Svetlana Belsky, Russian-born pianist, teacher and author, concertizes throughout the United States and abroad, heads the piano program at the University of Chicago, and has published a book and numerous CD liner notes.
"...a passionate pianist and scholar... big and bold music meeting big and bold performance"
Hyde Park Herald, 2/2/2011
Celebrating the centennial of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
with performances of the V. Leyechkiss transcription for piano two hands, along with Prokofiev ballet
transcriptions in concerts around the world.
First reviews are in! "...much to like", "crispness and precision", "[Belsky] knows how to make raucous sound ravishing"
ANOTHER EXCELLENT REVIEW! "...This book is a gem...don't overlook the Preface and copious footnotes. The information provided by translator Belsky about author Kogan and Soviet Russia is fascinating. Kudos to her not only for bringing Kogan's extraordinary book to our attention, but also for troubling to place its creation into the prober historical context." Catherine Kautsky, American Music Teacher, October/November 2011.
GREAT NEWS! Dr. Belsky’s annotated translation from the Russian of Grigory Kogan’s Busoni as Pianist has been nominated for the Claude V. Palisca Award (for outstanding Translation of 2010) by the American Musicological Society!
"... a 'must read' for serious pianists, piano pedagogues, scholars of performance practice, Busoni scholars, and anyone interested in the historical development of interpretive styles, schools , and trends." Erinn E. Knyt, Notes, March 2011
Music Media Monthly calls the translation "excellent" and recommends the book!