I recently returned from a week in Vermont at the scenic Adamant Music School. There were nearly thirty attendees to perform in and observe the week of master classes with renowned Irish pianist, John O’Conor. The classes culminated with recitals on Friday and Saturday, with all events open to the public.
The emphasis on musicality and sound really brought out the best in everyone and positively transformed our playing for the final recitals. This intense focus on score studying, listening and style helped pianists of all levels make strides in their playing. The wonderful facilities and tuned pianos were of great benefit throughout the week, and the beautiful green mountains and lake trails were an added bonus!
Above all, I was so impressed by the support and encouragement amongst the audience and fellow pianists. We discussed practice strategies and productivity, as well as music in general. Regardless of the age, level, or musical background coming into the program, we all shared the same passion for piano practice and personal reflection and refinement.
A special thanks to the wonderful Dr. Deirdre O’Donohue and Frank Suchomel whose coordination and correspondence ensured a successful week for all.