New York, NY — Edited by pedagogues Paul Sheftel and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, Repertoire Classics for Piano is a comprehensive and progressively graded collection of classic solos for piano. The included data CD contains the following for each solo: performance tracks, as well as master class lessons featuring performance and practice techniques for each piece. Listen to performances from a real concert grand piano and get the benefit and insight of master instructors as they teach the finer points of performance, technique, and even offer some historical context. These books contain a fine mix of easy to play, unabridged, original piano solos written by the masters for beginning pianists. Many of the pieces in this collection are on state contest/festival required music lists and cover performance levels from grade 2 through 5. There is a wide variety of music from all style periods and by some of the greatest composers of all time. Biographies of each composer are also included. These collections are a must for piano students and teachers.
Paul Sheftel is a leader in keyboard studies and has performed, lectured, and conducted workshops in nearly every state. His published materials and software are widely used throughout the USA, as well as in Europe and Asia. Mr. Sheftel was born in Italy and grew up in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Frances Robyn and Alfred Pryce Quinn and theory and composition with Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco. He spent two of his teen years in Paris, France studying piano with Lazare Levy and theory and composition with Alexandre Tansman. After earning bachelorís and masterís degrees from Juilliard (studying with Edward Steuermann), he went to Italy on a Fulbright grant where he worked with Guido Agosti. While in Italy, he formed the two-piano team of Rollino and Sheftel; the duo performed extensively in Europe and the United States, both in recital and with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, The Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic and The Chicago Symphony among many others. He has appeared both as part of his two-piano team and in solo recitals in many of New Yorkís leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and Hunter College. He has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College, has been piano editor for Carl Fischer, and is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School where he teaches Piano Pedagogy. He maintains a private teaching studio in New York City.
Phyllis Alpert Lehrer is known internationally as a performer, teacher, clinician, author and adjudicator. She has enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the Republic of Georgia and El Salvador. Her performances have met with much critical acclaim: “Warmth and vibrancy at its best,” The Times (London); “An able warmhearted pianist…Impressive musicianly qualities,” Daily Telegraph (London); “an admirable musicality …” (The New York Times). Ms. Lehrer is professor of piano and director of graduate piano pedagogy at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. She has edited Chopin: An Album and co-edited Debussy: An Album, as well as several anthologies for Carl Fischer with Paul Sheftel. Their ten volumes, Mastering Classic Favorites and More Mastering Classic Favorites, include performances and mini-master classes on the CDs that accompany each. Ms. Lehrer’s articles, interviews and reviews on piano pedagogy, music and health have appeared in Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and The European Piano Teachers Journal. She has recorded for the Educo and Seda labels, and has released a CD of duo piano music with piano partner, Ena Bronstein Barton. Ms. Lehrer holds a B.A. in music from the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music and an M.S. in piano from the Juilliard School of Music. Her teachers include Paula Kessler Hondius, Lily Dumont, Benjamin Kaplan, Adolph Baller and Adele Marcus.
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