Musical Weekend with Peter Mack

 Musical Weekend with Peter Mack

Lecture: “Lower the Rear End of the Elephant Slowly onto the Keys”

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Anna Poklewsky Academy of Music
39660 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, Ca 94539

Open to MTAC-SACB teachers and their students.
Only a few seats left! Please register for event using the form at the bottom of this page.

Lecture Description

Our job as teachers is simple: know what to tell them, and try to do it in a way that they will remember. In this talk Peter Mack shares some of his most memorable metaphors that help students technically, artistically, and intellectually. Find out exactly how the hippopotamus helps you count, when the little fishies swim in the Sea of Chopin, and why the roof of the handy hen house had better not collapse!


*This event has reached full capacity and is now CLOSED for registration.

Sunday, October 7th, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Anna Poklewsky Academy of Music
39660 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, Ca 94539

Open to MTAC-SACB teachers and their students.

Masterclass Details

Teachers can sign up their level 7 and up students to perform in the masterclass by emailing Olya Katsman at  Please include the student’s age and level, title of piece and duration of piece. Masterclass is limited to 5 students.  Decision will be based on the order of emails received as well as providing a balanced program of repertoire.

Teachers will be notified of acceptance by September 26th, 2018.

The fee is $45 per selected student.


Lecturer Bio:

photo credit: Michelle Smith-Lewis

Irish pianist Peter Mack is in great demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, adjudicator, and teacher.  Celebrated for his moving playing, and his easy rapport with audiences, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union.  He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano.  Naturally, he is a Steinway artist!

Peter Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-six concertos with orchestras.  A choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and a fellow of Trinity College London, he has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Washington.  His principal teachers were Frank Heneghan, and Bela Siki.

In 2013, Dr. Mack received the extraordinary honor of being asked to deliver both the Advanced Piano Masterclass at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual convention in California, and the Masterclass for MTNA Winners at the biennial National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) in Illinois.  His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.  He is the proud teacher of twenty MTNA national finalists, and three MTNA national first place winners.  Dr. Mack is Professor of Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

“Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents.  He has perfect piano hands, his technique is all but infallible, he has boundless temperament, style and taste, and above all, he communicates directly….  In all capacities he is indefatigable….”

–Los Angeles Times

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