Degree: MM, The Juilliard School; BM, Manhattan School of Music
Currently: Faculty, Third Street Music School Settlement; performing artist
How long have you worked with Robert Durso? I have worked with Bob since 2012.
Why do you work with Robert Durso? I first came to Bob on the recommendation of a very talented colleague. Although she had suffered a debilitating injury from her piano practicing, after lessons with Bob her playing was transformed–effortless, powerful and free. She sounded even better than she had before she had developed pain and stiffness! Not having had an injury myself, and being fairly satisfied with my abilities at the instrument, I initially came to Bob for insights about how to teach my own students more effectively. I thought that if so many well-intentioned and obviously intelligent musicians can develop repetitive stress injuries from their playing, perhaps my own students were developing dangerous habits, without my knowing it.
Bob was happy to teach me the basic principles of a sound technique to help with my teaching practice. I quickly saw, however, that there was also another realm of expression and ease available to me through a more thoughtful approach to the piano. Having completed the initial technical reorganization, my current work with Bob focuses on resolving specific technical difficulties that arise in the music I study. With his help, I have greatly improved my agility, accuracy and control. Because of my newly improved technical security, my music making has developed a richer and deeper life. No longer do I need to spend hours ‘drilling’ difficult passages–I spend much more time wrestling with deeper artistic concerns without feeling I lack the means to express them.
Bob is now one of my closest friends. I will always be grateful for his wisdom, kindness and support. I recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone looking to expand their facility at the piano, anyone recovering from a piano-related injury, and simply looking for a fresh perspective on their work at the instrument.