As readers of this blog will have noticed, I have been studying piano as time allowed with a wonderful man named Philip Charles Zahorsky. He has been leading me through the mysteries of the instrument and while I never expected to become a good pianist, I have noticed some improvement during the past year or two that I have been working with Dr. Zahorsky.
Unfortunately, our association has come to an abrupt end. Phil passed away last month, at the shockingly young age of fifty-nine. I will miss him intensely – he was a perfect teacher for me and he understood my difficulty in practicing due to my other commitments. He was also very skilled at finding pieces that were good fits for my skills and my desires. And we got one well. Perhaps it was his nature – I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone, or perhaps it as because we were both low brass players. But whatever the reason, we clicked.
So it was devastating for me to learn that Phil has passed on. With his passing, my piano studies too have come to a close. With Phil it was more like a conversation between two afficianados of music and I doubt I shall ever attain that with another teacher. Nor am I really interested in looking – my studies with Phil were always a hobby and now that he has gone, I don’t really have the desire to start all over with someone else. Perhaps if my son begins to study, I might do some work again, but for now, I think this chapter has come to a close.
So I’d like to dedicate this post to Phil’s memory. I only knew him for a couple of years, but in that short time, he became a real friend. Goodbye, Phil, and thanks for everything!