Great Pianists and Pedagogues

Carola Grindea

Carola Grindea interviews over 48 of the greatest pianists and piano teachers of the 20th century in this unique book. The contributors provide fascinating comments about their experiences, their first encounters with the piano, and their lives as performers and teachers.





These 48 interviews conducted during the 1980s and ’90s with some of the great pianists of our time first appeared in the “Piano Journal” (published by the European Piano Teachers’ Association). The contributors provide fascinating and illuminating insights about their experiences: their first encounters with the piano, then as students and later as performers and teachers – handing down ideas and traditions through the generations which is central to the world of piano teaching and performance.



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About the Author

Carola Grindea was a piano professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 1968 to 1990. In 1978 she founded the European Piano Teachers’ Association and the Piano Journal in 1980. Her research led to the founding of the International Society for the Study of Performance.


Louis Kentner
Murray Perahia
The Menuhins – Jeremy, Yaltah, Hephzibah
Radu Lupu
Fanny Waterman
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vlado Perlemuter
Russell Sherman
Jorge Bolet
Joseph Bloch
Maurice Hinson
Kendall Taylor
Edith Picht-Axenfeld
Shura Cherkassky
Magda Tagliaferro
Reginald Gerig
Bernard Roberts
Tamas Vasary
John Lill
Ronald Smith
Earl Wild
John Ogden
Fou Ts’Ong
Peter Frankl
Abbey Simon
Joseph Banowetz
Jerome Rose
Cecile Ousset
Ian Hobson
Aldo Ciccolini
Leslie Howard
John Parry
Fernando Laires & Nelita True
Moura Lympany
Andras Schiff
Melvyn Tan
Gaby Casadesus
Menahem Pressler
Barry Douglas
Dominique Merlet
Martino Tirimo
Garrick Ohlsson
Peter Feuchtwanger, teacher of David Helfgott
Nancy Lee Harper
Diane Andersen
Irina Ossipova
The Glasnost Experience


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