Smart tips on piano playing…
The Israeli concert pianist, Itzhak Solsky, studied with Maria Tipo and Alexander Zak. He is one of the brightest lights in the current generation of Israeli pianists. Itzhak is also a strong amateur chessplayer (should we be surprised?) who regularly follows this blog (no-one is perfect!). Recently we have decided to exchange blog links (thankyou, Itzhak!) and you can find a permanent link to both his blog and facebook on the upper right corner. ENJOY!
”I was born in Tel Aviv and started to play the piano at the age of 4, when my father realized that I was going to break the springs of my bed and wouldn’t stop jumping on it, unless he started to teach me “how he did it”. He made me wait five more years with the “Fantasie Impromptu” though…
In later years I had the great luck and privilege to study with the amazing Professor Yonathan Zak of the Tel Aviv University – who is nowadays an intensely active teacher and tutor, at the age of over 80. A man of gentle manners, frankness, penetrating insight, humor and immense knowledge, understanding and ability both as a performer and in explaining what makes music rock (classical music rocks too, when played the right way!).
I completed my Bachelor degree with him – and also studied with the Italian Prof. Maria Tipo, who contributed a lot to my understanding of acoustics, treatment of different registers (octaves) of the piano, and many subtle points of voicing, fingering and a million of other “tiny technicalities” which make the difference between an aspiring student, and a full professional.
In the last few years I live in Brussels, Belgium, where I lead my “Itzhak Solsky and Friends” concert series (go to YouTube for many examples of what we do there) and play in other venues, some very prestigious and some more modest, with occasional forays into such places as France, England, Mexico and Israel, where I sometimes play, sometimes teach…”
Read more HERE!