"Mr. D loved music with a childlike and contagious sense of wonder. In his teaching, he followed his intuition and simply taught what he heard and felt naturally. I can still see him holding out his hand arrestingly and exclaiming, ‘Like a great singer.'
His flawless ears told him what to do and how to do it. As a performer, he was deeply memorable, especially in Mozart. His simplicity, directness and wisdom in the sonatas could leave no listener dry-eyed. He related to the music so strongly that each time he played, it felt as if he told an inevitable truth.
Mr. D gave a solid training and a love for music to so many. He also gave teenagers a clear and exact sense of purpose during the most difficult years of growing up. There was a linear inexorability to them. Nothing could distract from the discipline and firmness of being a Mr. D. student. Practice something for 8 hours, and if you could not play it before, you will be able to play it now. Give something a year to marinate, and it will come out on stage, as if born anew, time after time. ‘Just think about the music’ he said to us. And, thanks to him, so many of us have dedicated our lives to music."
-Inna Faliks, Faculty, UCLA