Piano masterclass

Course Dates: 07/12/23 - 14/12/23
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: Keeley Street
An intensive masterclass for pianists at Grade 8 standard and above, comprising two three-hour sessions. This insightful class will address issues of interpretation and style as well as dealing with technique.
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  • Course Code: ME263
  • Dates: 07/12/23 - 14/12/23
  • Time: 18:30 - 21:30
  • Taught: Thu, Evening
  • Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Karl Lutchmayer

Course Code: ME263

Started Thu, eve, 07 Dec - 14 Dec '23

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is a practical masterclass to explore repertoire and examine interpretation. It aims to help you see the music within its larger historic/stylistic concept while at the same time helping you to focus on particular details to achieve your best performance.
The class is limited to 8 performers who will play a 20 minute session each on both evenings. Please consider these time constraints when choosing your repertoire as you may wish to present just short section of a piece to allow time to work on it with the tutor.

What will we cover?

Please prepare two pieces to bring to the class (you will be timetabled to play one piece each evening). Please let the music office know your choices by 29th November 2019 so that we can inform all students of the repertoire in advance of the first session. You may wish to bring study-scores to follow your classmate’s repertoire. Email: music@citylit.ac.uk.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Make informed expressive decisions about issues such as pedalling, articulation, phrasing and realise them in your playing
- Understand how to interpret notational/editorial ambiguities in the context of the style and period
- respond to constructive critique.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You must play to a minimum standard of Grade 8, and be able to respond quickly to the suggestions of the tutor.
You need to be able to follow written and verbal instruction in English and engage in class discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Individual performances and tuition masterclass-style, including tutor demonstration and group listening/discussion.
You need to prepare your piece well beforehand, but you are not expected to play from memory.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring along 2 copies of the music you are playing. Please inform the music office of the repertoire you intend to play by 20th November 2023 - music@citylit.ac.uk.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

If you are not already receiving regular piano tuition, you may be interested in enrolling on one of City Lit's Piano Workshops (contact the music department for advice to determine which level is suitable).

Karl Lutchmayer

I have spent my professional career balancing performing as a concert pianist with teaching academic music courses. I was formerly a lecturer at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, but have found that I enjoy teaching non-professionals far more, so a great deal of my work over the last three years has been with adult amateurs and the general public. Born to Indian parents (the name is a long story, but I and my forbears are Indian as far as records go back!), I now also spend a few months each year in India working with teachers and advanced students with the aim, ultimately, of opening India's first conservatoire. My research work has largely been in the area of 19th and 20th century performing practice, although for the last three years I have been investigating approaches to performance creativity, first at New College, Oxford, and now at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. In my spare time you may occasionally me performing as a founder member of the prog rock band, The Connoisseur.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.