There are only 15 rooms available at the discounted rate. Although the cutoff date to make reservations in the group block is January 24, 2020, these 15 rooms may be taken long before that date, so please reserve immediately to secure your room at this rate. The normal rate at this Hyatt is $199/night. Rooms with two queen beds are also available.

Call in reservations: Call the hotel at 919-929-9511 and request the "Golandsky Institute" group rate of $119/night

Online booking: Visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/north-carolina/hyatt-place-chapel-hill-southern-village/rduzc?corp_id=G-ONSC . The Corporate/Group Code is: G-ONSC


Saturday, February 15, 2020
7:30 pm

Josu De Solaun

To buy tickets only to the concert without seminar participation, visit the Chapel Hill Salon website.


  • R. Schumann Arabeske Op. 18

  • J. Brahms Six Pieces Op. 118

  • M. De Falla Fantasia Baetica (Andalusian Fantasy)


  • E. Granados The Maiden and the Nightingale

  • C. Debussy Ondine
    Feux d'artifice

  • R. Schumann Grand Sonata Op. 11


"De Solaun lets expression lead at all times, no matter how intense the virtuosity. There’s a bouncy vitality to his playing, a warm and intimate approach to phrasing and a beautifully mellow tone."


As a First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest (founded in 1958 and won by legendary pianists such as Radu Lupu, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Dmitri Alexeev), the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition and the First European Union Piano Competition, held in Prague, Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in Bucharest (Romanian Athenaeum), Venice (Teatro La Fenice), Saint Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre), Washington, DC (Kennedy Center), New York (Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera), Princeton (Taplin Hall), London (Southbank Centre), Paris (Salle Cortot), Leipzig (Schumann Haus), Taipei (Novel Hall), Mexico City (Sala Silvestre Revueltas), Prague (Nostitz Palace), Rome (Academia de España), Menton (Festival International de Musique), and all major cities of Spain. He is the only pianist from Spain to win the Enescu and Iturbi competitions in their respective histories, and was recently invited to a private reception with the King and Queen of Spain at the Royal Palace after winning the coveted Bucharest prize.

Beginning at a young age, he has performed in France, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Japan, China, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, and Switzerland as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist, playing under conductors such as Constantin Orbelian, Ormsby Wilkins, Gheorghe Costin, Rumon Gamba, Romeo Rimbu, Ilarion Ionescu-Galati, Robert Houlihan, Karl Sollak, Marco de Prosperis, Alvise Casellati, among others, as well with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Orchestra Filarmonica la Fenice of Venice, George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Malaga Philharmonica Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de la Region de Murcia, Spain’s Radio and Television Orchestra (RTVE), American Ballet Theatre Orchestra of New York, Lvov Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, and Bari Philharmonic Orchestra of Italy. His performances have been broadcast on Spanish National Radio and TV, Taiwanese National TV, Czech National TV, as well as on New York’s WQXR, Princeton’s WPRB, and Chicago’s WFMT.

His repertoire includes rare piano concerti like Bernstein's Symphony Nr. 2 "The Age of Anxiety", Giuseppe Martucci's 2nd Piano Concerto, Britten's Diversions, Hummel's A-Minor piano concerto, Constantinescu's Piano Concerto, as well as the complete concerti of Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Bartok.

He has recorded the complete works for piano of George Enescu for the NAXOS Grand Piano label and Les Noces by Stravinsky, also for the same label, with Joann Falletta as conductor. Future releases include an album of Czech Piano music, and concerti by Liszt and Bartok.

Josu De Solaun is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where his two main teachers and main musical influences have been pianists Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutierrez. He has also been mentored by Albert Lotto and especially by Edna Golandsky.

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