Joyful Play is an adaptation of the lively and challenging first movement of Children On the Playground for Solo Violin and Strings for two pianists sharing the same piano (called four hands).  It was premiered by the superb mother-daughter duo Rose Shlyam Grace and Eda Shlyam on July 5th, 2015 at the Timucua White House and later recorded for an upcoming release.

(Thank you Benoit Glazer for your endless generosity, engineering and video expertise)
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Eda Shylam

Russian-born pianist, Eda Shlyam, has led a distinguished performance career in both the former Soviet Union and USA as a soloist with leading symphony orchestras, chamber groups, collaborative artists, and as a television and radio artist.  She has been a frequent guest artist on the nationally broadcast “Morning ProMusica”, WBUR, and WGBH radio programs.  Her musical upbringing was influenced by a combination of great piano traditions, passed down by such teachers as Lubov Zalkind, Schnabel’s teaching assistant, Abram Shatzkes, Medtner’s pupil, and Nathan Perlman, pupil of Neuhaus and Nikolayev.  After having graduated with honors from the Leningrad State Conservatory, where Ms. Shlyam received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in music, she began a prominent teaching career with her first appointment as an Associate Professor of Piano at the Sverdlovsk State Conservatory.  After immigrating to the United States in 1979, she continued her teaching career with an appointment to the piano faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, from which she retired in 2012 with a title of Professor Emeritus for a distinguished career as a teacher and performer.

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Rose Shylam Grace

Eda’s daughter, Rose Shlyam Grace, is also Russian-born and has concertized throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber music recitalist. She has collaborated in duo and chamber music recitals with several distinguished artists. Miss Grace holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, an M.A. in Musicology from the University of Chicago, and a B.M. in Piano Performance and Musicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. From 2005-2010, Rose Shlyam Grace taught on the piano faculty in the High School Division at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp in Michigan. In 2005 and 2006, Miss Grace taught at the Eastman School of Music as a sabbatical replacement for professors Barry Snyder and Tony Caramia. In 2009, Miss Grace joined the faculty at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, where she currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Music. In the fall, 2012, Miss Grace joined Daytona State College as an adjunct professor of piano. In 2013, she was nominated to serve as the Vice President for Competitive Events on the state level for FSMTA. Since 2009, she holds the position as the Chair/Founder of the Music Outreach Program at BCU bringing music presentations to the Volusia County public schools. In 2013, Rose Shlyam Grace was presented with the B-CU Community Service Award for her outstanding work with the Music Outreach Program.In the summer of 2012, she was invited to coach and perform at the Castleman Quartet Program in upstate NY. During the past several years, Rose Shlyam Grace has been a featured artist at several music conferences, including the Rachmaninoff International Festival in Naples, FL, the National MTNA Conference in NYC, the National Flute Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the International Double Reed Conference in Norman, Oklahoma, and the Florida State Music Teachers Association Conferences. Many of Miss Grace’s contemporary collaborations have resulted in CD releases, the most recent being from Albany Records – “Vibrations of Hope: Music of the New Millennium”, featuring Rose Grace and friends in 2015.



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    Eric Leslie

    07 07 2009

    Great description on the power of technology at a eeasoned composers hand!
    I’ve been working with Felix Weber the last couple months, and he does some very genious stuff, in a very quick time frame!

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    Kevin Lay

    08 10 2009

    This is maybe a dumb question but is this for one piano four hands, or two pianos? Probably two pianos because of the overlap in registers? But you guys only have one piano at home for Joy and Bren. (OK there’s the the upright in another room…)

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