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July 11, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

They emerged regally, Mina a column of diaphanous black and John shiny granite.  Without any fanfare, they launched immediately into Debussy’s Petite Suite, whose easy charm reminded many of us of our favorite experiences playing four hand music. 

En Bateau (Sailing) had an instantaneous flow that was never lost. Mina shaped her melodies with a perfect Debussy-ian sound, paying attention to the length of eac...

July 7, 2013

by Josh Wright

 

John Perry never ceases to amaze audiences, and this masterclass was no exception. Students played Beethoven Sonata Op.109, Chopin Ballade No.4, and Chopin Sonata No.2. All performances were skillfully executed and played beautifully, but each student's playing was greatly enhanced by this master teacher's knowledge and instruction.

Various concepts were covered, and a few were particularly noteworthy. On the B...

July 5, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

The avuncular John Perry began his masterclass with the task of humorously trying to locate his performers, setting up an easy interaction that was friendly and entertaining.

Sophia Pileggi was the first to play, delivering with poise Bach’s Toccata in e minor.  Perry talked about the appropriate Baroque touch to use, advising against using a Romantic sound or using “winsome endings” that would be anachronis...

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