Mimi Stillman on working with Jeffrey Khaner

“I am deeply honored to be working with Jeffrey Khaner, my former teacher and lifelong friend and mentor, at Curtis Summerfest. When I came to Curtis I was just twelve years old and was fortunate to have two magnificent musicians as my teachers, Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. For about two years, I had two lessons per week, focusing on repertoire with Julius Baker and etudes with Jeffrey Khaner. As Jeff put it, “Mr. Baker forgot you’re twelve and haven’t done a lot of etudes yet,” so he put me through my paces with four etudes a week. One of the many important things I learned from Jeff was about how to arrive at an interpretation of the music. Rather than instructing me how specifically to play a phrase, he taught me how to approach the music and understand the phrasing on my own. I internalized this key lesson and try to emulate this concept in my own teaching.”  -Mimi Stillman

 

Photo of Jeffrey Khaner, Mimi Stillman, and Julius Baker (c. 1997) courtesy of Mimi Stillman.


About The Author:

Molly Matthews is the Curtis Summerfest intern. She can be found crafting blog posts from the Curtis Summerfest office or lurking in the back of an event trying to capture the perfect photograph. She is a student at Syracuse University studying advertising and art history.


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