Yamaha Artist Edisher Savitski to Conduct ‘Remote’ Piano Master Class with UA Students via Disklavier Technology

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Dr. Savitski will perform in New York City for music students assembled at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa – more than 1,000 miles away.

Dr. Edisher Savitski will perform on a Yamaha Disklavier PRO in New York City for music students assembled at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa – more than 1,000 miles away.

Edisher Savitski, assistant professor of piano in the School of Music at the University of Alabama, will present a masterclass on April 26, 2017 using Remote Lesson technology developed by Yamaha, the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer. Dr. Savitski will perform in New York City for music students assembled at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa – more than 1,000 miles away.

The event will represent the first time students at the university’s School of Music, one of the finest in the country, get to experience this groundbreaking, distance-learning technology that enables top artists and educators to instruct students remotely, thanks to internet-connected Disklavier reproducing pianos located miles apart, in different states or even different countries.

On short-term loan to the UA School of Music, the Yamaha Disklavier is a unique instrument capable of transmitting highly nuanced performance data – the actual key strokes and subtle gradations of pedal movement – between similarly equipped instruments over the internet. As Dr. Savitski performs on a DCFX Disklavier PRO concert grand piano in New York City, a similarly equipped instrument on stage at the school’s Moody Concert Hall will recreate, in real time, his exact performance – the piano’s keys and pedals moving up and down to capture the subtlest nuance. At the same time, students will be able to watch Dr. Savitski’s live performance on a big screen TV, with the video perfectly in sync with the piano on stage.

Following the performance, Dr. Savitski will then conduct a remote master class with Doctoral student Minwoo Park. Freely offering his words of wisdom over video chat, Dr. Savitski will play back and forth with Mr. Park, in real time, making it seem as if the instructor and student are sitting on the same piano bench.

Dr. Savitski was the first pianist to perform remotely using this technology. He played from his home in South Bend, Indiana on this type of instrument while connected to another located in New York City.

Dr. Edisher Savitski, who holds DMA degree from Michigan State University, has enjoyed critical acclaim throughout his career. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Pacific Symphony, among others, and has been performing at prestigious venues worldwide including Carnegie Zankel Hall and Carnegie Weill Hall, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; Great Hall of Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria; and Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy.

He also holds the distinction of being the first prize recipient of the 2006 Piano-e-Competition, which uses Disklavier pianos exclusively to enable contestants to audition remotely.

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