Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released by Shanghai Press in a new translation. Professor Beiwha Tang of the Shanghai Conservatory has translated the book into Chinese (simplified characters).
The book, originally published in 2001 by Yale University Press, had previously been translated into Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese (traditional characters).
Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, draws on Berman’s experience as a concert pianist and educator to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation.
Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, Berman also offers insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and pedagogy.
A member of Yale School of Music faculty since 1984, Berman is the author of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas, published by Yale University Press in 2008. In 2011, he published a bilingual (English-Chinese) edition of the composer’s complete piano sonatas (Shanghai Press).