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Edna Golandsky is the leading exponent of the Taubman Approach. She has earned wide acclaim throughout the United States and abroad for her extraordinary ability to solve technical problems and for her penetrating musical insight. She received both her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, following which she continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman.

Performers and students from around the world come to study, coach, and consult with Ms. Golandsky. A pedagogue of international renown, she has a long-established reputation for the expert diagnosis and treatment of problems such as fatigue, pain, and serious injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, focal dystonia, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow, and ganglia. She has been a featured speaker at many music medicine conferences. She is also an adjunct professor of piano at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Ms. Golandsky has lectured and conducted master classes at some of the most prestigious music institutions in the United States, including the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory. Internationally, she has given seminars in Canada, Holland, Israel, Korea, Panama, and Turkey. In 2001 she was a guest lecturer at the European Piano Teachers’ Association in Oxford, England, and in July 2003 she conducted a symposium in Lecce, Italy. In August 2010, she gave a master class and judged in a piano competition at the Chatauqua Festival. She was a guest presenter at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in 2003 and 2009 and was engaged to return in October 2010. In 2011 she was a guest presenter at the Music Teachers National Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Piano Teachers Congress of New York; and the Music Teachers Association of California. She gave week-long workshops at the Panama Jazz Festival at 2009, 2010 and 2012.  In 2012, she presented as a part of the New York University Steinhardt Masterclass series as well as at the Music Teachers Association of California annual convention in San Diego. She returned to England in 2013 to conduct a symposium for piano and violin in Cambridge.

In 2003, Edna Golandsky established the Golandsky Institute with John Bloomfield, Robert Durso and Mary Moran to bring high-level training in the Taubman Approach to the musical community. The aim of the Institute is to provide musicians with a foundation that allows for full artistic expression and the development of virtuosic technical ability.  The Institute is the pre-eminent center for the Taubman Approach,  which has proven to be highly effective in the resolution of technical limitations and playing-related injuries.  The Golandsky Institute holds a yearly symposium and festival in July which draws musicians from around the world.  The event was featured in a New York Times article in July 2012.

Edna Golandsky’s lectures have broadened the Taubman Approach and imparted it to many people who have come to benefit from it. As her knowledge deepened over the years, she continued to develop new material.  She presents the Taubman Approach in its entirety in the 10-DVD set The Taubman Techniques.  In conjunction with the Golandsky Institute, she has further developed the Taubman Approach in the 3-DVD set, The Art of Rhythmic Expression, which has been heaped with praise from around the world, and the 2-DVD set, The Forgotten Lines: Lines that Support, Surround, and Intensify the Melody.

She has also created Healthy Typing, a DVD that teaches computer and BlackBerry users how to type without pain.

For the past three years, Ms. Golandsky and violinist Sophie Till have been working on a detailed application of the Taubman principles for string players. An instructional book about beginning lessons in the Taubman Approach for violinists is slated to come out in the future.


JUNE 5, 2014

4:30 PM

Lecture: The Basic Principles of the Taubman Approach

Edna Golandsky introduces the basic principles of the Taubman Approach named after Dorothy Taubman.  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 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.

JUNE 7, 2014

3:00 PM

Clinic: Ask a question, get an answer!

An interactive technique clinic where you can both observe and/or bring specific technical issues or passage problems and see how they get resolved. 

JUNE 8, 2014

1:30 PM

Master Class

Edna Golandsky works with Young Artist in Residence Henry Kramer. Repertoire TBA.