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Summer School: Musical Intention and Communication

Leon Fleisher: "If you play before you hear, it's an accident, and everything is built then on an accident."

We continue our Summer School blog series with thoughts from Leon Fleisher on demonstrating the clarity of one's intention through the music one performs. In this Professional Training Workshop, Fleisher encourages young artists to move beyond verbal expression and muscle memory when playing a piece, and to view practicing as a luxurious opportunity to experiment with music.


"When you have extraordinary colleagues, you don't have to put things into words. There's a commonality of experience that is so much more precise. Words … introduce doubt."

—Leon Fleisher


Summer School has previously explored this Professional Training Workshop led by renowned pianist, conductor, and teacher Leon Fleisher, who worked with 16 young musicians in a weeklong exploration of Brahms's chamber music  for piano trio, piano quartet, and piano quintet. Mr. Fleisher was joined by special guest faculty cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Pamela Frank, providing a rare opportunity to see three masters coaching and playing together.

For more of this series, explore:
Summer School: Establishing a Musical Career
Summer School: What is a Teaching Artist?
Summer School: The Journey from Workshop to Stage
Summer School: "Let the Performers Be Themselves" 
Summer School: "Music is the Star" 

For more of this workshop, watch:
The full workshop on our Online Resource Center

For more information about applying for an opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Marilyn Horne, John Adams and David Robertson, and the Takács Quartet, visit:
Professional Training Workshops 

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