Piano Note

MY JOURNEY

I am a Tokyo-born, Montréal-based concert pianist, professional accompanist and teacher. At the age of 18, I received a grant to pursue my piano studies at Laval University in Québec City, Canada, where I earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I then taught piano for 11 years at Laval University before joining the Department of Music at the Cégep régional de Lanaudière in Joliette in 1981. Now retired from this institution, I dedicate myself full time to the Taubman approach.

 

Having studied with several masters, I have a diverse musical background. Always seeking to further my own professional development, I have studied Eutony, Improvisation, Feldenkreis and Osteophony. I have performed internationally on three continents, recorded frequently for radio and contributed to the recording of six CDs.

 

Since 1995, I have been perfecting my technical, pedagogical and physical knowledge of the piano through the Taubman Approach at the Golandsky Institute, as well as through ongoing studies with Golandsky Institute co‑directors Mary Moran and Edna Golandsky, and with Ilya Itin in New York and Princeton.

 

I am an Associate Faculty Member and Master Teacher with the Golandsky Institute. I have taught the Taubman Technique since 2006 and am currently one of only three Canadian educators to have obtained this certification.

 

Today, through conferences and workshops, I help professional pianists, university and college students, piano teachers, accompanists and music lovers of all ages free themselves from physical and technical limitations in order to achieve effortless playing. As a seasoned specialist in injury prevention and Taubman Approach, I also work with injured pianists and other instrumentalists.

 

Since 2014, I have organized several master classes and workshops featuring the Taubman Approach.

 

I teach students from here and abroad at my private studio in Montréal as well as via Skype.