Thank you to the ZOFO duet for presenting an outstanding masterclass for pianists in the Upper Valley! Piano Prodigies student Amica performed Emmanuel Chabrier's acrobatic work for piano, four-hands, "Bouree Fantasque" together with her teacher Elizabeth Borowsky. ZOFO had great feedback for all participants, reminding pianists to always take your audience on a journey and make use of dynamic contrast and the element of surprise!
On Thursday, we celebrated the end of the summer, start of the fall, AND the successful participation in the first ever Amazing & Incredible, Piano Prodigies Obstacle Course, Treasure Hunt Challenge! Students had the opportunity to participate in a number of fun challenges that allowed them to explore piano and music from perspectives a little different than what they are used to in lessons (e.g playing a public piano, creating music-themed artwork, attending an opera, writing a composition, or teaching piano to a family member or friend). We celebrated with an ice cream party and there were prizes for everyone, with the top five participants receiving special acknowledgement. Congratulations, Prodigies!
Congratulations to three Piano Prodigies students who participated at the 2017 Young Artist Piano Competition for New England Students on Saturday, April 29.
Grace, age 6, received first place
Amica, age 10, received first place
Liana, age 13, received Honorable Mention
Amica & Liana, received first place in the duet division
These students exhibited exemplary focus, determination, and patience in their weekly work towards the goal of mastering their competition repertoire. It took several months of digging deep into their pieces, coming to lessons each week and hearing what still needs to be improved, and working diligently to make the requested improvements.
Our goal was simply to learn and grow through the experience, and present the best results of all our efforts in practice and preparations. All three students met and exceeded expectations with their performances. Bravo, and congratulations!
Piano Prodigies hosted a masterclass by pianist and teacher Chad Bowles on Friday, April 7, 2017. Three students performed for Dr. Bowles and received feedback on how to practice and work to improve their playing:
Grace (age 6)
Sonatina Humoresque (Preambulum: Allegro) by Christos Tsitsaros
Sonatina Op. 55, No. 3 (Allegro con spirito) by Friedrich Kuhlau
Amica (age 10)
Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Prelude Op. 12 No. 7 ("Harp") by Sergei Prokofiev
Liana (age 13)
Fantasie Impromptu by Frederic Chopin
Sonata No. 4 Op. 128, Movement IV by Diane Rahbee
Piano Prodigies students presented an inspiring program of beautiful music at First Congregational Church in Lebanon on April 7, 2015. Thank you for students for giving your best, and sharing all of your hard work and excitement about your pieces with the audience. Sometimes, I wonder what I can do as a musician and a teacher to make the world a better place... You reminded me that music builds empathy, music builds community, and every moment spent investing in our youth is a moment well spent.
Congratulations to Piano Prodigies student Liana Lansigan on a winning performance at the Plymouth State University Contemporary Piano Competition this past Saturday (March 4). The competition, which is open to students in grades 7-12, brought in thirteen talented young pianists from across New Hampshire. Liana, currently 13 years old, performed "Ruvido," the electrically fourth movement of Diane Rahbee's Sonata No. 4, Op. 128. Judges characterized her performance as having "boundless energy," and "excellent musicianship and stage presence" and awarded her the second prize. Congratulations, Liana!
Thank you to Peter Beardsley for a fabulous "intro to organ" workshop for Piano Prodigies. We had so much fun, and learned a lot!
Ah, summer time. Time to have fun with friends! And if they play piano, so much the better. Piano duets!
I had so much fun recording these works with my duet partners - wonderful pianists and (former) Piano Prodigies students Kara and Audrey.
Kara was my student for many years and will be entering her second year at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Audrey (be sure to read her guest blog) will be attending Notre Dame this Fall.
And here's a bonus recording by "The First Piano Quartet" an ensemble that arranged music for four pianos back in the 1940s. A student of mine recently shared this with me and I found this really interesting and very impressive.
Elizabeth Borowsky is a pianist, teacher, and composer. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano (Music Teachers National Association).