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Throughout much of the 20th century, pianists have been expected to perform from memory, yet the reasons behind this practice continue to spark curiosity and debate.
Drawing insights from various historical periods, we will explore the art of memorization across cultures and traditions. From the memorization practices of the Renaissance to those of monastic orders, we will uncover how memorization has shaped diverse traditions.
Our exploration will extend to the present day, where we will investigate the evolving attitudes toward memorization in contemporary piano pedagogy and performance. This examination will prompt reflections on the enduring significance of memorization in today's musical landscape.
Taking a practical approach, I will also offer insights into effective memorization techniques and strategies for piano students.
Pianist Zachary Deak has appeared in recital as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, France, Morocco, Portugal, Moldavia and the United Kingdom. He has concertized at venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Cité de la Musique, Salle Cortot, l’Archipel, in Paris, the Casa de Musica in Porto and the Theatre Micaelense in Ponto Delgada as well as l’Institut Francais in Agadir, Morocco.
The recipient of numerous awards, Zachary received the Hopkinson silver medal at the prestigious Chappell Medal Piano Competition in London in 2012. In 2013, he had the privilege to work intensively with the eminent pianist Maria Joao Pires in Paris and Brussels.
A graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Royal College of Music in London, Zachary received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California under the guidance of Dr. Stewart Gordon.
A dedicated teacher, Zachary has taught at Cal State University Los Angeles, Cuesta College San Luis Obispo and is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Musicology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.