"All students have different physical and interpretive abilities. I try to find music for specific students. It's important to match the repertoire to the student."
Marc Peloquin began studying piano at age six after listening to his sister practice for her own piano lessons. "The sound of the instrument was always very appealing to me. I remember listening to recordings when I was very young and just being intrigued by the piano. I would go to all my sisters lessons even before I started studying myself."
As a teacher, Marc stresses the importance of building technique along with interpretation skills. "You have to have technique to play so I focus on that from the very beginning. Skills like finger strength, note-to-note movement of scales and arpeggios, and the use of the thumbs and wrists are essential to developing as a player. Interpretation is equally vital. I focus on developing a musical language for each piece with my students."
Marc teaches students of all ages, including adults. He tailors his teaching style to the individual and tries to find pieces for his students that match their interests and abilities. "All students have different physical and interpretive abilities. I try to find music for specific students. I don't think there are works everyone 'should' play. There might be pieces that can accomplish the same development that will match a student's personality better than others. Some students are more showy players and some are more sensitive. It's important to match the repertoire to the student."
Marc cites the influence of his teachers as quite important on him as both a performer and instructor. His first teacher, Cecile Belliveau, "was very strong and demanding. I really identified with her and lessons were always a special event. After studying with her, I began working with Darryl Rosenberg who is a very independent person which I think rubbed off on me, and helped me to find my individuality as a musician." Finally, Robert Goldsand, Nils Vigiland, and Marc Silverman, who Marc worked with at Manhattan School of Music, helped him develop as an artist and supported his interest in contemporary music.
As a performer, Marc places a strong emphasis on programming, often building recitals around a specific theme. Past concerts at Bloomingdale have included a program based on themes from Italian opera, musical exoticism, and modern American master composers. "Programming is extremely important. For me, as a non-composer, putting together a program is my way of composing. I believe it's important to play things in your career that mean something to you. It's important to be devoted to composers that you feel strongly about. It is always a goal for me to bring a piece to the point where the audience is communicating directly with the composer. That to me is a great performance." In addition to his solo performances, Marc performs often in collaboration with Bloomingdale faculty member Roberto Hidalgo as part of the piano duo "Split Second".