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Piano Lessons: The Life and Art of German Diez

December 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

$15

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Piano Lessons film poster German Diez sitting at a piano.

On Thursday, December 16, 2021 Greenwich House Music School will present the screening of the documentary Piano Lessons: The Life and Art of German Diez in partnership with Moving Garden LLC and the IFC Center.

 The screening will be held at the IFC Center* (323 6th Ave) at 3:30 PM. The movie will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Rachel Black, Director of the Greenwich House Music School, and with guests: Antongiulio Panizzi, movie director, co-author, and producer; Francesca Khalifa, movie co-writer and producer; Justin Kolb, American Liszt Society liaison; and B. C. Vermeersch, former Director of the Greenwich House Music School.

Piano Lessons is a feature-length documentary that explores the relationship between artist and mentor, and the value that this relationship has in artistic and personal development. The man and artist at the center of this story is Cuban pianist German Diez Nieto, a long-time student of the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau. Diez was a devoted teacher who nurtured generations of accomplished classical musicians who are now active in the American and international music scene. In sharing German’s untold and compelling story, Piano Lessons will unveil the roots of his legacy, a tradition of music-making that was passed down directly from the great composer, conductor, and teacher Franz Liszt.

Diez held positions as Professor at Bard College, Brooklyn College, SUNY Purchase, and as head of the Piano Department at the Greenwich House Music School for over 50 years. A majority of the proceeds of the screening will go towards the German Diez Scholarship Fund at Greenwich House Music School.

Can’t attend? Donate to the German Diez Scholarship fund by visiting our donate page and selecting the fund from the dropdown menu.

*As per New York City regulations, all attendees to the screening of the film Piano Lessons will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination along with a matching government-issued ID. You may provide proof by presenting your CDC vaccination card (or a photo of it), the NYC COVID Safe App, the NY State Excelsior App, or other official vaccination record. Additionally, guests will have to wear masks while inside the building, except while eating or drinking in their seats.

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