World famous concert pianist Grant Johannesen completed this memoir shortly before his sudden death in 2005. Born in Salt Lake City, Johannesen gives an account of his childhood and education in Utah, his early career and study in Europe and New York, his growing reputation as a pianist, and his worldwide performances. He writes also of his early marriage to Helen Taylor, who died suddenly in an auto accident, his later marriage to the renowned cellist Zara Nelsova, his activity as a teacher and as a judge in piano competitions, and his octogenarian thoughts for the benefit of younger generations of musicians.
Journey of an American Pianist presents an extensive examination of Johannesen’s artistic commitment and the importance of certain kinds of training and experience, framed in large part as advice to the young pianist seeking a concert career. At the same time, it has plenty of everyday-living experience, showing what pianists do and think about when they are not actually playing or performing.
|Publisher:||University of Utah Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||16 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Grant Johannesen (1921-2005) was one of America’s most distinguished concert pianists and musical educators.
Table of Contents
Foreword David Taylor Johannesen ix
Occupy the World 1
A New Family 16
In Transit 42
An American Pianist 55
In Russia 63
Back to School 84
Piano Competitions 103
Inside an International Piano Competition 115
The Dark Side of the Piano 127
On Becoming an Artist 152
Unbearable Happiness 187