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At Home with Eric Zivian

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Part of our EARLY MUSIC FOR MODERN INSTRUMENTS series!

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At Home with Eric Zivian

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Get a brand new view of the music you thought you knew: acclaimed fortepianist Eric Zivian will turn a trip down some well-worn paths into a journey of discovery. Learn how some fundamental assumptions of today’s piano playing - articulation, pedal, dynamics, and more - come from the characteristics and limitations of a modern concert grand piano. Is it time to question those assumptions? We'll explore the history and evolution of pianos and piano performance. Who knows - it just might open the door to some new ideas for how to approach your favorite repertoire.

This workshop is sponsored by the Ross McKee Foundation.

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Don't let staying at home stop you from improving your music skills! Amateur Music Network online workshops bring master musicians into your home to share their knowledge and expertise.

All you need to participate is a computer or other device connected to the internet. All registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the workshop.

To learn more about the workshop, visit our Workshop Information Page.

Admission to the workshop is by donation. Please pay what you can.

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Eric Zivian is a fortepianist, modern pianist and composer. He has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, among others. He is a founder and Music Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, a festival in Sonoma specializing in Classical and Romantic music on period instruments. Eric is using this period of shelter in place to learn all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas on the period instruments he owns.

Eric is a member of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo, the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. As a composer, he was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman Memorial Commission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.

Eric studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer.

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