Written By Makayla Yu ('30) ...more
This summer, I went to Philadelphia for the PYPA (Philadelphia Young Pianist Academy) festival. We have master classes everyday with pianists like Professor Micheal Lewin & Professor Alon Goltein. We also have everyday concerts and meditation classes. The building opened at 9 AM every day. Lights were not even on, I could already hear the sound of the piano. Two students shared one practice room and we changed our practice room every day to be fair. The festival's location was a vocal academy so the pianos sounded slightly humid.
In everyday concerts, world-class piano soloists would play in a concert and everyone must go. I had jet lag for the first few days so I did not listen to the whole concert. Furthermore, students also played in multiple concerts. In master classes, I learned a lot of things, especially techniques and fixing the quality of my sound. For everyday meditation classes, we sat silently and trained our focus. Also, we had a Piano Formun class in which every student played a repertoire of around 8 minutes and the Professor gave advice on our performance. Overall, this was a great experience and I will definitely go again when I get older.
Written by Andrew Huang ('29)
上大師班時，我學到了很多，尤其是技術和音色的質感。我們也有Piano Formum Class，在這堂課上，每個人會彈8分鐘左右的曲目，並會有大師給我們一些表演上的意見。在日常冥想課程中，我們會安靜地坐著並訓練我們的注意力。
黃博暐 Andrew Huang ('29)