Elizabeth Cook-Shen

Piano teacher for students of all ages. Beginner and Intermediate levels. Suzuki or traditional methods.

Provide students of all ages a positive experience in learning piano.

Hazel Scott performing the dazzling piano part of the 1940 song titled « Taking a chance on love », composed by Vernon Duke, featured in the Broadway musical « Cabin in the sky ». In this clip, you can see the fabulous pianist, who was also an actress, playing in 1943 for the movie « I dood it » by Vincente Minnelli.

Hazel Scott was a marvelous pianist who spoke no less than 7 languages. She was a phenom who found a successful way to blend jazz and classical influences. Scott took classical pieces and improvised on them, a practice dating back to the ragtime era. Such pieces as Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 or Chopin’s Waltz Op. 64 No. 1 were audience favorites: but critics bashed the showiness of it all. Scott was also a vocalist; but what was marvelous on a live setting was rather dim in the recording studio: some artists cannot stand the test of the studio, their persona and talent shine better through their connection with the audience, and Hazel Scott fits that description. She studied classical music at Juilliard from the age of 8 (at the time, the minimum age to get into Juilliard was 16, but an exception was made for her from my understanding); in her teenage years, she started to play in jazz clubs with great success. She became an attraction at Café Society in New York in the 30s-40s. She had her own radio show in 1936, appeared on Broadway in 1938, and was in five films during the 40s, among them Rhapsody in Blue and I dood it (from which this video is taken). She also wrote songs: Love Comes Softly, Nightmare Blues… She got her own television show, making her a household name in the entertainment industry. Fighting off segregation in the U.S., she moved to France for a bit, came back to her homeland afterwards and died soon after from a cancer at the age of 61.

#hazelscott #ragtime #newyork #pianotime #piano #pianist #pianista #pianiste #classicalmusic #musician #jazz #jazzmusic #pianosolo #pianolove #music #musica #pianocover #chopin #liszt #movie #instamusic #pianomusic #instapiano #пианино #piyano #ピアノ #피아노  #钢琴 01/20/2024

Hazel Scott performing the dazzling piano part of the 1940 song titled « Taking a chance on love », composed by Vernon Duke, featured in the Broadway musical « Cabin in the sky ». In this clip, you can see the fabulous pianist, who was also an actress, playing in 1943 for the movie « I dood it » by Vincente Minnelli. Hazel Scott was a marvelous pianist who spoke no less than 7 languages. She was a phenom who found a successful way to blend jazz and classical influences. Scott took classical pieces and improvised on them, a practice dating back to the ragtime era. Such pieces as Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 or Chopin’s Waltz Op. 64 No. 1 were audience favorites: but critics bashed the showiness of it all. Scott was also a vocalist; but what was marvelous on a live setting was rather dim in the recording studio: some artists cannot stand the test of the studio, their persona and talent shine better through their connection with the audience, and Hazel Scott fits that description. She studied classical music at Juilliard from the age of 8 (at the time, the minimum age to get into Juilliard was 16, but an exception was made for her from my understanding); in her teenage years, she started to play in jazz clubs with great success. She became an attraction at Café Society in New York in the 30s-40s. She had her own radio show in 1936, appeared on Broadway in 1938, and was in five films during the 40s, among them Rhapsody in Blue and I dood it (from which this video is taken). She also wrote songs: Love Comes Softly, Nightmare Blues… She got her own television show, making her a household name in the entertainment industry. Fighting off segregation in the U.S., she moved to France for a bit, came back to her homeland afterwards and died soon after from a cancer at the age of 61. #hazelscott #ragtime #newyork #pianotime #piano #pianist #pianista #pianiste #classicalmusic #musician #jazz #jazzmusic #pianosolo #pianolove #music #musica #pianocover #chopin #liszt #movie #instamusic #pianomusic #instapiano #пианино #piyano #ピアノ #피아노 #钢琴

Gershwin composed Rhapsody in Blue (1924) at the height of his career; the durable success this iconic piece gave him placed the American wonderkid in the crop of the finest composers of the time, if not ever. Today, December 20, is the worldwide release on Netflix of the movie Maestro (@maestrofilm) celebrating the life of conductor-composer-pianist Leonard Bernstein (@leonardbernsteinofficial), that’s why I chose this extract from a 1959 telecast (part of a series called « Jazz in Serious Music ») encompassing two of Bernstein’s skills as a musician.

Rhapsody in Blue is iconic, not only for its true-to-life depiction of modern life and sounds in America, but also for the destiny tied to it, namely its omnipresence in pop culture as the archetype of jazz music. Gershwin composed the theme you hear at 0:06 while on a train ride from New York to Boston; the machinery of the steam locomotive with its accelerando and rallentando qualities was the source of Gershwin’s musical ideas in this piece. Urban life made music: it was a fairly new concept which may have been prompted by the urgency of the request made by Paul Whiteman. Indeed, the genealogy of the work came from a misunderstanding: an article mentioned that Paul Whiteman was soon to conduct a new work by Gershwin presented as a « jazz concerto ». Gershwin had no such plans and called Whiteman to decline: but he was then persuaded to compose the work… and it was written in just 5 weeks for the Feb 12, 1924 concert: Rachmaninoff and Kreisler were in the audience. Testimony of Gershwin reproduced by his biographer: « It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer… I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise. I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our metropolitan madness. » 

#gershwin #leonardbernstein #georgegershwin #rhapsodyinblue #newyork #pianotime #piano #pianist #pianista #pianiste #classicalmusic #classical #musician #pianoman #musicaclassica #chopin #jazz #pianolove #music #musica #pianocover #jazzmusic #instamusic #pianomusic #instapiano #пианино #piyano #ピアノ #피아노 #钢琴 01/12/2024

This is fun to see, the real Leonard Bernstein at the piano! Bernstein was supposed to be at Tanglewood the summer I was there, but fell ill and then passed away after that summer in October. I would have loved the opportunity to work with him as so many of my colleagues did! I did however get to see him conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Ann Arbor at Hill Auditorium when I was in college and also got to meet him after the concert!
Something I’ll never forget!❤️🎶

Gershwin composed Rhapsody in Blue (1924) at the height of his career; the durable success this iconic piece gave him placed the American wonderkid in the crop of the finest composers of the time, if not ever. Today, December 20, is the worldwide release on Netflix of the movie Maestro (@maestrofilm) celebrating the life of conductor-composer-pianist Leonard Bernstein (@leonardbernsteinofficial), that’s why I chose this extract from a 1959 telecast (part of a series called « Jazz in Serious Music ») encompassing two of Bernstein’s skills as a musician. Rhapsody in Blue is iconic, not only for its true-to-life depiction of modern life and sounds in America, but also for the destiny tied to it, namely its omnipresence in pop culture as the archetype of jazz music. Gershwin composed the theme you hear at 0:06 while on a train ride from New York to Boston; the machinery of the steam locomotive with its accelerando and rallentando qualities was the source of Gershwin’s musical ideas in this piece. Urban life made music: it was a fairly new concept which may have been prompted by the urgency of the request made by Paul Whiteman. Indeed, the genealogy of the work came from a misunderstanding: an article mentioned that Paul Whiteman was soon to conduct a new work by Gershwin presented as a « jazz concerto ». Gershwin had no such plans and called Whiteman to decline: but he was then persuaded to compose the work… and it was written in just 5 weeks for the Feb 12, 1924 concert: Rachmaninoff and Kreisler were in the audience. Testimony of Gershwin reproduced by his biographer: « It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer… I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise. I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our metropolitan madness. » #gershwin #leonardbernstein #georgegershwin #rhapsodyinblue #newyork #pianotime #piano #pianist #pianista #pianiste #classicalmusic #classical #musician #pianoman #musicaclassica #chopin #jazz #pianolove #music #musica #pianocover #jazzmusic #instamusic #pianomusic #instapiano #пианино #piyano #ピアノ #피아노 #钢琴

Little piano prodigies performs Libertango by Astor Piazzolla! The excuse tiny fingers have left the chat! 

#littlepianist #libertango #astorpiazzolla #kidartist #pianolove #pianomusic #childprodigy #pianocover #pianistsofinstagram 01/08/2024

This brings back memories for me. My son went to the San Diego Symphony concert and they had an accordion soloist who was playing this with them. When we came home, my son started playing the rhythmical part the girl is playing on the piano . He was so enamored with it, and my husband SDS violinist joined in with the melody!❤️🎶

Little piano prodigies performs Libertango by Astor Piazzolla! The excuse tiny fingers have left the chat! #littlepianist #libertango #astorpiazzolla #kidartist #pianolove #pianomusic #childprodigy #pianocover #pianistsofinstagram

01/03/2024

One of my all time favorites Jean-Yves Thibaudet! I was lucky to get to play the Poulenc Sextet with him many years ago on the horn when I was with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. What an amazing person to do chamber music with! He was a big star, but treated us as equals! It was one of my most memorable experiences! I had no camera back then. This picture was taken years later when my husband also got to play chamber music with him in San Diego. He has huge hands, the dream of every pianist! I bet he can reach an octave and a half!

12/29/2023
12/15/2023

It’s important to go through the process when learning an instrument!

12/08/2023

Absolutely love him!!! So funny! Played with him at the Hollywood Bowl!❤️💜💗

Lullaby 12/08/2023

I would like to pay tribute to Zita Carno, who was the pianist at the Losa Angeles Philharmonic when I joined the orchestra. She was a genius on the piano and brilliant musical mind! She was also one of the kindest people! When I entered the stage at Dorothy Chandler, I would pass her sitting at the piano, and she would say hello Bubula and play a snippet of some horn concerto accompaniment by memory. She had an amazing memory and could pull out all kinds of pieces by memory!
You might also hear a Yoo-hoo too when she wanted your attention.
She played with so many of the greats!
Besides being a pianist, she was a huge baseball fan and a big fan of Hawaii-5-O. Rest in Piece Zita, another great to add to the band in the heavens!❤️

Here is a little snippet about her from Slipped Disc:

The story goes that when Zita Carno auditioned for Zubin Mehta he asked if she played the second sonata by Pierre Boulez. ‘Oh, I eat that stuff for breakfast,’ said Zita. He promptly engaged her as keyboardist of the LA Phil, where she played for 21 years.

Zita, who has died aged 80, was born Zita Carnovsky in New York City and addressed everyone as ‘Bubele’. After a concerto debut with the NY Philharmonic she worked with the jazz genius John Coltrane and with the ballet leader Martha Graham.

She made multiple recordings with the LA Phil. In retirement, she wrote baseball biographies.
Please enjoy this beautiful recording of her playing:

Lullaby Provided to YouTube by CDBabyLullaby · Zita CarnoMusic For Piano By Michael Deák℗ 1998 Michael DeákReleased on: 1998-01-01Auto-generated by YouTube.

Yefim Bronfman 12/06/2023

Yefim Bronfman, always a favorite to play with! This piece, Brahms piano Concerto No.1 has some great horn parts to play too! This is a rehearsal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra!❤️💜💗

Yefim Bronfman Rehearsing the Brahms Piano Concerto No 1...with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

12/03/2023

I really enjoyed hearing my students play at yesterday’s studio recital! They all did a wonderful job!!!💜💗❤️🎶

09/23/2023

There is nothing like playing at the BBC Proms! It’s electric with standing patrons filling in the center. Never seen anything like it before! Played there once with the Los Angeles Philharmonic!

Yefim Bronfman: Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (Orchestre de Paris) 06/11/2023

Here is a favorite piece performed many many times with the LA Phil at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and then Disney Concert Hall and every summer at the Hollywood Bowl. Yefim Bronfman is also a favorite who performed regularly with us! Amazing musician and a wonderful person!!! Enjoy!

Yefim Bronfman: Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (Orchestre de Paris) Paavo Järvi conducts the Orchestre de Paris in a concert dedicated to the works of Russian composers at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, 2013.Watch the full concer...

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