The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 2: Eduardus Halim - Steinway Artist, Artist Faculty at NYU, the "Last Pupil" of Mr. Horowitz

The Piano Pod

Sep 21 2022 • 1 hr 54 mins

This episode starts out a bit differently than others--you hear an excerpt of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata Op.106 (allegro) performed by our guest.

🎹TPP team had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Halim - Steinway Artis, Sascha Gorodnitzki Music Professor of Piano Studies at New York University, and the "Last Pupil" of Vladimir Horowitz. We were so blown away by all the incredible stories and insights he shared and the name-dropping 🤯!

Mr. Halim shared such in-depth & personal stories with the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz while Mr. Halim was studying with the maestro in the late 1980s. You might have read Mr. Horowitz's biography, Horowitz: His Life and Music, written by Harold C. Schonberg…one of the chapters of the book was titled "Last Pupil," which was about Mr. Halim!

In the chapter, the author Schonberg describes what led Mr. Halim to become the last student of the Master, what his first lesson was like with the Master, and how their student-mentor relationship became complicated. Their encounter was in the late 1980s, and this biography was written in the 1990s by someone else besides Mr. Halim himself.

So, in 2022, Mr. Halim is ready to share his genuine and authentic perspectives after 2-3 decades and intimate memories about Mr. Horowitz...even at the Master's funeral.

In this episode, you will hear a few TPP-exclusive 💣 stories about Mr. Horowitz you've never heard from anywhere else, and 👏 YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT!

[Mr. Halim's In-Person & Livestream Concert on 9/22/2022!]


👉 He will be performing 🎹 all-Liszt program hosted by the American Liszt Society at Yamaha Artist Services Inc, in Mid-town, Manhattan, which will be live-streamed on YouTube:

[Eduardus Halim]

📍 Website:

📍 NYU Profile:

📍 Watch his performance of "Hammerklavier":

[Time Stamp]

[Season 3 Episode 2]

  • 00:00:00 Excerpt of Mr. Halim's 2021 performance of Beethoven "Hammerklavier" Sonata Op.106
  • 00:01:00 Intro
  • 00:09:20 Eduardus' early years in Indonesia – from his discovery of love for piano, debut concert, and training
  • 00:22:34 Eduardus' Juilliard years under Sasha Gorodnitzki and Rudolf Firkushny
  • 00:35:06 Memorable Concerts Eduardus attended as a student in NYC given by notorious pianists in the 1980s
  • 00:37:23 Eduardus' Concert Career
  • 00:43:35 Eduardus' recording projects
  • 01:29:55 Carrying Horowitz's legacy through his performance and passing it down to Eduardus' students at New York University
  • 01:34:12 Eduardus' upcoming all-Liszt concert on 9/22/2022, live-streamed on YouTube at 7:30 pm ET, hosted by the American Liszt Society
  • 01:44:20 Advice for Young Artists
  • 01:49:05 TPP Rapid Fire Question