Classical Piano Performance Preparation—
Leschetizky to Raab to Krasoff to Heitman
The Juilliard School
Synopsis of Biography
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This is a brief synopsis of my biography. My primary piano performance Professor was Wanda Krasoff. She was recommended by Josef Hofmann to study with Professor Alexander Raab.
He studied at the Vienna Conservatory, and his Professor was Leschetizky. He was also a good friend with Brahms in Vienna (my Professor showed me the original photo at a piano lesson).
My Professor Krasoff was endorsed by Arthur Rubinstein and many other prominent concert pianists.
I also studied with many other excellent classical piano performance Professors, including my mother—The Juilliard School.
Since I grew up in a musical environment, listening to my mother practising piano all the time, it inspired me very much to become a pianist, however. Through my Professor Krasoff, I decidedly developed very original and unique perspectives on my own for being a pianist. Many of my ideas were formed at an early age, because I was seriously inspired by Arthur Rubinstein.
Wanda Krasoff, Pianist and Professor:
“ Her interpretations commanded respect for their general musicianship and efficiency. Miss Krasoff left no doubt she is an accomplished artist and a fine musician. ”
Reviewed by Harold C. Schonberg, The New York Times
She had many other numerous excellent reviews by her colleagues and other professionals in the music industry.
My Professional Background
→ Biography for Pianist, Steven Heitman:
Being linked via Alexander Raab—her Professor, Wanda Krasoff—my Professor—to a tradition that descended directly from Ludwig van Beethoven himself, handed down through Carl Czerny, and Theodor Leschetizky, including Franz Liszt (her technical approach was more akin to the Siloti-Liszt method—specific to her remarkable technique that she emphasized and taught to her students); Alexander Raab studied with Leschetizky at the Vienna Conservatory and was acquainted with Brahms.
I am very thankful and grateful to Wanda Krasoff, pianist. She was my primary classical piano performance Professor, including many other Juilliard-trained pianists (as well as my mom) as well as Liszt Academy-trained (Sari Biro and her assistant) classical piano performance Professors.
She was reviewed by Harold C. Schonberg, Miles Kastendieck, The New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Ignace Paderewski (Rancho San Ignacio), Josef Hofmann (Curtis Institute), Arthur Rubinstein (Los Angeles).
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