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.
If you are a pianist or serious piano student, who would like to have a long, injury-free career in performing arts,
If 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.