Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids

November 10, 2017
Dr. Yu-Lien The, Western Michigan University

Session 1: 9:00 am
The Other Diabelli-Variations - Musical Life in Vienna around 1820

We tend to view musical and cultural life in Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century as defined by the great four: J. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. This overlooks a sizable number of composers who were prominent during this time. Many of these composers are represented in Diabelli's second book of his anthology “Vaterländischer Künstlerverein” (Patriotic Artists' Association), a sister set to Beethoven's monumental “33 Variations on a Waltz”. This relatively obscure work consists of 50 contributions by
musicians, most of whom are commonly unknown these days.

Session 2: 10:15 am
Posture - Considerations for a healthy, efficient and colorful piano performance

Working on posture with piano students is essential because of frequently encountered injuries such as tendonitis and carpel tunnel etc. Furthermore adjustments to a student’s posture not only makes a difference with supporting their technique and with tone production but also solves seemingly non-technical issues such as listening to oneself and performance anxiety.     

Session 3: 11:30 am
Master Class
Mozart, Sonata, K. 284, movement 1
Schumann, Two Mariner's Songs Op. 68, No.37 and No.36
Tcherepnin, Bagatelle Op. 5, No. 1


Yu-Lien The has performed throughout the US, Europe and Southeast-Asia, including appearances    at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Zankel Hall at Carnegie, and as a soloist with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Hannover and the Baroque Orchestra L'Arco. A sought-after chamber musician, Dr. The especially collaborates with saxophonist Joe Lulloff and has been involved in a number of commissions and world premieres. She is a prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb.

Born in the Netherlands, Dr. The obtained degrees in both piano and recorder performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She has earned an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold as well as a D.M.A. in piano performance from Michigan State University. Her principal piano teachers were Arie Vardi, Anatol Ugorski, Deborah Moriarty and Lori Sims.

Dr. The is Assistant Professor of Piano at Western Michigan University and has previously served on the faculties at Bowling Green State University, Valparaiso University and Kalamazoo College.
Refreshments will be served
Workshop begins at 9:00 am and is open to the public
​$20/adults, $5/students ​

Women's City Club ~ 254 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503