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Jonathan Biss’ Full Beethoven Sonatas Experience

The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations. He is a firm believer in the possibilities of technology and invites people to take part of his 32 Beethoven Sonatas course at Curtis Institute. Read more >>

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« Reply #50 on: July 23, 2017, 04:06:31 PM »

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Wow does this thread bring back memories!!! I really didn't understand why my teacher had chosen me as a student. He doesn't usually take beginners and the rest of his studio is head and shoulders above me. Yet here I am, getting ready to begin a second year with him (once he signs the contract his stuck with me for at least another 3 months) working on some late Beethoven, Liszt, and Bach.

My takeaway from this has been that teachers drop students for a reason and they take students for a reason. I'm by no means the greatest pianist that has ever been, but I work my butt off and now I'm a reasonable asset in his studio.

From the students perspective, we see a very hierarchal relationship, and now I don't think my teacher shares that view at all. He sees it as more of a partnership, and seems genuinely enthusiastic to work with me. I like to think I keep him on his toes because I am coming from a background that is polar opposite in almost every way to the rest of his studio. This also means he has to think about music in a different way, so that he can translate that to me in a way I understand.
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