Damjana Zupan

Event Creative Director * Performance Coach * Piano Teacher

epta-europe.org

2015 May

The European Piano Teachers’ Association has a new website, thanks to Damjana, the website’s editor. Feel free to browse the pages, see the latest news from the almost 40 Associations around the world or subscribe for the Piano Journal.  

Accompanying – Punishment or Creativity?

2015 April

“Korepetiranje – kazen ali ustvarjalnost?” is the original title of the book written by Zoltan Peter, a pianist of a Hungarian origin, who lives and works in Slovenia. Damjana is the editor of this book that was greatly anticipated and now published in Slovenia. The book is a precious document that explains all possible aspects of the piano accompanying and coaching. 

See the Acknowledgment 

See the Cover  

Lady pianists can also move the world

2014 August

Translation of the original article which was published in VirKLA, EPTA Slovenia Magazine, is published in the newest edition of EPTA Piano Journal (Issue 103, 2014, August), with additional notes written by Nadia Lasserson, EPTA Europe Secretary and daughter of Carola Grindea.

Piano Journal 103 

Lady pianists can also move the world

2014 June

This year’s theme of the Slovenian EPTA Magazine VirKLA is ‘The Actuality of Piano Playing’.

Damjana’s contribution is this article, orig. published as “(Tudi) klavirske dame lahko premikajo svet“. Damjana suggests to follow the example of three pianists, whose force of life and dedication to the piano has moved the world:

Carola Grindea (1914–2009), founder of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA), the International Society for the Study of Tension Performance (ISSTIP) and The Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. Her vision was to help people transform from nobody to SOMEBODY.

Myra Hess (1890–1965), a distinguished British pianist. On the day of the outbreak of World War II in the UK, Carola Grindea and her husband Miron visited Myra. Carola was stunned to realize that Myra had no intention to continue with the music during the war years. She made Myra change her mind, and only a few weeks after, the famous lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery of London were established.

Alice Herz-Sommer (1903–2014), who died this year as the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world. Moreover, she was a pianist who played in recitals while being imprisoned in a concentration camp – but never ceased to love life. A documentary that was filmed about her life won the Oscar award 2014.

Food For Thought

 
“I look at the good. When you are relaxed, your body is always relaxed. When you are pessimistic, your body behaves in an unnatural way. It is up to us whether we look at the good or the bad. When you are nice to others, they are nice to you. When you give, you receive.”


Pianist

Alice Herz-Sommer
(1903–2014)

Playing the ego

2014 April

Four different views on ego and its role in music making are published in the new ‘TENSION IN PERFORMANCE – The ISSTIP Journal’ (VOL. 3 No. Continue reading

Food For Thought

 
"I look at the good. When you are relaxed, your body is always relaxed. When you are pessimistic, your body behaves in an unnatural way. It is up to us whether we look at the good or the bad. When you are nice to others, they are nice to you. When you give, you receive."


Pianist

Alice Herz-Sommer
(1903–2014)