The Piano Pod

Yukimi Song, Clara Zhang

Hi 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show, hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to the piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano or works professionally in the music industry, or someone curious about the world of piano music! Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 📺Each episode is also available in video format on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/ThePianoPod). 🔗Follow us on social media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc 🌍Visit our website: https://thepianopod.com Thanks for listening♥️ read less

The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 12: Dr. Jee-Hoon Krska -- Founder of Keys 2 Success, Electrical Engineer, & Pianist
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The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 12: Dr. Jee-Hoon Krska -- Founder of Keys 2 Success, Electrical Engineer, & Pianist
For Season 3 Episode 12, The Piano Pod had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Jee-Hoon Krska: founder of Keys 2 Success, MIT-grad Electrical Engineer, & Juilliard-trained pianist.Since the launch of The Piano Pod, we have wanted to interview Dr. Krska so badly! We have been following her outstanding work for Keys 2 Success on social media for the last 2.5 years, and  so finally, our dream came true today!So, what exactly is her non-profit, Keys 2 Success? It is a program founded in 2016 by Jee-Hoon Krska, a Juilliard-trained classical musician with a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from MIT. She wanted to provide the young children of Newark the cultural enrichment to improve their lives growing up in the most underserved areas in Newark, NJ, through music education.So, in this episode, you will hear topics such as:Jee-Hoon’s incredible work with the community of Newark through Keys 2 SuccessHow her musical career helped her achieve a successful academic career at MIT, fulfill her career as an engineer, and eventually found and run a non-profit organization.The key to successfully building a strong, enriching, and inclusive communityThe true meaning of inclusionand more!Jee-Hoon is an incredible person, strong/kind/generous, and an excellent storyteller--you get to hear how she overcame her challenges in her youth and became who she is today.😎 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song (https://linktr.ee/YukimiSongStudio)👩🏻‍💻 Writer: Yukimi Song 🕹️ Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Studio LLC (https://yukimisongstudio.com)🎙 Host: Yukimi Song[Sponsers]Forte: FREE virtual platform for music educators and studentsJoin Forte’s waitlist to connect with more potential music students! https://share.hsforms.com/1HPYudyjDQqGouiUYDC056Qc033xYukimi Song Studio LLC: providing an excellent educational experience in the digital communityCalling women 40+...wanna podcast? Visit the website for more info: https://yukimisongstudio.com/letspodcast/[Keys 2 Success]🌐 Website: https://www.keysnewark.com📰Article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/heaven-earth-jee-hoon-krska/📱 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keysnewark/😀 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeysNewark🎗️Let’s support Keys 2 Newark: https://keysnewark.networkforgood.com/projects/169742-friends-of-keys-2-success-fundraiser-2022[Jee-Hoon Krska] Founder of Keys 2 Success, Electrical Engineer, and Pianist📺 Keys 2 Story origin story: https://youtu.be/6lP7fkz9SUw🎹 Jee-Hoon’s performance: https://youtu.be/aMs8gsILSTk?t=1929[The Piano Pod 🎙- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about 🎹 for ALL pianists Hey, 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry. Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 😎Executive Producer/writer: Yukimi Song🕹Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Studio (https://yukimisongstudio.com)👯‍♀️ Co-hosts: Yukimi Song & Clara Zhang📱Social Media: Yukimi Song🌐 Website: https://thepianopod.com📱Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc📬 Email: thepianopodnyc@gmail.com
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 11: Pablo Estigarribia -- 2022 Latin Grammy Award Winner/Tango Pianist/Composer
Jan 25 2023
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 11: Pablo Estigarribia -- 2022 Latin Grammy Award Winner/Tango Pianist/Composer
For this season’s 11th episode, TPP had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Pablo Estigarribia, 2022 Latin Grammy Winner & Tango pianist/arranger/composer! During the interview session, we discussed Pablo’s Latin Grammy Award-Winning album, “Horacio Salgán Piano Transcriptions,” his path to becoming a tango pianist, his performance at one of the most famous Jazz venues in the world, Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC, his passion for composing, arranging and teaching, and more. He also explained the distinctive characteristics of Argentine tango music and shared the secrets to playing tango piano music stylistically. [About Mr. Pablo Estigarribia] Mr. Estigarribia began training as a classical pianist, studied at the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires, performed on prominent concert stages in Argentina, and collaborated with the Congress Chamber Orchestra, the National Radio Orchestra, and the Chaco Symphony, among many others. Seeking to broaden his musical horizons beyond the classical realm, Mr. Estigarribia took a brief detour through jazz, where he discovered tango in 2005. He rapidly established his reputation as a nuanced and masterful tango performer and recording artist worldwide. His album Tangos Para Piano (EPSA) won the prestigious 2015 Gardel Prize for Best Tango Album by a New Artist. Soon after, he had the opportunity to perform in one of the most iconic jazz venues, Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC. Mr. Estigarribia is also a dedicated educator. For multiple years, he has received the Argentine Tango Society’s Medal of Honor for his educational initiatives at the Stowe Tango Music Festival. He aims to share the beauty of tango’s rich lineage and reopen the passage of tango repertoire with new generations of musicians through his compositions, teaching, and performances. 🌐 https://www.pabloestigarribia.com/ 🎹 https://www.youtube.com/user/MrPabloestigarribia 🎧 https://open.spotify.com/artist/7qOKkxiEeZ51AelceoHgID 📱 https://www.instagram.com/pabloestigarribiaok/ 😎 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song (https://linktr.ee/YukimiSongStudio) 👩🏻‍💻 Writer: Yukimi Song 🕹️ Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Studio LLC (https://yukimisongstudio.com) 🎙 Host: Yukimi Song [Sponsers] Forte: FREE virtual platform for music educators and students 👉 Join Forte’s waitlist to connect with more potential music students! https://share.hsforms.com/1HPYudyjDQqGouiUYDC056Qc033x Yukimi Song Studio LLC: providing an excellent educational experience in the digital community 👉Calling women 40+...wanna podcast? Visit the website for more info: https://yukimisongstudio.com/letspodcast/ [Clara Zhang is on hiatus! Please follow her on Instagram.] Instagram: @ rationalmusicstudios
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 10: Dr. Lisa Yui -- "Musical Phenomenon," Yamaha Artist, and Educator
Jan 11 2023
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 10: Dr. Lisa Yui -- "Musical Phenomenon," Yamaha Artist, and Educator
Yukimi and Clara had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Yui a week ago, and what a great way to start our New Year! During the interview, she shared many fun anecdotes from her concert tours, advice/wisdom from her extensive teaching career, her current project on Asian composers, her vision for the classical music industry, and more!Ms. Yui is a multifaceted artist -- concert pianist, lecturer, teacher, author, and musical director. She has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist in venues such as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest, among other major concert venues around the world. Her CD album of the music of Carl Maria von Weber and Jan Ladislav Dussek was awarded the highest rating by the French music magazine, Pianiste. In addition, her DVD/Blu-ray recording with commentary of four piano sonatas by Beethoven received rave reviews from music critics. As a dedicated educator, Ms. Yui teaches Keyboard Literature at the Juilliard School Extension and Graduate Piano Literature, Keyboard Skills, and Piano Music by Asian Composers at the Manhattan School of Music. The video version of this episode is also available on YouTube.Executive Producer/writer: Yukimi Song (yukimisong.com) 🕹Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Studio LLC (yukimisongstudio.com) 👯‍♀️ Co-hosts: Clara Zhang (rationalmusic.com) & Yukimi Song 📱Social Media: Yukimi Song 📱Social Media Asia: Clara Zhang  [This episode is brought to you by Forte -- a free alternative to Zoom purpose-built for music teachers] Dear fellow music educators, join Forte’s waitlist to connect with more potential music students! 👉 https://share.hsforms.com/1HPYudyjDQqGouiUYDC056Qc033x  [Dr. Lisa Yui] 🌐 Website: https://lisayui.com📺 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@LivesOfThePiano📱 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisayui1234/😀 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaYuiPiano
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 9: Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska -- Innovative Keyboardist, Yamaha Artist, & Educator
Dec 28 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 9: Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska -- Innovative Keyboardist, Yamaha Artist, & Educator
For the final episode of 2022, we interviewed Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska on a Saturday afternoon and had a great time chatting with her about 🎹 and harpsichord!Ms. Baczewska is both a concert pianist and a harpsichordist. Have you watched her double performances of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations--first by performing on the harpsichord, then on the piano in one concert back to back 🤯? If not, we urge you to watch it here: https://youtu.be/oLAQPrOGqJo!During the interview session, we talked about Magdalena's multifaceted career as a concert pianist/harpsichordist, her collaborations with prominent composers: from an award-winning composer, Tan Dun, to a multi-genre composer/rapper, Gene Pritsker, her recordings including "Music for Dreams" collaborated with a medical team specialized in the research and treatment of sleep disorders, her vision for music education, and more! [Magdalena Stern-Baczewska -- Innovative Keyboardist, Yamaha Artist, & Educator]🌐https://www.magdalenanyc.com/Hailed by the press as "One of the most innovative, even radical classical keyboardists in the U.S.," Ms. Baczewska enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert pianist/harpsichordist, educator, and speaker. Having made her solo debut at age 12 in her native country, Poland, she performed internationally with the world's leading orchestras, such as Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and China National Symphony, among many others. She has toured Europe and the U.S. with double performances of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations--first by performing on the harpsichord, then on the piano in one concert, which had not been done since Rosalyn Tureck's Carnegie Hall performance in 1977.Ms. Baczewska is also a recording artist. Her recordings include pieces by traditional composers such as Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy, as well as contemporary composers such as the Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Tan Dun and more. In addition, she recorded an album called, Hip-Hopsichord, with an NYC-based composer and rapper, Gene Pritsker. This inventive album combines the virtuosity of harpsichord playing with electronic hip-hop/techno/r&b rhythms. Ms. Baczewska is a professor of music and Director of the Music Performance Program at Columbia University, and she has given master classes and lectures around the world. In addition to sharing the timeless beauty of the music through her performance and recordings, her musical mission is to educate her audiences in each performance by giving them tools to enjoy music more profoundly.  🎧As always, the audio version of this episode is available simultaneously wherever you get your podcast: https://linktr.ee/TPP2.0. [The Piano Pod 🎙- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about 🎹 for ALL pianists Hey, 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry. Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 😎Executive Producer/writer: Yukimi Song🕹Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Studio👯‍♀️ Co-hosts: Clara Zhang & Yukimi Song📱Social Media: Yukimi Song🌐 Website: https://thepianopod.com📱Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc📬 Email: thepianopodnyc@gmail.com
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 8: Dr. Rae de Lisle -- Piano Pedagogue/Author of Fit 4 Piano
Dec 14 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 8: Dr. Rae de Lisle -- Piano Pedagogue/Author of Fit 4 Piano
We had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Rae de Lisle from New Zealand for this season's 8th episode.Dr. Rae de Lisle is a world-class piano pedagogue who has produced many exceptional piano students of major competition winners in New Zealand and internationally throughout her outstanding teaching career.Because of her own challenging experience at the height of her concert pianist career, Dr. de Lisle became a dedicated piano pedagogue, and researcher whose groundbreaking Ph.D. research into focal dystonia has gained international recognition and led to presentations and keynote speeches worldwide.Her experience in teaching students from the very beginning to international competition winners, as well as her studies with renowned pedagogues Brigitte Wild (student of Claudio Arrau), Cyril Smith (student of Rachmaninoff), and Maria Curcio (student of Artur Schnabel), gives her a unique perspective on the development of injury-preventative piano technique at every level, from the beginner to the advanced pianist.In this episode, Dr. de Lisle shares the painful experience she endured as a pianist, her research on focal dystonia, her philosophy of modern piano technique, and more. She will also share her latest publication of, “Fit 4 Piano,” exclusive for our audience! 😎Executive Producer/writer: Yukimi Song🕹Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Studio👯‍♀️ Co-hosts: Clara Zhang & Yukimi Song📱Social Media: Yukimi Song📱Social Media Asia: Clara Zhang[Dr. Rae de Lisle] Rae's expertise as a teacher and leading researcher in focal dystonia and injury prevention in musicians is built on the foundations of her earlier career as a concert pianist. For almost twenty years, Rae was a prolific performer, playing around a hundred concerts a year, both nationally and internationally, as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. As a result of an overuse injury that abruptly ended her performance career, her teaching became her focus. Her own search for recovery led Rae towards the research into injury prevention and rehabilitation. Rae has since been involved in assisting of many high-profile pianists, including New Zealand’s leading concert pianist, Michael Houstoun to recover from injury. At the university, Rae is the coordinator of the Musicians' Health Programme, a collaborative program between the School of Medicine and the School of Music. As a result of Rae's research into the biomechanics of piano technique and injury prevention, Rae has devised a set of exercises suitable for students of all levels, which deal with the most basic movements involved in piano playing. In the years since these exercises were introduced to the students majoring in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland, there has been a reduction in the injuries reported. Rae has since expanded these exercises further into a multi-media publication as part of a research project, Fit 4 Piano. 🌐 https://www.raedelisle.com/ [Join the Forte’s waitlist to connect with more potential music students!] 👉 https://share.hsforms.com/1HPYudyjDQq... [The Piano Pod 🎙- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about 🎹 for ALL pianists Hey, 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry. Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 🌐 Website: https://thepianopod.com 📱Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc 📬 Email: thepianopodnyc@gmail.com
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 7: Liana Pailodze Harron & Thomas A. Giles -- Sensational Piano and Saxophone Duo!
Nov 30 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 7: Liana Pailodze Harron & Thomas A. Giles -- Sensational Piano and Saxophone Duo!
Yukimi and Clara had a wonderful conversation with the sensational Piano/Saxophone duo, Liana Pailodze Harron and Thomas A. Giles, for this season's 7th episode.Clara met the duo in the fall of 2021, and she introduced Yukimi to the video clip of their performance (https://youtu.be/rbB_Qz4L0Cs)  -- we've been obsessed with Liana and Thomas! So, we felt so lucky to be able to invite them for an interview...and we had a blast!This Brooklynite piano/sax duo never came across one another though they have been residing only one subway station away for years till the fateful day of Sept 2021. Liana and Thomas finally met through their mutual friend. A year later, they produced an album, Mysteries of the Macabre, with music by prolific composers such as Gyögy Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, and more!In this special episode, the duo will share: ✅ About their fun collaboration, Album "Mysteries of the Macabre"✅ Their solo careers✅ Impact of the pandemicand more![About Guests] Dr. Liana Pailodze Harron: https://www.lianapailodzeharron.com/Dr. Thomas A. Giles: https://www.thomasgilessax.com/[This episode is brought to you by Forte -- a free alternative to Zoom purpose-built for music teachers] Dear fellow music educators, join Forte’s waitlist to connect with more potential music students!👉 https://share.hsforms.com/1HPYudyjDQqGouiUYDC056Qc033x[The Piano Pod 🎙- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about 🎹 for ALL pianists Hey, 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry. Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 🌐 Website: https://thepianopod.com 📱Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc 📬 Email: thepianopodnyc@gmail.com [TPP Team]Executive Producer: Yukimi Song Writer: Yukimi Song Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Co-hosts: Clara Zhang/Yukimi Song Social Media: Yukimi SongSocial Media Asia: Clara Zhang (https://www.rationalmusic.com/)
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 6: Kyler P Walker--Activist Concert Pianist
Nov 16 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 6: Kyler P Walker--Activist Concert Pianist
We had a great conversation with Kyle P. Walker: Activist Concert Pianist and Educator as our guest of Season 3 Episode 6. Kyle, a strong advocate for social equality, believes music can speak to social issues better than verbal language. Having extensive experience both as a performing artist and journalist, he feels a strong responsibility and passion for raising awareness of social justice issues through music in an accessible and engaging way.In this episode, you will hear Kyle’s thoughts on how music can speak towards current social issues, how he brings awareness to influential Black music through his innovative and inclusive programs, and more.[Kyle P. Walker – Activist Concert Pianist]A strong advocate for social equality, critically-acclaimed pianist Kyle P. Walker, believes music can speak to social issues better than verbal language can, the understanding of which he brings to both traditional Western repertoire and that of the living world-wide composers with whom he collaborates. Many of his performances have been featured on media broadcasts, including The Green Space at WNYC, WQXR’s Mcgraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase, Sunday Baroque, NPR’s Public Radio East, CNN, and PBS. He has been featured in recitals at New York’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and with an orchestra in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Walker was featured in residency alongside the Boston-based ensemble Castle of our Skins at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The online series of free digital programs explore the ways some Black American composers have found inspiration in the rich tradition of spirituals. Walker is a pianist of DARA + KYLE, an innovative piano/cello duo, and 2021 recipient of the Chamber Music America “Ensemble Forward” career grant. The award-winning duo is committed to bringing excellence and respect to all under-represented composers in the canon. Walker also performs with The Harlem Chamber Players, an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable, and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. As an advocate of social justice, Walker is a founding member and chamber musician of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra that supports NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations. As a teaching artist and educator, he has co-presented at the Human Rights Center, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and the Brooklyn Public Library. A dedicated educator, Walker is a member of the piano faculty at NYU Steinhardt’s program in Piano Studies. In addition he is also on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center and on the chamber music faculty of The Artist Program at Suzuki on the Island. He has presented recitals, residencies, and masterclasses at various institutions such as The University of Dayton, The University of Virginia, Belmont University, Allen University, The Harlem School of the Arts, and The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has also co-presented extensive workshops alongside The Dream Unfinished, including the Carnegie Hall Music Educator Workshop, speaking about arts activism and building diverse curriculums for students to include composers that reflect the communities they serve. 📺 Watch his performance of “Troubled Water” by Margaret Bonds: https://youtu.be/nPeLOYc3pNA [Join the Forte’s waitlist to connect with more potential music students!]👉 https://share.hsforms.com/1HPYudyjDQqGouiUYDC056Qc033x [The Piano Pod 🎙- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about 🎹 for ALL pianists Hey, 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry. Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 🌐 Website: https://thepianopod.com📱Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc📬 Email: thepianopodnyc@gmail.com Executive Producer: Yukimi Song (https://yukimisongstudio.com)Writer: Yukimi Song Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi Song Co-hosts: Clara Zhang/Yukimi Song Social Media: Yukimi SongSocial Media Asia: Clara Zhang (https://www.rationalmusic.com/)
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 5: George Ko, Young Steinway Artist/Composer/Improviser
Nov 2 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 5: George Ko, Young Steinway Artist/Composer/Improviser
TPP Team had a wonderful conversation with Mr. Geroge Ko: Young Steinway Artist/Composer/Improviser for this episode. George is a concert pianist pushing classical music forward by blending "Chopin-like virtuosity with the vast soundscapes of cinema." His music revolves around improvisation - a practice typically confined to jazz music - which he's brought into the realm of classical music. Many of his songs are one-take improvs, allowing maximum creativity and spontaneity. George has appeared on stages worldwide, from 2000-seat auditoriums to Carnegie Hall. In addition, his music has been heard at film festivals, television broadcasts, and music festivals in Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, and China. George is also a successful entrepreneur, having founded several companies and nonprofits. He received the CES Innovation Award in Robotics in 2019, the Harvard Gov 2.0 Award for innovation in politics, and a patent in data management. During the pandemic, despite his success in the tech and media sector, he realized his true calling was playing the piano, so he left his job and began focusing on playing piano professionally for the first time. He's now a Young Steinway artist. And Steinway has described him as "making classical music accessible and exciting for the masses.” In this episode, you will hear about George’s complicated yet fulfilling relationship with the performing arts world, his discovery of his mission – entertaining his wide-range audience with his improvisatory skills on the piano as a classical pianist, his candid views about the trajectory of the classical music industry and more.  [George Ko] Young Steinway Artist/Composer/Improviser 🌐 Website: https://www.georgeko.co/🎧 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Y9xt...📺 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/georgekocreative📱 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_georgeko/ [Join the waitlist to connect with more potential music students!] 👉 Tap HERE to connect.[The Piano Pod 🎙- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about 🎹 for ALL pianists Hey, 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry. Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 🌐 Website: https://thepianopod.com📱Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc📬 Email: thepianopodnyc@gmail.comExecutive Producer: Yukimi Song (https://yukimisongstudio.com)Writer: Yukimi Song Audio/Video Editor: Yukimi SongCo-hosts: Clara Zhang/Yukimi SongSocial Media: Yukimi SongSocial Media Asia: Clara Zhang (https://www.rationalmusic.com/)
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 4: Mark Murtagh & Hunter McGranahan from Forte, a virtual conference platform for music lessons
Oct 19 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 4: Mark Murtagh & Hunter McGranahan from Forte, a virtual conference platform for music lessons
We had the opportunity to connect with Mark Murtagh and Hunter McGranahan, the co-founders of the video conferencing platform, Forte. They co-founded Forte because they believe there should be a free platform built specifically for online music lessons.Forte radically improves online education with audio quality far superior to existing platforms. Mark worked for years as a trusted advisor to some of the top music institutions in the world, including Juilliard, The Royal College of Music, and Berklee, helping them expand access to high-quality music instruction across the globe. And before Forte, Hunter helped build the Virtual Reality initiative at the Creative Artists Agency and led the development of Magic Leap's music education platform.In this latest episode, Mark and Hunter shared the story behind Forte, why Forte is (and will remain!) free, and how Forte's mission focuses on expanding access to quality music teachers anywhere in the world. [Forte] 🌐 https://fortelessons.com/Mark and Hunter are the co-founders of Forte, a free alternative to Zoom that has become the first choice for top music teachers everywhere. Forte offers features optimized for classical music lessons, including audio quality far superior to existing platforms and allowing you to hear every nuance of your student's instrument.Their colleagues at The Royal College of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Curtis Institute, and Berklee College of Music have even used Forte in their own programs. Nothing to download. It's easy to use. And FREE.😍 Dear fellow music teachers, looking for online music students? Join Forte's waitlist HERE! [The Piano Pod 🎙- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about 🎹 for ALL pianistsHey, 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show, hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry.Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era.🌐 Website: https://thepianopod.com📱Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc📬 Email: thepianopodnyc@gmail.comExecutive Producer: Yukimi SongWriter: Yukimi SongAudio/Video Editor: Yukimi SongCo-hosts: Clara Zhang/Yukimi SongSocial Media: Yukimi Song
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 2: Eduardus Halim - Steinway Artist, Artist Faculty at NYU, the "Last Pupil" of Mr. Horowitz
Sep 21 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 2: Eduardus Halim - Steinway Artist, Artist Faculty at NYU, the "Last Pupil" of Mr. Horowitz
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!]🎉🎉🎉JOIN THE LIVESTREAM OF MR. HALIM's LIVE PERFORMANCE THIS THURSDAY (9/22/2022) at 7:30 pm ET🎉🎉🎉 👉 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: https://youtu.be/quwAOohNqGg[Eduardus Halim]📍 Website: http://www.eduardushalim.com/📍 NYU Profile: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/people/eduardus-halim📍 Watch his performance of "Hammerklavier": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7F-XegfC38 [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 00:52:48 VLADIMIR HOROWITZ 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
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 1: Edna Golandsky, Founder of The Golandsky Institute
Sep 7 2022
The Piano Pod Season 3 Episode 1: Edna Golandsky, Founder of The Golandsky Institute
The Piano Pod team had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Edna Golandsky, Founder and Artistic Director of the Golandsky Institute, for the opening episode of Season 3! During the show, we got to hear her personal stories:✅ her youth and training✅ her relationship/training with Mrs. Taubman✅ how the Taubman Approach/Technique can solve most common pianists' problems✅ how she developed The Golandsky Institute.and more!If you are a pianist or serious piano student, who would like to have a long, injury-free career in performing arts,ORIf you are a piano teacher whose students deal with issues of tension while playing/practicing piano, THIS EPISODE IS JUST FOR YOU. [Ms. Edna Golandsky]Ms. Golandsky is a world-renowned piano pedagogue and the leading exponent of the Taubman Approach. She has earned wide acclaim throughout the United States and abroad for her pedagogical expertise and for using the Taubman piano technique. She is also known for her extraordinary ability to solve technical problems and her penetrating musical insight. Ms. Golandsky started the piano study in Israel at the age of eight. As a gifted pianist, she played recitals at age ten and performed with orchestras by twelve. Ms. Golandsky came to the United States when she was sixteen years old and was immediately accepted to the Juilliard School in their Preparatory Division. She remained at Juilliard for the next eight years, studying with Jane Carlson, Rosina Lhevinne, and Adele Marcus and graduating with bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance. She has been featured in The New York Times, Classical Music UK, Authority Magazine, Piano & Keyboard Magazine, The Clavier Companion, New Work Weekly, Thrive Global, and has written for The Strad, Interlude, TopMusic, Piano Marvel, and The Cross-Eyed Pianist among others. For more information about Edna, please visit ednagolandsky.com. You can also learn more about The Golandsky Institute by visiting golandskyinstitute.org. [The Taubman Approach] The Taubman Approach is a groundbreaking analysis of the mostly invisible motions that function underneath a virtuoso technique. The resulting knowledge makes it possible to help pianists overcome technical limitations and cure playing-related injuries. It is also how tone production and other components of expressive playing can be understood and taught. Edna Golandsky is the person with whom Dorothy Taubman worked most closely. In 1976 Ms. Golandsky conceived the idea of establishing an Institute where people could come together during the summer and pursue an intensive investigation of the Taubman Approach. She encouraged Mrs. Taubman to establish the Taubman Institute, which they ran together as co-founders. Mrs. Taubman was Executive Director, and Ms. Golandsky served as Artistic Director. Almost from the beginning, Mrs. Taubman entrusted Ms. Golandsky with the planning and programming of the annual summer session. She gave daily lectures on the Taubman Approach and later conducted master classes as well. As the face of the Taubman Approach, Ms. Golandsky discusses each of its elements in a ten-volume video series. Mrs. Taubman has written, "I consider her the leading authority on the Taubman Approach to instrumental playing.
The Piano Pod Season 2 Finale: Nicholas McCarthy -- One-handed Concert Pianist, Yamaha Artist, & Motivational Speaker
Jun 1 2022
The Piano Pod Season 2 Finale: Nicholas McCarthy -- One-handed Concert Pianist, Yamaha Artist, & Motivational Speaker
The TPP team had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Nicholas McCarthy – One-handed International Concert Pianist, Yamaha Artist, and Motivational Speaker — for our season 2 finale episode!   Born without a right hand, Mr. McCarthy was told he would never succeed as a concert pianist, yet he refused to be discouraged and went on to study at one of the world’s most prestigious music schools, the Royal College of Music in London where he became the first one-handed pianist to graduate in its 135-year history.   Mr. McCarthy has performed extensively in the UK as well as internationally.  His concert performances, recordings, and press coverage have drawn critical acclaim, and he continues to encourage young people through his work in music education.   As a speaker, Mr. McCarthy has created and delivered high-impact keynote talks for the world’s most dynamic brands. He has helped companies motivate their workforce, improving profitability and loyalty by sharing his truly unique and inspiring story and teaching them how to operate at a level of peak performance. During the interview, Nicholas shared stories: ✅ How he beat the odds to be accepted by the RCM ✅ His incredible international career as a concert pianist ✅ The history of the left-hand piano literature ✅ The source of his positive mindset [Nicholas McCarthy] 🌐Website: https://nicholasmccarthy.co.uk/ 📚Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nichola...) 🎙Nicholas’ appearance on the Tim Ferriss Show: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... 🗣TED Talk: https://youtu.be/m9dNZKNVqrw 🎊NO Limits Festival with Nicholas McCarthy: https://manchestercamerata.co.uk/perf... 🏅2012 Paralympic Games Anthem: https://youtu.be/0a4_cJ2q4hs 🏆2012 Paralympic Games: Coldplay “Strawberry Swing” supported by The British Paraorchestra Paralympics closing ceremony: https://youtu.be/Pu9CvbGJmss 🎹Chopin Etude Op.25 no.12 arr Godowsky: https://youtu.be/UoLE31Y83LM 📗Duet for Three Hands by Cyril Smith and Joyce Egginton: https://www.worldcat.org/title/duet-f... [The Piano Pod 🎙] The Piano Pod is a bi-monthly podcast show, hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to the piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano or works professionally in the music industry, or someone curious about the world of piano music! Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era.
The Piano Pod Season 2 Episode 16: Donna Weng Friedman--Award-winning pianist, Chamber Musician, Producer & Educator
May 18 2022
The Piano Pod Season 2 Episode 16: Donna Weng Friedman--Award-winning pianist, Chamber Musician, Producer & Educator
To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we invited Donna Weng Friedman— Award-winning pianist, chamber musician, producer, and educator -- for this upcoming episode. Clara & Yukimi had a wonderful conversation with Donna this morning. She is such a great storyteller--we all got choked up during the show hearing her incredible stories! During the interview, we covered topics such as: Donna's upbringing/training at Princeton and Juilliard, and with Nadia Boulanger.Her international performance careerHer Heritage and Harmony programsHer creation of "The Music Bee Club" -- interactive classical music apps for children. [Donna Weng Friedman] Ms. Friedman created the Heritage and Harmony programs - including the video series in collaboration with WQXR, and the education program Heritage and Harmony: Her Art, Her Voice in collaboration with the National Women’s History Museum – with the aim of promoting empathy, understanding, and tolerance among people of all backgrounds. Ms. Friedman has performed in concert halls as a soloist with major symphony orchestras internationally and as a chamber musician, collaborating with world-renowned musicians. As a recording artist, she released an EP during the pandemic, named Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, which was recently honored with two silver medals at the 2022 Global Music Awards. Ms. Friedman currently serves as a faculty member at the Mannes School of Music while conducting master classes worldwide including at the Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories. She is also the creator/developer of “The Music Bee Club”—an interactive classical music app for children, which was produced by multiple Grammy-Award winner, David Frost. [Links] WQXR Her/Music Her/Story: https://www.wqxr.org/shows/her-music-...Heritage and Harmony: https://www.wqxr.org/story/heritage-h...About Quiet Poems: https://icareifyoulisten.com/2022/03/...Listen to Quiet Poems: https://youtu.be/qLWQJXyAldoSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7iJ84K...Mannes: https://www.newschool.edu/mannes/facu...[Check out Donna’s upcoming concert] On May 26 (THU) at 7:00 pm EDT, Donna will be performing and interviewed for the event “WQXR Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month (Live and in-person)”: https://thegreenespace.org/event/wqxr...
The Piano Pod, Season 2 Episode 15: Juhi Bansal, composer/conductor, & Nic Gerpe, pianist/educator
May 4 2022
The Piano Pod, Season 2 Episode 15: Juhi Bansal, composer/conductor, & Nic Gerpe, pianist/educator
The Piano Pod team had a wonderful conversation with the musical power couple, Juhi Bansal & Nic Gerpe, from L.A.! 📝 Juhi Bansal (composer/conductor): "Radiant and transcendent," the music of Juhi Bansal weaves together themes celebrating musical and cultural diversity, nature and the environment, and strong female role models. Her music draws upon elements from Hindustani music, the spectralists, progressive metal, musical theatre, and choral traditions to create deeply expressive sound-worlds. As an Indian composer brought up in Hong Kong, her work draws upon both those traditions with the gestures of western classical music. Recent seasons have included commissions from the Los Angels Philharmonic Association, Beth Morrison Projects, New York Virtuoso Singers, and more. Her music is regularly performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia and is available on the Naxos, Albany, and Roven Records labels. She currently serves as a music faculty member at Pasadena City College. 🎹 Nic Gerpe (pianist): Hailed as magnetic by Dan Johnson from L.A. Downtown News. L.A. Times music critic Mark Swed described his playing as "wonderfully illuminating… his tone is crystalline. His technique is dazzlingly fluid." A dedicated proponent of new music, Nic has worked with composers such as Steve Reich, Gernot Wolfgang, and Anne LeBaron, and has given numerous world premieres in the Los Angeles area and abroad. Nic has performed in such venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. As one of four young pianists featured on L.A.-based Piano Spheres’ new Satellite Series, he recently performed a critically-acclaimed solo recital at the Roy And Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater.  Nic is also a dedicated educator and has been on the Piano Faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2006. In this interview, we covered topics including: ✅ Juhi's latest projects include "Waves of Change" and "Edge of a Dream. ✅ Nic's latest project, "Macrokosmos 50" ✅ Promoting contemporary piano music through their collaboration of writing late-intermediate piano pieces, "Travels." ...and so much more! [Links] 🌐Juhi Bansal: https://juhibansal.com/ 🌐Nic Grepe: http://www.nicgerpe.com/ [Resources for Contemporary Music] Playlists on YouTube: - Juhi Bansal: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7p8... - George Gianopoulos: https://www.youtube.com/c/GNGianopoul... FB groups: - Los Angeles Contemporary Music Enthusiasts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50943... - Contemporary Music Goups/Associations - New Music USA: https://newmusicusa.org/ - American Composers Forum: https://composersforum.org/ - New Music Box: https://newmusicusa.org/newmusicbox/ [The Piano Pod] 🌐website: thepianopod.com 📱Social Media: linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc
The Piano Pod, Season 2 Episode 13 Part 2: Dr. Marilyn Nonken--Concert Pianist, Steinway Artist, Musicologist, & Educator
Apr 12 2022
The Piano Pod, Season 2 Episode 13 Part 2: Dr. Marilyn Nonken--Concert Pianist, Steinway Artist, Musicologist, & Educator
The Piano Pod team had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Marilyn Nonken--concert pianist, recording artist, Steinway Artist, musicologist, author, and educator. Dr. Nonken is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation, known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. Upon her 1993 New York debut, she was heralded as “a determined protector of important music" (New York Times). Recognized as “one of the greatest interpreters of new music" (American Record Guide), she has been named “Best of the Year" by some of the nation's leading critics. Dr. Nonken has performed at the world's most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Theátre Bouffe du Nord in Paris, and the Chicago Symphony Center. The composers, who have written music for her, include Michael Byron, Richard Carrick, Victoria Cheah, Jason Eckardt, and many others. Dr. Nonken is the author of The Spectral Piano(Cambridge, 2015) and Identity and Diversity in New Music(Routledge, 2019). In addition, she has recorded more than 30 discs and has published articles on various topics regarding 20th-century music.Since 2006, Dr. Nonken has been Director of Piano Studies at NYU's Steinhardt School, where she is a Professor of Music. In Part 2 of this episode, we focused on topics including:Her insight about never-ending challenges for all pianists: access, self-preservation, education, and engagement with other artists and communitiesHer latest album, Syncopated Musings, pieces by Scott Joplin and his collaborators…and so much more! 🌐 Please visit Dr. Nonken’s website for her bio, recordings, books, and latest news: http://www.marilynnonken.com/📰 The article/essay written by Dr. Nonken and mentioned during the interview: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ZQQJQWCIRJIEVEKSYRVP/full?target=10.1080%2F07494467.2022.2033572&fbclid=IwAR3GLKfj9dWICKVnxLs6HduI8BuFJTa-qmu0oLZQpyozec3h0WZcs048Lok 👉 Be sure to check out Part 1 of this episode: https://thepianopodnyc.simplecast.com/episodes/the-piano-pod-season-2-episode-13-part-1-dr-marilyn-nonken-concert-pianist-steinway-artist-musicologist-educator [The Piano Pod 🎙] We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show, hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano or works professionally in the music industry, or someone curious about the world of piano music! Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era.🌐 https://thepianopod.com 🎙 https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc/ 🎧 https://linktr.ee/TPP2.0/