In his April presentation to MEA members, Daniel Epstein — international performer, teacher and recording artist — discusses Franz Schubert in a new light. While some critics find Schubert’s larger structures rambling, episodic and lacking in dramatic tension, especially when compared to Beethoven (whom Schubert idolized), Schubert’s last piano sonata in B flat is extraordinary. A careful, sensitive look at the first movement reveals a dramatic, uniquely un-Beethoven structure — based upon memory, intuition and subtle shifts of harmony, melody and rhythm. Mr. Epstein will suggest ways in which performers and teachers can use this understanding to make their performances of Schubert more compelling and beautiful.
Daniel Epstein has become recognized as a vital and versatile solo/chamber pianist, as well as an articulate communicator and educator. He received international acclaim in 1973 for his performances with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra of the Yellow River Concerto – the first piece of Chinese classical music to be performed in the U.S. Since then, he has performed throughout the United States and has toured in China, Japan and Europe, giving solo recitals and master classes. Recently he performed both Brahms piano concertos with orchestras in the New York area.
As pianist and founding member of the Raphael Trio, since 1975 he has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire. The Trio has appeared regularly in New York’s Carnegie and Town Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna, Paris, Geneva, Budapest, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and other venues.
Epstein studied with Adele Marcus at Juilliard in the mid-sixties (she herself was a student of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel). He also studied with Dorothy Taubman in New York and Benjamin Kaplan in London. While a Juilliard undergraduate, he was one of a handful of pianists selected to play for Vladimir Horowitz at his home, and to receive his comments.
He is a member of the piano faculty at Manhattan School of Music (since 2001) and the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University (since 2007). In 2011 he opened the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra season by performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto under the baton of Shinik Hahm.
Daniel Epstein’s comprehensive teaching style has made him a most sought-after teacher. Among his students are major competition prizewinners, performers with major conductors and symphony orchestras throughout the world, and recording artists on major record labels. Because he maintains an active career as a performer, he is constantly innovating, refining and testing his teaching principles in real performance situations. For more info and a discography, please visit: danielepsteinpiano.com