The Life of Godowsky : Part 1 Polish-American virtuoso pianist Leopold Godowsky was also a composer, and a teacher. He was one of the most highly regarded performers of his time. Watch this lively lecture on the life of Leopold Godowsky by our Artistic Director Carl Petersson.
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Alkan – Ancient Melody From the Synagogue Listen to one of Charles-Valentin Alkan’s preludes based on an ancient Jewish melody, performed on a Fazioli piano by Carl Petersson from our live session on March 20, 2020.
Music is magic we can all access. “Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Music is a magic we can all access, whether it be through singing, playing, or simply listening. J.K.Rowling must have written this based on experience. You see – music has a very special way of touching our heart and soul. It even has restorative healing properties for the mind, body, and soul. We can’t see music, but we can certainly feel music when it touches us and release feelings [...]
Nora the Concert Cat If you adore felines and music, here is a light-hearted post that will make your heart leap with joy. A one of a kind cat received her own dedicated concerto piece with some help from a Lithuanian composer! Mindaugas Piecaitis, the a-mew-sing composer, got this idea after he received a link to a video of Nora the cat playing the piano. Piecaitis is said to have been “enchanted by Nora’s abilities,” and as time progressed he questioned his sanity, writing a concert piece for a cat. This four legged musical talent who goes by [...]
The Most Difficult Piano Practice Technique? What is the most difficult technique when practicing the piano? Here is a little gem from our Artistic Director Carl Petersson! Happy practicing!
The importance of a music education. In a day and age where both youth and adults pursue instant gratification, is music education important? Is there even a point in practicing an instrument (that will steal our precious hours), when social media is prominent and economy seem to be of most importance? The short answer is definitely yes. The longer answer is somewhat more complex, but all the more interesting. Musical Training = Academic Success There are real data from scientific studies, that show direct correlations between musical training and academic success. I would like to emphasize this by [...]