Her passion for helping young pianists across the world inspired her involvement in education, and she integrates new technology including the Disklavier in her teaching. Conti approaches keyboard pedagogy by teaching how to play the piano while always discussing the work itself and its historical context. Her extensive career as a solo piano artist has helped craft a practical, hands-on approach for students.
Referencing her own performance experience, Conti tells students that to succeed as a solo pianist they must be ready to perform at any moment. Her main priority is helping students achieve technical proficiency and better interpretative skills while observing a strict approach to the composers' instructions.
When speaking to educators, Conti describes the piano as a centuries-old friend who's been there through the happy and nostalgic moments, always filling us with emotion. Understanding the importance of keyboard pedagogy for the future of music education, she says, "Scientifically speaking, learning the piano — and music in general — helps to develop the parts of the child's brain that pertain to the functions of coordination, speed and sensitivity, thus speeding up the learning process."
Conti's understanding of community and the need for a support system is ingrained into her work with educators and students alike. "Always be grateful to those who helped you start your life and career," she says. "We cannot do this alone. We need each other. The solo pianist needs family, friends, sponsors, teachers, an audience. We become successful because of all the help and support we received throughout our life. We must be always grateful for that."
Conti speaks from personal experience to prepare students for the journey ahead, thankful for her "thoughtful and supportive" husband who understood the sacrifices and struggles that can accompany a successful performance career.
Photo by Grendel Foto, Argentina