Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber

in Rudolf Serkin

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195130461
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849499 | DOI:

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The chapter traces Serkin's evolution as a teacher in the different stages of his life. His mentoring role started within his own family as he was required to teach his younger siblings. Later on in Basel and Bern, he had a small studio of students. In America, Serkin's teaching career began when he accepted a faculty position — and the directorship later on — at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Here, Serkin thrived on one-on-one lessons where he could establish solid relationships with his protégés. A section is then devoted to Serkin's characteristic teaching techniques, which reflect his devotion to discipline and practice and his belief in the individuality of each musician. A section is also devoted to the changes Serkin implemented at Curtis and his short-lived brainchild, the Institute for Young Performing Musicians. Personal accounts from Eugene Istomin, Seymour Lipkin, Lee Luvisi, and Ruth Laredo conclude the chapter.

Keywords: Serkin; teaching; Eugene Istomin; Seymour Lipkin; Lee Luvisi; Ruth Laredo

Chapter.  18483 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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