The Art of Instrumental Accompanying:
A Practical Guide for the Collaborative Pianist
by Heasook Rhee
Published by Carl Fischer
The wonderful playing of the pianist H. Rhee is not only based on intuition, but on a deep knowledge of the subject. This
book should make things much clearer for any interested musician.”
Marcio Carneiro, Professor of cello, Conservatoire Supérieur Lausanne, Switzerland, & Musikhochschule Detmold,
Germany. 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition laureate.
“In this book, Heasook Rhee, a wonderful, dedicated musician shares her love of music, commitment as a teacher, musical
integrity, wisdom and personal experience as a collaborative pianist. Highly recommended for the younger generation!”
Kyung Wha Chung, legendary violinist, professor of violin, Juilliard School.
“Intelligent, clear and heartfelt writing together with well chosen musical examples and straightforward commentary make this
text essential for the serious collaborative pianist. This is a wonderful addition to any musician’s library.”
John Forconi, Chair of the Accompanying Department at Manhattan School of Music, collaborative pianist and chamber
“Heasook Rhee, long a noted and superb performing ensemble pianist and pedagogue, has honored her profession and
those of us in it with the creation of this, the most comprehensive book on the how-to of instrumental collaboration ever
written. This is the book you will always want by your side, to recommend to your students, and from which to quote. For
those who have no teacher, you have the best among them now! Ms. Rhee's articulate explanations and ideas will prod your
every practice and ensemble experience. What a gift to us all! Thank you, Heasook. BRAVA!”
Margo Garrett, Collaborative Pianist, Professor (& former Chair) of Collaborative Piano Department, The Juilliard School
“Having had the pleasure of working and performing with Heasook Rhee, I can confirm from my own experience how well
she practises what she preaches. This wise, warm, practical and sensitive vade mecum outlines what it takes to be a truly
musical partner. The result is a clear, concise roadmap towards that greatest joy for any musician: making music together.”
Karine Georgian, Professor of cello, RNCM, Manchester, England, & Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany. 1966
Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal winner.
"A most fascinating, comprehensive guide to Instrumental Accompanying,
written by one of the acknowledged masters of the subject. Ms. Rhee has included many pertinent remarks, quotations, and
examples of every aspect of the art of collaboration--and I recommend the book wholeheartedly. It will be an invaluable
addition to your professional and personal library!"
Warren Jones, Pianist and Conductor, Faculty, Manhattan School of Music & The Music Academy of the West
“In this wonderfully useful and insightful book, Heasook Rhee has succeeded in addressing all the truly important aspects of
the accompanist's art. From the pragmatic, nuts and bolts issues that appear simple and obvious but rarely are, to the elusive
elements that contribute to an artistic interpretation, the reader is in the secure hands of a gifted performer and highly
Robert McDonald, Piano Faculty, The Juilliard School & Penelope P. Watkins Chair in Piano Studies, The Curtis Institute
“Heasook Rhee, my duo partner for numerous concerts over many years has brought her musical gift, musicianship and
pedagogical experience together in this book. It provides an invaluable, detailed guide for young musicians to discover the
beauty of duo playing.”
Tilmann Wick, Professor of Cello, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Germany.