Attend the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton University, July 9-16

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Learn a practical step-by-step approach to solving your playing-related pain or preventing it from happening!


Learn a practical step-by-step approach to solving your playing-related pain or preventing it from happening!


Do you experience tightness, pain, or limitations to your playing? Learn a practical step-by-step approach to solving your pain or preventing it from happening. Attend the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton University, July 9-16, 2017.


Designed as a beautiful respite to your normal musical life/routine, one week in idyllic Princeton inspires even the most jaded musician. At the Symposium’s core is the Taubman Approach, which is a groundbreaking analysis of the mostly invisible motions that function underneath a virtuoso technique. The resulting knowledge makes it possible to help pianists and string players overcome technical limitations as well as cure playing-related injuries. It is also the way that tone production and other components of expressive playing can be understood and taught. 



The Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton University features lectures, master classes, concerts, technique clinics, and other presentations by Edna Golandsky and the Institute’s expert faculty, all of whom have undergone years of rigorous training to qualify as teachers of the Taubman Approach. 


The Golandsky Institute’s faculty work with pianists and string players of all levels - professional, student, and amateur. The one-week Symposium includes:

  • 4 private lessons
  • 4 supervised practice times in addition to private lessons (first-time participants only)
  • 3 interactive technique clinics
  • For participants with previous exposure to the Taubman Approach, breakout groups are where you can experience specific keyboard passages that are being discussed in relation to applicable concepts of the Taubman Approach.
  • Master classes
  • Presentations and lectures by Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, Mary Moran, and Sophie Till (strings program).
  • 5 evening concerts by world-class artists (International Piano Festival)
  • Each participant who attends six full days of the Symposium receives a Certificate of Participation!


Featured presentations this year include:



  • Showing the Path to Successfully Handling Wide Stretches and Large Leaps in Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 and Liszt's La Campanella
  • Solving the Mystery of Double Thirds with Demonstrations from Tricky Passages in Chopin, Beethoven and More


Fingering in Focus: Avoiding Stretching with a Creative Strategy



Two Hands Play Together! A Game of Chance or Skill? Explanation and demonstration of the necessary skills of putting hands together. Called "The Interdependence of the Hands" in the Taubman Approach, these skills are innovative, pragmatic, and far reaching.



Beethoven Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique": an overview of the three movements of this popular sonata with analysis of the main musical and technical highlights of each movement. The left hand figures (broken octaves, Alberti bass, and arpeggiated accompaniments) of each movement will be discussed in detail.


SOPHIE TILL (strings program)

Applying the Taubman Approach to the Violin



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The Strings Program at the Summer Symposium is a week-long program for violinists and violists - professionals, students and amateurs. The daily technique lectures cover Taubman/Golandsky principles for first time and returning participants. Daily workshops provide hands-on practical help with problem passages and enable participants to experience the Taubman/Golandsky work in action. Master classes offer performance opportunities, both for solo and chamber music repertoire, and four private lessons enable every participant to address specific personal needs.


Concurrent with the Symposium, the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival presents world-class artists each evening. Symposium participants and members of the public enjoy five evening concerts in one week. This year’s illustrious artists include: Claudio Martínez Mehner, Josu de Solaun, Father Sean Duggan, The Bill Charlap Trio, and Ilya Itin.


Come to Princeton this summer and enjoy a music festival unlike any other! Here is a daily overview.




8 AM - Breakfast with friends and colleagues, practice time.


10 AM - A lecture appropriate to your level.


  • LEVEL 1: For participants who are new to the Taubman work, there will be a presentation of the basic elements of the technique with explanations and demonstrations about how each element works.


  • LEVEL 2: For participants who have had prior exposure to the Taubman Approach, the lectures will focus on how the elements of the basic technique are integrated to promote ease of execution for passagework.


  • LEVEL 3: For participants enrolled in the Professional Training Program, interactive presentations will deepen the understanding of complex technical and musical issues in specific passages from the repertoire.


12 PM - Lunch with friends and colleagues in Princeton University’s dining hall.


1 PM - Most of the master classes, presentations, and panel discussions take place throughout the afternoon.


5:30 PM - Practice time, dinner with friends and colleagues.


8 PM - Attend a concert at the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival (every evening except Wednesday).


9:30 PM - Reception following performance.


10 PM - Practice time, relax with friends and colleagues.


Learn more and register for the Summer Symposium at Princeton University, July 9-16, 2017.