Soldan & Mellersh
About the Authors: Robin Soldan and Jeanie Mellersh
Robin Soldan is one of Britain’s leading flute teachers and has taught many of the best flute students in the UK. He is also a wonderful player, noted for his lovely tone and immense knowledge.
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music in London, he worked as a flute teacher and performer for several education authorities in the UK. He is now a freelance player and teacher, travelling extensively to take master classes, give recitals and organize flute events. He has been the senior flute teacher at four specialist music courses Including the Wells Cathedral School and Peter Symonds College in Winchester, and he was the Head of Woodwind at Southampton University.
He organized the annual Flute Teachers’ Course for many years on behalf of the British Flute Society, and he is the author of a number of other recent books on flute technique - Flute Fingers (PEM) and Fit Fluteplaying. These are available from Jonathan Myall Music. Robin's 60 strong flute orchestra “Flautissimo” as well as a number of other flute ensembles have regularly appeared at the School Proms on TV and have collected many awards.
Jeanie Mellersh is an extremely talented artist, noted for the subtlety of her drawing. Jeanie studied at Liverpool College of Art where she won the City Scholarship to study in Italy.
Her talent for flute illustrations was discovered when James Galway was shown her sketchbook, and she went on to provide the instructional illustrations for his book “Flute”.
In “Illustrated Fluteplaying” she has gone very much further. Together with her flute teacher Robin Soldan, she has succeeded in illustrating aspects of flute playing that have never before appeared in print.
Jeanie has recently illustrated two books for parents of special needs children, Stepping out, and Small Steps Forward. The first of these won the BMA award for the Popular Science Book of the year.
A wonderful team
Working together Robin and Jeanie made a wonderful team. Robin brought great skills and talent as a player, years of teaching experience, and a great sense of humour. More importantly he is among the very few players who have analysed exactly how they achieves certain effects with the flute. Jeanie brought an exceptional drawing talent, a deep knowledge of human anatomy, and the ability to share Robin's humour and capture it as cartoons on the page. Most of all, she brought a determination that every one of instructional drawings should be correct down to the nearest millimetre. This team made “Illustrated Fluteplaying” a huge success.
|Illustrated Fluteplaying (2nd Edition)