This chart shows a genealogy of piano teachers for Howard Richman, rooting back to Beethoven. Master teachers of both the German School and Russian School are represented. It essentially is an ancestry or lineage chart showing who Howard Richman studied piano with and who those teachers studied with.
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds.
Giovanni Battista Martini (Padre Martini), Florian Leopold Gassmann, Antonio Salieri, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Carl Czerny, Theodor Leschetizky, Franz Liszt, Sir Donald Tovey, Ernest Hutcheson, Artur Schnabel, Bruno Seidlhofer, James Friskin, Sergei Tarnowsky, Rosina Lhevinne, Olga Samaroff (Lucy Hickenlooper), Silvio Scionti, Howard Wells, Felix Salmond, Dieter Weber, Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn, Brooks Smith, Jack Roberts, Mr. Puddicombe, Eugene List, Adela Gebr, Aube Tzerko, Leonid Hambro, Steven Gordon, Johana Harris, Carey Lewis, Edward Auer, Nadya Cataldo