Adventures with Accompanists: Finding the Collaborative Pianist

My violin teacher always found a pianist for me whenever I played a recital, contest, or master class. His wife was a piano professor at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and taught accompanying, so she supplied him with gifted pianists. I did not fully appreciate this until the seventh grade, when I had one of the music teachers in my school accompany me on one of the Rode concertos. She pounded out the beat for me, as if I had not learned the piece yet, and I felt that I had to alter the counting and phrasing that I had already learned from my teacher just to please her. On one of my high school’s talent shows, a middle school violinist performed one of the Seitz

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