I came to Veda (Kaplinsky) and she had a pretty good idea right there - focal dystonia - later also diagnosed by a neurologist.
But when I listen to him play today his hands are completely healthy, and I am moved to tears," says Veda Kaplinsky, Chair of Juilliard's Piano Department.
"Taubman changed my own life and put me on the course, that I am on today," Kaplinsky
continues, "Until I met her, I was under the assumption that you were either talented or not, and that there were no "technical problems", only technical deficiencies.
herself claims to have developed a bit of that x-ray vision, which allows her
to quickly recognize the causes of pain and tension, even if the artists themselves ignore their symptoms.
"Physical discomfort prevents you from controlling the instrument in a way that enables you to express yourself musically," she
In some cases, Kaplinsky will refer some of her students to Taubman specialist Edna Golandsky, who was Dorothy Taubman's close protégé, assistant and co-lecturer for many years.
says, "I remember, how the sound of my roommate at the piano changed immediately, after Taubman was touching her elbow slightly.
Even though Kaplinsky
did not publicly announce Taubman training as part of her
specialty, it was always a well-known fact that she
believed strongly in the Taubman principles, and integrated them into her
was recorded at the Piano World Conference, talking about her personal relationship with Taubman, and embracing her method.