Slutsky returns to School of Music as guest faculty member and holds piano master class


Boris Slutsky, piano faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory, is giving a master class at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 in the Sherwood-Marsh Studios.

According to John Milbauer, co-chair of the Piano Program at Chautauqua Institution, Slutsky has been one of the most prominent and admired piano teachers in the Americas, and he is in demand all over the world as a teacher.

“It was a great pleasure when Boris Slutsky came last year to Chautauqua, because he embodies and transmits musical understanding and expression in a way that is very sympathetic with how (the heads of the program) experience music, as well,” Milbauer said.

Milbauer said the Piano Program heads are thrilled to have Slutsky as a guest faculty member for the first week of the Piano Program.

“His understanding of style is compelling and in very fine taste, and that is a wonderful way to begin a five-week program. He is very generous with his time, and we are very excited to feature him again in Week One.”

-John Milbauer, co-chair of Piano Program, Chautauqua Institution

Milbauer attributed much of the success of the Piano Program to the guest faculty who come to Chautauqua.

“Those guests bring diverse viewpoints regarding technique, style, repertoire and generally how one creates a life in music,” Milbauer said.

The diversity in viewpoints and varying teaching approaches are welcomed at Chautauqua, Milbauer said, and that diversity is intentional.

“Some guests demonstrate and advocate approaches that are aligned with our own approaches, and some guests are, well, ‘antithetical’ is a strong word,but in a literal sense, not an inappropriate one,” Milbauer said.

The heads of the Piano Program, including Alexander Gavrylyuk, Milbauer and Nikki Melville, like a multiplicity of viewpoints, Milbauer said, and their job as the heads is to help put all of the viewpoints in context and make them resonate with the students.

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The author Flora Junhua Deng

Flora Junhua Deng is covering the School of Music for The Chautauquan Daily this summer. She is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is studying journalism and music. A native of China, Flora is not a huge fan of coffee but likes tea. She is a cat person but also loves dogs.