Perhaps one of the most uplifting interpreters and performers is Angela Hewitt, the Canadian concert pianist. Her live performance at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music of Clair de Lune—a favorite of many students of adult piano lessons—is so pristine that it becomes instructive.
Wisdom from concert pianists
Three weeks into Lent, I saw her slumped on a side staircase at Penn Station, her face set with weariness although she was fast asleep.
When I returned to the piano after a 25-year hiatus, I struggled with tempo rubato. I could not conceive how to inject my music with these mysterious elongations and compressions in the tempo.
Anna Shelest’s Pictures at an Exhibition: A Personal Journey for this Student of Adult Piano Lessons
A week ago this past Sunday, inside one of the grand salons of the Ukrainian Institute on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, I watched Anna Shelest strike the opening chords to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.