TUSCALOOSA (April 26, 2017) –
In the spring of 2017, just as the semester was coming to a close, the University of Alabama's Dr. Edischer Savitsky helped introduce the institution to the concept of high-resolution distance learning. Using a Disklavier on loan to the school, he performed and taught a masterclass from another Disklavier at Yamaha's Artist Services Salon in New York City via the Remote Lesson feature.
This event was a sort of homecoming for Dr. Savitski, who in 2007, was part of a then-experimental series of events using the earliest version of Remote Lesson on Disklavier. As the winner of the International Piano e-Competition, he had acquired a Disklavier Mark IV for his home in South Bend, Indiana, from which he performed a recital that was broadcast to New York City.
The April event represented the first time students at the university's School of Music had experienced this groundbreaking distance-learning technology that enables artists and educators to instruct students remotely.
Following the performance, Dr. Savitski, also a Yamaha Artist, conducted a remote master class with doctoral student Minwoo Park. Freely offering his words of wisdom over video chat, Dr. Savitski played back and forth with Mr. Park, in real time, making it seem as if the instructor and student are sitting on the same piano bench.
Savitski, who holds DMA degree from Michigan State University, has enjoyed critical acclaim throughout his career. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Pacific Symphony, among others, and has been performing at prestigious venues worldwide including Carnegie Zankel Hall and Carnegie Weill Hall, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; Great Hall of Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria; and Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy.