Accomplished classical pianist publishes collection of stories, essays and interviews

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“Reflections of a Pianist/Teacher” by Donald Isler

The essays in the book contain accounts of my experiences, as well as stories of my relationships with brilliant musicians I studied with and what I learned. It is designed to inform and entertain anyone interested in classical music, piano, teaching and great musicianship.

New York-based teacher and musician-turned-author Donald Isler has compiled an intriguing collection of stories, essays, and interviews designed to inform and entertain readers with even a little interest in classical music.

The first part of the book includes 35 essays which are a mix of serious and funny anecdotes combined with articles on great musicians heard, known personally or with whom Isler studied.

The 31 interviews that make up Part Two include in-depth conversations with great pianists of the older generation, several child prodigies and many distinguished musicians in between, as well as two acclaimed radio personalities, an impresario who has dedicated her life to develop the careers of important musicians and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the sex therapist, who talks about the music in her life.

“I’ve been a musician all my life, mostly a pianist and a teacher,” Isler says. “I gave many concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, then I founded a record company. The essays in the book contain accounts of my experiences, as well as stories of my relationships with brilliant musicians I studied with and what I learned. It is designed to inform and entertain anyone interested in classical music, piano, teaching and great musicianship.

“Reflections of a Pianist/Teacher: A Collection of Essays and Interviews”

By Donald Isler

ISBN: 9781663234308 (softcover) 9781663234315 (ebook)

Available at iUniverse, Amazon and Barnes & Nobles

About the Author

Isler is a lifelong New Yorker and a graduate of the prestigious High School of Music and Art as well as the Manhattan School of Music. He has a deep love of classical music that he hopes to share with readers, as well as the idea that “classical music is very human, and not a snobby, elitist thing.”

To learn more, please visit http://www.facebook.com/islersinsights.

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