Annual Truman Piano Festival to Feature Guest Artist Maria del Pico Taylor

The Truman Department of Music has announced Maria del Pico Taylor as the guest artist for the 29th Annual Truman Piano Festival Feb. 18. Taylor serves on the piano faculty at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pa.

Taylor will conduct a master class featuring Truman piano majors at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. She will then deliver a presentation on the Dorothy Taubman technique at 11 a.m. in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

The Taubman technique liberates pianists to play effortlessly, unburdened by physical limitations. Based on principles of physiology, the Taubman technique is built on the concept of coordinated motions of finger, hand and arm movements. Both the master class and the Taubman presentation are open to the public, free of charge.

Taylor was the first Cuban pianist to receive the coveted Canada Council Grant for advanced studies at the University of Toronto, where she graduated with distinction with Artist and Licentiate Diplomas in piano performance and pedagogy. She also has a master’s degree in piano performance from Northwestern University.

Her teachers include Paul Stassevitch, Adele Marcus and Dorothy Taubman. She is a frequent presenter of lecture and master classes on the Taubman technique at state and national conventions throughout America.