Allen Barker

On April 7, 2006, pianist Allen Barker talked with members of the Bernstein's Boston seminar about his experiences studying with Heinrich Gebhard.

In 1932, Leonard Bernstein had auditioned for Gebhard, who referred him to Helen Coates, his assistant for regular lessons. During his college years, however, Bernstein took lessons with Gebhard directly. Later in an essay called "My Teacher, Heinich Gebhard," Bernstein described "the gentle urging, the massive charm, the malice-free wit, and the overwhelming love for music (romantic as a young lover is romantic) that stamped each piano lesson I had with him as a major event." In this interview, Barker discusses his experiences with Gebhard, describing Gebhard's pedagogical style, musical preferences, and personality.

Allen Barker Interview - Audio7.08 MB
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