For this episode, I’m taking you, TPP friends and listeners, exclusively on a quick trip to NYC’s famous Lincoln Center, and more specifically, the backstage of the David H. Koch Theater — home to one of the most celebrated ballet companies in the world, New York City Ballet!

I was privileged to interview Dr. Alan Moverman, a New York City Ballet Piano Soloist. Throughout his 28-year career as a soloist for the ballet company and with their chamber group called “Moves,” he has performed concerti and solo repertoire in prominent concert venues worldwide. Mr. Moverman holds a master’s from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook University. He has been an artist-fellow at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

As a musician for dance, he has worked closely with the most celebrated choreographers, such as Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, and more. In the first half of this episode, we covered topics as follows:

  • 🩰 Skills uniquely required as a piano soloist for a major ballet company

  • 🩰 Incredible performance opportunities as a piano soloist at New York City Ballet.

  • 🩰 Differences between playing for dancers and collaborating with singers/instrumentalists. And more!

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