Taubman Approach Symposium for piano and violin in Cambridge UK, this March!

Click here to read about the exciting two-day symposium on the Taubman Approach, held on March 23-24 2013. For the first time in the UK, Edna Golandsky (piano) and Sophie Till (violin) will work with pianists and violinists from all over the world.

The mission of the Golandsky Institute is to instruct musicians in the skills that enable them to realize their highest potential as performing artists. It also teaches them how to overcome technical limitations and recover from playing-related injuries. It is the leading institute for the Taubman Approach, an internationally recognised technique for the prevention and cure of the injuries, pain, discomfort and fatigue related to playing. The resulting physical knowledge provides the tools for tone production and musical expression.

For many years, the Taubman Approach has focused on the needs of pianists but for the first time in the UK , this ground breaking Symposium will apply the Taubman Approach to both piano players and violin players.

The experience of applying the Taubman Approach to the violin has opened an entirely new world of technical and musical possibilities for violinists. The combination of this approach with the clarity and thoroughness of its pedagogy is producing revolutionary results.

The intensive two-day Symposium will focus on the following:

  • Presentations on the principles and practical application of the Taubman Approach
  • Hands-on work dealing with physical/technical issues such as pain, numbness, fatigue and playing limitations, offering diagnostic tools and concrete solutions.
  • Intensive study to achieve solutions to problem passages in the repertoire.
  • Master classes addressing musical issues, such as tone production, colour. shaping and more
  • Separate workshops to cater for the different instruments: piano workshops with Edna Golandsky, and violin workshops with Sophie Till.
    Delegates can join either the piano or violin symposia, for one or two days, either as a participant or an auditor. Registrations for both the piano and violin symposia are now open. Places are strictly limited.

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About golandsky
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). Ms. Golandsky has lectured and conducted master classes at some of the most prestigious music institutions in the United States, including the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory. Internationally, she has given seminars in Canada, Holland, Israel, Korea, Panama, and Turkey. In 2001 she was a guest lecturer at the European Piano Teachers’ Association in Oxford, England, and in July 2003 she conducted a symposium in Lecce, Italy. In August 2010, she gave a master class and judged in a piano competition at the Chatauqua Festival. She was a guest presenter at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in 2003 and 2009 and was engaged to return in October 2010. In 2011 she was a guest presenter at the Music Teachers National Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Piano Teachers Congress of New York; and the Music Teachers Association of California. She gave week-long workshops at the Panama Jazz Festival at 2009 and 2010 and will return in 2012. For the past three years, Ms. Golandsky and violinist Sophie Till have been working on a detailed application of the Taubman principles for string players. An instructional book about beginning lessons in the Taubman Approach for violinists is slated to come out in the future. Ms. Golandsky’s application of the work for computer users has resulted in Healthy Typing, an instructional DVD. Edna Golandsky is the person with whom Dorothy Taubman worked most closely. In 1976 Ms. Golandsky conceived the idea of establishing an Institute where people could come together during the summer and pursue an intensive investigation of the Taubman Approach. She encouraged Mrs. Taubman to establish the Taubman Institute, which they ran together as co-founders. Mrs. Taubman was executive director and Ms. Golandsky served as artistic director. Almost from the beginning, Mrs. Taubman entrusted Ms. Golandsky with the planning and programming of the annual summer session. She gave daily lectures on the Taubman Approach and later conducted master classes as well. As the face of the Taubman Approach, Ms. Golandsky discusses each of its elements in a ten-volume video series. Mrs. Taubman has written, “I consider her the leading authority on the Taubman Approach to instrumental playing.”

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