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Author of the highly acclaimed book The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart, pianist Madeline Bruser helps students of all levels transcend their current level of performance by releasing physical and mental tension and unleashing their innate musical talent. Drawing on physiological, meditative, and musical principles, she presents practical techniques for cultivating free and natural movement, heightened sensory awareness, rhythmic vitality, and mental relaxation. She thus guides both aspiring and professional players toward discovering their true virtuosic capabilities and fulfilling their deepest expressive potential.

Biography

Ms. Bruser has performed as soloist with the San Francisco and Denver Symphony Orchestras. She has conducted seminars and workshops at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Southern California, the Music Academy of the West, the MedArt World Congress on Arts and Medicine, and college music departments and music teachers' organizations throughout the United States and Canada. She also appeared on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" in an interview and piano lesson broadcast in 200 cities.

Ms. Bruser's book, The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart has sold over 60,000 copies since its publication in 1997. It was also published in Korean in 2000 and in Chinese in 2005. She has retrained pianists with practice-related injuries since 1985, and from 2001 to 2003 she served on the Committee for Pianists' Wellness for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Her research on the physiological mechanics of piano playing has included interviews with leading arts medicine professionals specializing in physiatrics, physical therapy, and hand therapy, as well as with teachers of the Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, and Laban Movement Analysis.

Ms. Bruser won First Prize in the Denver Symphony North American Young Artists Competition and was a prizewinner in the First National Chopin Competition. She also received the Alfred Hertz Award for Music from the University of California in two consecutive years. She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Recital Hall and at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and has performed on radio in the U.S. and Europe. She studied with Alexander Libermann, Menahem Pressler, Irwin Freundlich, John Crown, Jeanne Stark-Iochmans, and Paul Hersh. Ms. Bruser graduated from the Juilliard School in 1970 and received a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1978.

An authorized meditation instructor, Ms. Bruser leads the annual Meditation for Musicians retreat in Vermont—a weeklong summer program integrating meditation practice with music workshops applying principles of body mechanics, meditative listening, and relaxation.

Ms. Bruser has served on the Adjunct Piano Faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University.

 
Studio Location
801 West End Avenue, at 99th Street
New York City
(Upper West Side, Manhattan)
 
Phone
(212) 678-9215
 
 
Website
www.artofpracticing.com