Invitation to attend Princeton

The Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium 10th year anniversary, coming up at Princeton University this July!

We are very excited about celebrating our 10th Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton this year, with special and inspiring programs.

The Golandsky Institute has been an incredible success, attracting pianists and other instrumentalists from all over the US and the world. Whatever their level and aspirations, whether students, professional performers, teachers, or passionate amateurs, attendees have found that the Golandsky Institute offers the kind of programs that are tailored to their needs. Many participants  come to improve their playing,  others have  unanswered questions, unresolved problems, or playing-related injuries.  Often, musicians are in the midst of an active performing career, and need the practical solutions which will allow them to  continue playing.  Many  experience dramatic transformations over the eight-day Symposium, and acquire an incredible amount of knowledge which is why so many return year after year.  These results are due to the highly trained faculty who continue to learn and expand their knowledge.
When I decided to found the Golandsky Institute in 2003,  my  vision depended from the beginning on the invaluable partnership of John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, and Mary Moran (shown in accompanying pictures).  Our relationship started many years ago, when they came to me as students. Through their talents, intelligence, hard work and dedication to the learning and development of the Taubman Approach, they became experts and masterful pianists and teachers in this work, and are now in great demand. That, combined with their warmth, kindness,  generous  natures and our ability to work together so well, made them natural partners.
The founding, development and accomplishments of the Golandsky Institute has been remarkable, and could not have happened without John, Robert, Mary, and the many others who have contributed so much along the way.  We look forward to continued growth and exciting developments in the future. Hope you will join us in July this year, for this unmissable 10th anniversary.
Celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Golandsky Institute

The Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium featured in the New York Times!

Click here to read the recent article about the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium.

Review of Ilya Itin’s recital at the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium and Piano Festival

Itin: Expressive, not flamboyant

David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Classical Music Critic

Ilya Itin is part of the Golandsky Institute

Ilya Itin is part of the Golandsky Institute’s annual International Piano Festival.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Glancing at the lineup for the Golandsky Institute’s annual International Piano Festival here, one might initially assume that it’s yet another laudable program to put young classical artists on a solid career path, starting on the right (or correct) foot. Why, then, is one of the festival’s most important recitals by the well-into-middle-age pianist Ilya Itin?

The Golandsky Institute actually has a much broader reach, to pianists young, old, professional and otherwise, to acquire a piano technique with minimum danger of injury and to play without pain, no doubt the indirect legacy of pianists such as Gary Graffman and Leon Fleischer who, at the height of their considerable careers, lost the use of their right hands.

Itin, who placed well in the prestigious Leeds Competition and has a good career in Europe and the Far East, is apparently the institute’s poster person. The idea is the physical freedom that allows pianists to be all that they can be. Music education veterans say that many such institutes exist with similar missions.

Evaluating the Golandsky Institute’s effectiveness is well beyond the scope of an armchair observer. At Itin’s recital Friday in Richardson Auditorium here, one can only say what one heard (a pianist with easy command of every aspect of his instrument) and what one saw with a good view of the keyboard (which was practically nothing). He seemed hardly to move at all.

That’s significant for those of us who witnessed the flamboyant rise of Lang Lang from the Curtis Institute, who represents the opposite of physical economy — and is seen, all too often, with worrisome Band-Aids on his hands. For Itin, lack of physical movement did not translate into a lack of expressive range in the least. Were that the case, one would certainly hear it in his formidable concert program including Chopin’s Preludes Op. 28 and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit.

Chopin’s 24 intentionally fragmentary preludes are like shards that hail from different worlds, almost like a series of archaeological objects. Whatever one might think of how Itin characterized the preludes individually, he gave each one its own coloristic tint, while also giving keen attention to the way they’re sequenced with an intelligent tempo scheme. So there was unity — amid maximum diversity.

The greater feat, though, as in Ravel, who often inspires modern pianists to render feats of scene painting. Itin’s approach was the opposite of that, emphasizing what the notes say (as opposed to how they sound). The music could have seem dry from a descriptive standpoint. Yet the final movement’s depiction of the mythical, demonic Scarbo — who usually seems fairly harmless with scene-painting pianists — was malevolent bordering on terrifying. Undoubtedly, Itin is a major pianist, with an ease about him that makes you want to listen to him for hours.

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This year’s Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival

Read about the exciting line-up of performances at this year’s Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium and Piano Festival 2012.

The majority of these amazing pianists have benefited hugely from studying the Taubman Approach.

Don’t miss this fantastic week at Princeton University, this year from July 7-15.

Read feedback from past Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium participants!

Read what previous participants of the Summer Symposia at Princeton had to say about the richness of the program, and what they gained, both professionally and personally from the experience.

  • “This week has shifted a paradigm in my approach to the piano…This technique provides and describes the tools to solve problems. I no longer feel like there is a limitation to what I can do and how well I can play, and the feeling is liberating.”
  • “I have never experienced such a nurturing and welcoming community in the music world – one without pretension or competition. And yet the quality of the performances and the instruction is unparalleled.”
  • “wonderful insights and pedagogy”
  • “The training you gave me has been invaluable. No pain at all!”
  • “I wanted to thank you once again for such a wonderful week. I learned so much and had so much fun! I also want to mention what a nice collegial atmosphere the Institute has—which is pretty uncommon”.
  • “This is a huge thank you to all of you for an amazing week at Princeton. It exceeded my expectations in every way. All of the sessions were terrific…I look forward to a continuing association with you all”.
  • “I wanted to thank you so much for the great work you did during the Summer Symposium. For me was the first time there and, for sure, not the last!”
  • “It’s been more than a month since the lecture on Un Sospiro at the summer symposium in Princeton, and just in case you’ve ever wondered whether your lecture changed anybody’s life, I’m pleased to report that I started learning the etude… (more out of curiosity than anything else, since I’d never dared to play anything by Liszt before). I must say, it was remarkably easy to learn the whole piece because of all the meticulous detail you wrote down on the score, especially with regard to fingering! I love practising the piece, and it’s now going to be part of my exam repertoire this term. Thank you so much for all the work you did to make the etude playable with ease. I am sorely in your debt!”

Hopefully you can join us and share the wonderful learning environment at Princeton this year.  July 7-15.

My new sessions at the Golandsky Institute Symposium at Princeton University July 7-15 2012

This year I’m going to diversify my presentations.  I will still do masterclasses the same way that I did before, give problem-solving sessions in front of the whole group, but have decided that it’s time to devote some special attention to three particular groups.

I will be giving a private session to each of these groups: performing pianists, those in the Golandsky Institute Professional Training program, and participants who are coming to Princeton for the first time. That will give me a chance to spend quality time with each group, get to know you,  and address your particular questions and needs.

I am very much looking forward to meeting and working together with you. I hope to see you at Princeton this July. Just remember that the discount for earlybird registration expires on April 15th. However, registrations at the normal price will continue after this date.

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