Apr 23, 2018
Dr. Johnandrew Slominski is a distinguished performer, theorist, author, speaker, and pedagogue. By 21, Dr. Slominski earned three degrees from the Eastman School of Music including a Master of Music in Performance and Literature, a Master of Arts in Pedagogy of Music Theory, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance; his first professorship followed two years later.
He received Eastman's coveted Performer's Certificate in recognition of outstanding concert artistry—the youngest individual to have received that honor. While completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman, he was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student and the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship in recognition for his musicological research.
A specialist in the field of eighteenth-century music, Slominski is the founder and director of “Classical Music on the Spot”, an institute dedicated to the research, pedagogy, and performance of eighteenth-century style improvisation at the keyboard. As a competition laureate, Dr. Slominski was awarded first prize in the Chautauqua International Piano Competition and was the silver medalist in the inaugural International Keyboard Odyssiad Piano Competition.
Praised for his virtuosity, innovative programming, and broad repertoire, Slominski performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
We talk about the Galant style and music of the 18th century, how musicians centuries ago improvised and learned differently from today, we talk about his approach to improvisation in classical music, improvising cadenzas and much, much more!