The 13-year-old in the photo receiving an important award from his famous older colleague is HARVEY FELDMAN, now our honored fellow professional and friend in the Monroe/Northampton Counties region. Harvey’s home for many years has been in Pocono Pines, where he maintains a piano studio and serves as a leader in the musical community.

I first encountered Harvey through Merle Turitz of RSVP and at one of our Cohen Hall events—to which Harvey brought a vibrant and talented contingent of his piano students. An equal pleasure for me more recently was attending his annual student recital. To my surprise, every student from the youngest beginners to the most advanced students played with beautiful sound and superb phrasing. Clearly, they had been studying with a masterful musician.

Harvey’s credentials include both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Music Degrees from Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University. He is also a well-known bassoonist formerly with the New Jersey Symphony, Quintet of the Americas managed by Columbia Artists and not least of all numerous Broadway musicals and tours. But it is Harvey’s pianism, which incidentally has been nurtured by some of the most prominent teachers in the U.S., that most benefits us locally.

You’ll see Harvey at a future L’ARCHET event, so please introduce yourselves to him if I’m not around to do so. If you are lucky, you will hear him personally perform Ravel or Brahms. Congratulations to all of us—

Donald Dal Maso

You can find more information on Harvey's website.