The Taubman / Golandsky Approach to Strings: Why would a violinist learn from a pianist?
December 14, 2013
British violinist Sophie Till has been working with Edna Golandsky translating the Taubman piano technique onto the violin and is Associate Faculty with the Golandsky Institute. Sophie is head of the string department at Marywood University, PA and Director of the Marywood String Project where, under Edna Golandsky’s guidance, she has been developing the Taubman approach for string players at all levels.
Sophie describes why she sought lessons from Edna Golandsky.
“At the age of 35, despite world-class teachers and a successful career as a violinist, I found myself in a predicament; my playing felt limited and I was groping for answers I could not seem to find. The result was solutions more like a patchwork of guesses that were far from reliable. Many colleagues seemed to be in a similar spot or worse, were starting to feel pain and discomfort from previously reliable technique.
By contrast, I had seen my duo partner who had suffered a severe piano injury, retrain to a stunning level of virtuosity and musicianship under the guidance of Edna Golandsky and the Taubman Approach. I went to a lesson with him and intrigued by what I saw, started having lessons with Edna Golandsky: Violin lessons from a pianist. I immediately realized that here was an approach that could identify and itemize each separate physical movement that goes into playing, how these movements interact and how the physical motions go directly into music making of the highest order.
Furthermore, through the Golandsky Institute, here also was a pedagogy so immaculately developed, that there was a clarity of communication beyond anything I had ever experienced before.” – Sophie Till