The piano - The piano is the voice that truly reflects the universal colors of music. It is the pianist's eternal quest to search, discover, nurture, suffer and forever respect the eternal music that is imprisoned within it. Suffering, heartbreak, joyfulness, rapture, peace and serenity are the gifts that it has forth to bare. The one who chooses to hew away at its rough marbly edges will eventually discover its endless and illuminating beauty. Don't miss out on the opportunity to live this wonderful experience.
My teacher - Through my own pianistic quest, I've come across many different schools and variety of technical approaches to the instrument. I was fortunate enough as a young child to be taught by the parents of world renowned pianist Bruno Leonardo Gelber. Unfortunately, their technique never progressed me as I wish it would have. In my quest, I wondered into other schools of playing this time in the hands of conservatory teachers that cared more for their academic progress than extracting the best out of each student. Fortunately for me, my passion was composition, so my search for technical perfection was tempered by my love to create and paint with music. Yet, the importance of the technique was vital for the quality and structure of my compositions. However hard I tried, I could not push my hand enough to develop the structure of my sounds. And one day, I suffered a tremendous blow to my musical aspirations. My hand became crippled by a syndrome called "focal dystonia". Although I was not aware at that time, I came to find out that this was a neurological disease that occurred to many musicians who have stressed their hands beyond limit and using the wrong technique. I wondered for years, convinced that my hand was gone forever and dead was my music. I was seen by top neurologists at the National Institute of Health, whom also treated piano virtuoso Leon Fleischer for the same disease. I went as far as injecting botox in my hand to temper the crippling of my fingers.
"La comedia e finita"; I thought to myself.
Then one day my young daughter came to me with a flyer of a local teacher who gave piano lessons. She told me that I should take Piano lessons from her. I really had almost given up on my piano playing and less did I think that a piano teacher could do anything about it. I was convinced from head to toe that there was nothing that could be done for my hand. When I saw the resume and the accomplishments Amarylli had achieved as a pianist, I really thought this would be more of an opportunity for my daughter than for me. When I walked into her studio, we conversed about Victoria taking lessons and by pass I mentioned to her about my condition. The first thing that Amarylli did was to have me sit down and relax my hand. I never really thought my hand was tense, until she showed me the real way to relax it. We begun working through pieces very slowly and she began to unveil a new technique which I had never experienced before. To the point that my articulation was no longer a dependent factor in my playing.
For the last 6 months both Victoria and I have been taking lessons with Amarylli. What I can say is that, ever since, I have had no need to go back for any botox treatments and my playing capacity has increased substantially.
I cannot explain the impact that this has done to my hand and how she has changed my life with her technique and approach to music. This is a first and it’s real. My daughter Victoria has been on the fence with playing the piano. She has seen my struggles and certainly voiced out her fears of approaching such a demanding instrument. Yet, ever since she has been with Amarylli, her love for the instrument has increased and she has developed a curiosity in developing further. She basically went from zero playing to now having a sound control of her hands and playing pieces of considerable difficulty. And all this has been achieved not only through her sound approach to teaching, but also by her passion to nurture my child both as a person and as an artist.
As a pianist who once lost his ability to play, I can only attest that Amarylli has changed not only my way of playing , but also has increased my confidence, my ability and lost interest to go back and play piano literature.