Teaching Genius - Barbara Lourie Sand
Dorothy Delay and the making of a musician
Dorothy DeLay is the first woman and the first American to have been accorded a place among history's great violin pedagogues. From Itzhak Perlman to Midori and Sarah Chang, the list of her pupils reads like a Who's Who of today's viruoso performers. For more than half a century, she has been a power behind the throne, a legend within the world of classical music, whose influence extends far beyond the practice room. In the course of writing about some of DeLay's studenst, Barbara Lourie Sand spent nearly ten years in DeLay's studio at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, seeking to understand what sets DeLay apart from other instructors. The material gleaned opens a window into DeLay's world and the children, parents and managers who inhabit it.
Sand examines the childhoods of several DeLay students, taking an in-depth look at one of today's foremost stars, Sarah Chang. Woven through the stories are key issues in the care and training of exceptional young artists. DeLay is hardly just a nice lady who teaches the fiddle. Where her students are concerned, this motherly woman is capable of behaving more like a lioness, defending them form outside predators, such as overambitious parents or managers; insisting that they listen to their own musical instincts; and finally, making sure that they gain the skills and independence they will need to survive and flourish in the jungle of the professional concert world that awaits them.
Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg are among the musicians who provide their very personal assessments of DeLay as friend and teacher. Their insights, as well as those of DeLay's husband, New Yorker writer Edward Newhouse, paint a rich portrait of a tenacious, loving, and brilliant woman whose motivating challenge is to find the approach that will lead to her Charges' succes.
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