Beijing Conservatoire influenced by Russians, 1950s

Very interesting dissertation from Dr Chi Lin about influence of Russian pianism on the Chinese teachers in Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM). “Specifically, they stressed tone production. The transfer of arm weight to the fingers and the involvement off the wrists were the most important techniques advocated by the Russian teaching system…To produce a singing tone, the pianist must roll this weight from one fingertip to another while keeping the wrist flexible…. Within two years [1955-57], the Chinese pianists reached the highest performance level they ever had.”

The piano world is indeed a global village these days!

Free download of DMA dissertation available here

http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-0603102-142641/unrestricted/Lin_dis.pdf

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