Articles by Nancy M. Williams, Founding Editor at Grand Piano Passion™

Nancy M. Williams is an award-winning writer and ardent amateur pianist. She performs in amateur concerts despite a genetic hearing loss, and in 2012 she debuted in recital at Carnegie Hall. She serves on the board of the Hearing Health Foundation.

Paul Elie Reads from Reinventing Bach

When Paul Elie agreed to read a selection from his new book, Reinventing Bach (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2012), for a video exclusive to GRAND PIANO PASSION™, I jumped at the chance. We would meet ... »

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What Happened When I Read Reinventing Bach

To write Reinventing Bach, Paul Elie engaged in a supreme act of listening. In this adult piano student's lessons, the ability to deeply listen eluded her. »

Pulling Bach’s Music into 21st Century

Bach, one of the masters of polyphony, influenced 22-year-old Irish composer Louis Ryan in his composition of fresh, contemporary etudes for the piano. »

Classical Piano Music Infused with Traditional Irish Singing

Young, Dublin-based composer Louis Ryan explains how his modern-day polyphonic études for piano were influenced by traditional Irish folk singing, Sean Nós. »

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Facing Down Performance Anxiety with the Bergamasque Prélude

In this video exclusive to GRAND PIANO PASSION™, Sara Solovitch plays Claude Debussy’s Prélude from the Suite Bergamasque. espite Sara Solovitch’s first recital with the Bergamasque Prélude, which she... »

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A Disastrous Recital

Adult piano student Sara Solovitch takes on the prelude from Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, tackling her frustrations and performance anxiety along the way. »

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Visualization for Carnegie Hall

After walking the spiritual Labyrinth at church, Nancy M. Williams comes up with a visualization strategy for her upcoming piano recital at Carnegie Hall. »

The Great Recordings of Scenes from Childhood

The Great Recordings of Scenes from Childhood

Relearning the Träumerei from Schumann's Scenes from Childhood, an adult piano student studies recordings of concert pianists to deepen her interpretation. »

From Accounting to Adult Piano Lessons to Guiding Light

From Accounting to Adult Piano Lessons to Guiding Light

In this interview, the second in a series, Indusekhar Menon relates how adult piano lessons sparked a significant career change and a foray into composing. »

When An Adult Saw a Piano for the First Time

ndusekhar Menon hails from Pune, India, a city known as the Oxford of the East. In his early 30s, after looking upon a grand piano for the first time, he joined the global community of people with a p... »

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Classical Piano Music in a Brownstone

Spending New Year's Eve in Manhattan brings the author's thoughts back to classical piano music and the true reasons why she had deserted it in her youth. »

One of the Best Biographies with Classical Piano Music

One of the Best Biographies with Classical Piano Music

n February of 1854, on a cold and rainy morning, the composer Robert Schumann slipped from his Dusseldorf apartment wearing a dressing gown. Plagued by incessant music and goading voices inside his he... »

How piano lessons enriched this writer's life.

How Adult Piano Lessons Enriched My Writing Life

Returning to adult piano lessons after a 25-year hiatus from the piano becomes the fodder for Nancy M. Williams's intensive writing residency and memoir. »

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Classical Piano Music with Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt's performance of the Debussy Clair de Lune showcases elements of interpretation, intention, and concentration useful to adult piano students. »

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You Don’t Look Like You Have a Hearing Loss

Janice Schacter Lintz, who has been on a mission to install hearing loops in public places for people living with hearing loss, explains how it all works. »

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Rethinking Adult Piano Lessons with Mozart

Gorden Cheng, who won an amateur piano competition playing a Mozart sonata, explains why Mozart can be more difficult to master than Liszt or Rachmaninoff. »

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An Amateur Pianist Creates a Concert Series

In the video, exclusive for GRAND PIANO PASSION™ Glenn performs a selection from his own arrangement of a Johann Strauss Waltz Medley, at the AmateurPianists San Diego recital in May 2012.  The video ... »

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When Your Piano Teacher Doesn’t Fit

Piano teacher Dr. Gail Fischler talks about her varied experiences with piano teachers and teaching styles during her own adult piano lessons in the past. »

An Equal Music Review for Lovers of Classical Piano Music

Michael Holmes, the second violinist of the successful Maggiore String Quartet, by all counts should be happy. Yet ten years before, he abandoned Julia, the love of his life, at their Viennese conserv... »

Harriet Kaplan performs Bach’s prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, No.18 from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1.

A Cellist Takes Adult Piano Lessons

In this video, exclusive to GRAND PIANO PASSION™, Harriet Kaplan performs Bach’s prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, No.18 from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. I’ve always regarded people who pla... »

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