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Dichter Duo Delights with Skilful Dexterity and Charm, by Chelsea C. Stith

Polished ensemble, unusual repertoire, and charming rapport — do you like the sound of that? If so, this piano ensemble enthusiast hopes you were able to make it to the Dichter Duo's concert this past weekend. The Juilliard-trained husband-and-wife team presented a delightful program of some oft'-overlooked repertoire for two pianos. The pair's collaboration was remarkable, and their impeccable ensemble did not prevent the artists from expressing their own individuality. Read More:


San Francisco Classical Voice, "Misha Dichter Rides Again"

In late 2006, Misha Dichter was visiting his wife’s family in Rio when he sat down at the piano to practice Brahms’ Ballade in D Minor, Op. 10. A simple chord in the second measure stopped him cold. The renowned pianist couldn’t stretch the fingers on his right hand to make the interval of a major sixth. He panicked.

“I have big hands. Normally I can stretch a twelfth,” says Dichter, whose mastery of some of the most demanding pieces in the piano repertoire — including the virtuoso works of Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov — fueled his international reputation. When he couldn’t play that easy chord, he knew something was seriously wrong.

Dichter was diagnosed with Dupuytren’s contracture, a disease that causes the connective tissue under the palm of the hand to contract and thicken, bending the fingers inward. He was all too familiar with it. His father suffered from the ailment, which is largely hereditary, and had two bungled surgeries that left his fingers badly contorted. Because of that painful memory, Dichter resisted surgery — until he came to the conclusion that if he wanted to keep playing, he would have to go under the knife.  Read More :


SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle, "Pianist Misha Dichter to perform at Stanford"

Today, Misha Dichter calls himself the happiest pianist in the world. But only three years ago, Dichter, who will perform Wednesday at Stanford University, said he had "zero hope" for his career. Faced with a debilitating hand condition, he was afraid he might never play again. Read More:


The Boston Musical Intelligencer,"Piano Master Misha Dichter Astounds at Boston Conservatory"

The matchless earthborn voice of Misha Dichter astounded an audience at Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall, Tuesday, October 13. It was a welcome if not bold opening of the 2009 Piano Masters Series.

Dichter’s is a voice that resonates through fields of rich earthly tones, a voice shaped like those infinitely sized and often highly polished masses of rock properly called “boulders.” And just as it is known how boulders are carried away from their parent rock by natural forces, so, too, was it made known during the evening how, through the remarkable innate abilities of pianist Misha Dichter, the master compositions of Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and Liszt were carried away from their parent creators — and brought to us, some 200 very lucky listeners in attendance, most of us finding ourselves deeply moved. Read More:, "The ballad of a happy pianist"

Misha Dichter’s journey through purgatory began with a small dimple on the palm of his right hand, which he discovered in 2005. “I noticed it and thought, hmm, it’s a little hard in there,’’ he says by phone from his New York home. Dichter is a pianist who has the technical prowess to allow him to bring off some of the repertoire’s most taxing works - Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky - with relative ease, thanks in part to a pair of large hands. Gradually, though, he began wondering why passages that used to come so easily were now “feeling a little funny.’’ Read More: