The first time I met Robert Durso was at a piano summer course given by pianist/scholar Paul Roberts at Castelfranc in France. It soon became apparent to me that Robert’s methods of teaching were of a kind I had not previously encountered. What struck me was that his instructions unfailingly produced an immediate response in terms of better sound and the sensation of less physical effort. I realized that instead of being founded on an uncritical reference to tradition, or more or less superstitious assumptions, the instructions were based on a deep knowledge and understanding of...
About ten years ago, I developed a mild case of focal dystonia which was preventing me from expressing what I wanted to communicate at the piano. After a long line of piano tutors, I came upon the Golandsky Institute, and I finally got the answers I had been looking for! I don't feel limited at the piano anymore, and I owe it all to the Golandsky Institute.
"Playing the piano should feel delicious." Delicious! I reread the word several times in disbelief. I was on the verge of selling my piano and giving up any hope of ever playing again, when I happened to be leafing through the latest copy ofClavier to reach my doorstep. One of the featured articles was on Dorothy Taubman’s contribution to pedagogy, and it was her quote that I had just read. In my world, "delicious" and "playing the piano" were not related. Instead, piano playing was synonymous with devastation, disappointment, and pain. At that moment, I decided...
Dear Ms. Golandsky,
My name is Alessandro d’Episcopo, a jazz piano player living in Lucerne, Switzerland.
For many years I have been following your excellent work about piano technique and piano playing in general. I have seen the video tapes and watched all the videos the Institute publishes on YouTube. Thank you very much for all the work the Institute is doing to bring to pianists around the world these marvelous concepts about piano technique.
Unfortunately in Europe we are lacking Taubman teachers. That’s why, some time ago, I...
“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.”
“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.”
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.
“As Golandsky lectures, she demonstrates each motion at the keyboard. Her fluency in simultaneously lecturing and demonstrating is truly virtuosic.”
Taken from a review of The Taubman Techniques, a five-volume lecture-video series, Piano & Keyboard, May/June 1997.
“Over time, Edna helped me to cultivate a growing awareness and sensitivity that allowed me to play in a more comfortable, and consequently, a more musical way. She conveys the intricacies of the technique with an incredible attention to detail and a level of patience which I thoroughly admire, and which kept me engaged even as I was challenged by a level of sensation at the piano I was unaccustomed to."
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...