Pianist Steven Lin – focus on essential music making

What does it take these days for a young pianist to survive in a talent market saturated with more and more prolific contenders? Given the unusually high-ranking technical, as well as musical eloquence young artists are achieving through training at top educational breeding hothouses, a good portion of talent and practice alone – as important as may be, will hardly suffice. And yet, while it seems harder than ever to distinguish the rays of true talent shining through a thick crust...
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Revelations to inspire – Live from New York Public Library: Andrew Solomon in conversation with Paul Holdengräber.

            In his remarkably affecting new book “Far from the Tree,” Andrew Solomon “…reminds us that nothing is more powerful in a child’s development than the love of a parent” (Bill Clinton). In this book, Solomon explores the human condition underlining the uniqueness of the fascinating characters that tell their stories; his exploration goes beyond each of their specific challenges into universally connecting ground, much more so than one would think possible. The book...
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Destined for greatness

Research has indicated a genetic link between autism and the prodigiously gifted. Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University, Joanne Ruthsatz, is currently heading a comprehensive study that is investigating the fascinating aspects of such an autism-prodigy connection. Enthralled with its implications, the Southampton Arts Festival, brainchild of pianist Elena Baksht and violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, integrated this aspect of musical heritage to this summer’s classical music Festival that takes place in Southampton, now in...
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