Classical Pianists

Read what classical pianists are saying about the Golandsky Institute and its work with the Taubman Approach.

Edna Golandsky is a consummate expert of piano technique and musical artistry. The depth of her analytical ability surpasses anything I have encountered. Her work frees performers, enabling them to realize their full potential.

- Ilya Itin



I met Therese Milanovic at the first MTAQ workshop she presented on the Taubman Approach five and half years ago. After living with pain and limitation for thirty years due to playing related injuries sustained during tertiary music studies (impacting everyday life and severely limiting my ability to play), I was excited by the glimmer of hope that her workshop offered me. When I embarked upon lessons with Therese soon after that workshop, I had no idea how dramatic the changes would be.

Retraining my technique was challenging and at times confronting, but also exciting as each new breakthrough occurred and pain and fatigue began to disappear. Practice once again became a joyful part of my life, but it was very different to the practice I had done so many years before. My learning became much more focussed and the results far more secure using the techniques of the Taubman Approach.  I began to play repertoire that had been on my 'wish list' since university days but which I had thought would never be accessible to me. My tone quality improved dramatically and I found I had much more control over the colours that I wanted to achieve, along with a new ease and freedom at the keyboard. 

Therese was also able to offer me assistance with the pain I experienced in everyday life. She made changes to the way I use the computer, resulting in a dramatic improvement in pain levels. Applying Taubman principles to other activities which are not so obviously related to piano playing, such as cooking and cleaning, also brought about improvements. 

My lessons with Therese have transformed and reinvigorated my teaching as well as my playing. Her excellent teaching and mentoring have given me the tools to diagnose the cause/s of my students' problems and offer practical solutions. I am thrilled that through working with Therese, I have been accepted into the Golandsky Institute pedagogy certification program. 

Therese is not only an inspiring teacher and mentor, but also an excellent workshop presenter. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

- Brenda Hunting



I was profoundly impressed by Edna Golandsky’s deep understanding of piano technique. She is the only person I have ever met who was actually able to explain to me what I was doing naturally at the keyboard.

- Francesca Libetta



Edna Golandsky is the most wonderful piano teacher I have ever worked with. Her patience and persistence clearly communicate to the student through words and demonstrations what the student most needs to hear and understand. Her amazing insight and her master classes go directly to the musical and, if necessary, technical issues at hand and enable the student to play a piece better than he/she ever thought possible. She is particularly brilliant at dealing with sound production, rhythm and musical structure.

- Father Sean Duggan



I went to the 2012 Symposium hoping and wishing it would be the answer to my pain. I had an injury in my left arm that caused tingling up to my elbow and fatigue in both hands and arms. After having only one lesson with Edna Golandsky, my gut instinct was telling me that there was something here to explore with the Taubman Technique. I registered for the symposium and I can say one year later, that it probably was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made in my life, if not the greatest. Everything about my playing has completely changed. I feel so blessed to be able to write that there is not only a solution for pain, but beyond that, there is a technique that makes me a better pianist each day.

- Veronica Greenan