(photograph of Rudolf Firkušný at Carnegie Hall by Steve Sherman, November 1987)
From time to time, I am asked what I consider to be the most significant musical experience of my life. Without hesitation, I always answer: the honor of studying piano with the great Czech pianist Rudolf Firkušný, from 1980 to 1984 at the Juilliard School in New York City.
In written and video blog postings to come, I will opine upon his authoritative pianism, importance as a champion of the great Czech composers (many of whom were his close personal friends), and extraordinary pedagogy and humanism. Here I only want to post a link, to an informative radio program recently released by Radio Prague, shortly after the wonderful Rudolf Firkušný 100th Commemoration held in Brno, Czech Republic, in April 2012.
You will hear me speaking on this program about my beloved teacher, as well as former Firkušný pupils Carlo Grante and Dora Novák-Wilmington. Enjoy.
Radio Prague: ”Rudolf Firkušný as remembered by his students”
http://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/pianist-rudolf-firkusny-as-remembered-by-his-students\”Rudolf Firkušný as remembered by his students\”