In Princeton, no sign of piano conformity – The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Golandsky Institute’s annual International Piano Festival, in its concert with the New Jersey Symphony, demonstrated that its methods, which promote injury-free pianism, don’t produce conformity. It’s a valid concern. Sharp-eared music lovers can often identify students of a particular teacher without knowing the player’s resumé. But on Thursday at Richardson Auditorium, Golandsky mainstays Ilya Itin and Sean Duggan showed little family resemblance when Itin performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 (K. 414) and Duggan played Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 (BWV 1053). Clearly, the institute’s Taubman Approach releases individuality instead of mediating it.