Concert Pianist

Teaching, Masterclasses, Lectures and Workshops

Teaching Philosophy

masterclassMark Salman endeavors to approach each student as an individual, taking into account different strengths and weaknesses, backgrounds, repertoire interests and psychologies. It is his philosophy to try to provide students with the technical and emotional means to realize their own individual musical conceptions, rather than impose an interpretation on them. This can range from small details of technique, hand position, fingering, tone production, balance, color and pedaling, to large scale discussions of the emotional world of the work, different structural or dramatic conceptions of the music, or its place in history or within the composer’s life.

For students who have reached a developmental plateau, either musical or technical, that has been difficult to surmount, he enjoys the challenge of working to solve the underlying issues that are hindering progress.

With his vast performing experience, he is particularly interested in coaching students in the art of performance, working on preparation, confidence and memory, as well as the psychology of performing, to enable them to perform with security and communicative freedom. In addition to on-going lessons, he is happy to offer single coaching sessions on specific repertoire or to address particular pianistic or interpretive questions.


Mark Salman teaches privately and at Seattle Conservatory, working with a small number of dedicated students from middle school age to adult. His students have been admitted to schools such as Juilliard, Curtis, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Rice, Northwestern, USC and the Colburn Academy.

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Mark Salman is available for masterclasses, independently or in conjunction with a recital or concerto appearance.

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Lectures and Workshops

Mark Salman is available for lectures and workshops on a wide variety of topics. He has recently given talks on "Chopin's Life and Personality as Reflected in his Music," "Chopin's Stylistic Evolution as Shown by his Mazurkas," "Franz Liszt, the Greatest Musical Life of the 19th Century," "Liszt's Late Works - Anticipating the 20th Century" and "Interpreting Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: Exploring the Balance Between the Intellectual and the Emotional." In 2016 he will present a series of lectures on each of the 32 Beethoven sonatas. Other areas of particular interest include the works of Schubert, Alkan, Brahms, Busoni and Ives as well as approaches to problem solving issues of piano technique, relaxation and tone production, and performance preparation and the psychology of successful performance, among other topics.

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