TEACH

Teaching is a great responsibility.

I have taught piano to children of all ages and levels, as well as adults, without interruption for the last 12 years, first in Paris then in Chicago. I have always taught privately to allow for more flexibility (my other work and touring makes it difficult for me to be a regular faculty member within an institution). Although I keep a relatively small studio of students every year, I am always open to considering new students. I currently teach from home in Chicago, or via Skype. 

Giving masterclasses is one of my great loves: I find it deeply rewarding to meet a student for the first time, and give them feedback that, despite the short time allotted, may provide critical for their musical understanding and growth. I know from my own experience as a student that magic can happen in a masterclass, and I try to provide my best to each young musician I have the honor of providing feedback to. I have given masterclasses far and wide, from the Central Conservatory of Beijing to the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and to many college and pre-college students in and around Chicago. 

Coaching is another approach I enjoy, for both individuals as well as chamber groups. In coaching, the main purpose is for the young musician or musicians to get another opinion on matters of interpretation or technique, to serve as both a new challenge and for further support. Coaching relationships are either of short duration (festivals), or are spaced out over the course of months, as schedules allow. 

I also adjudicate competitions on a regular basis.

Working within academic institutions is also second nature to me, having spent a wonderful part of my student years in academia (BA in History and English, Georgetown University; MM in Piano Performance, Northwestern University), which has given me a deep appreciation for research and analysis, while my real life experiences as a performer and organizer have given me unique insights into the practical realities of a musical career. I am always interested in working with students and faculty in universities and conservatories to offer guest classes or work on special projects related to either (or both) historical subject matters (anything to do with Beethoven and/or the development of French music), or concert/festival production and programming.