Piano masterclass

Course Dates: 02/08/22 - 09/08/22
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: Keeley Street
Approach core piano repertoire through the prism of the Russian piano tradition, gaining insight into its principles of
rubato, 'sound', chord techniques, pedalling, and the 'artistic image' of a piece.
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Course Code: ME263D

Tue, eve, 02 Aug - 09 Aug '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course allows advanced piano students to look at approaches to the core piano repertoire through the prism of ideas from the famous Russian Piano Tradition and offer an insight into many of its key principles. The course is based on the teachings and playing of Heinrich Neuhaus (whose most famous students include Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Lev Naumov and Alexei Lubimov), and that of his older colleague Alexander Goldenweiser (whose students included Tatyana Nikolaeva, Lazar Berman and Dmitri Bashkirov).

What will we cover?

- formation of an ‘artistic image’ of the piece
- ‘intonation’ of rubato
- attitudes to sound / tone colour
- chord techniques
- pedalling.

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

- deepen your awareness and appreciation of the scope of the Russian piano tradition
- transfer practical ideas from the tradition into your own practice and performance.

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

This course is for pianists at Grade 6 level and above. You will need to have prepared a work or short pieces by J.S. Bach, Beethoven or Romantics composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg or Rachmaninov.

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

- This course is taught masterclass-style, with a maximum of 12 students in the class.
- Each student will perform their prepared repertoire and receive detailed critique from the tutor, working to refine details of technique and interpretation.
- All students will be invited to comment on each others' performances and to discuss the musical and technical issues raised by the repertoire studied.
- It is expected that you will practise between sessions, to work on the points raised in class to achieve a more refined performance. The tutor may suggest additional listening, reading or score study to enhance your learning.

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

- Please bring a spare hard copy of your prepared repertoire
- you may also wish to bring a notebook and pencil.

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

City lit offers two main options for advanced pianists: Piano repertoire and Piano: advanced workshop in September.
You may also be interested in keyboard harmony or music theory courses. There is also more information on our blog Choosing a piano class at City Lit or you can contact the department on music@citylit.ac.uk

NB: multiple dates are available for Repertoire and Advanced course, so please check all options carefully before you book.

You may also be interested in Chamber music, Music theory, Composition techniques, Studies in counterpoint, or one of our wide range of music appreciation courses.

Maria Razumovskaya

Maria Razumovskaya received her pianistic training with Rustem Hayroudinoff at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with Distinction and several prizes. She furthered her studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev as an AHRC doctoral scholar at the Royal College of Music. Maria combines intellectual integrity with an intensely emotional performance style. She has performed extensively in the UK and continental Europe, and her live radio broadcasts include ‘BBC Introducing‘ and the BBC ‘In Tune' series. Her debut CD, Liszt B Minor Piano Sonata and Other Works (Malachite), was shortlisted for the Liszt Disque Grand Prix. Further recordings include works of Busoni, Liszt, CPE Bach and Rachmaninov. She has published a monograph on pianist and pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus (Boydell & Brewer), book chapters, and articles for academic and general periodicals including BBC Music, International Piano, and Pianist. She teaches at City Lit and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is guest faculty at several international music academies and festivals, and is a Steinway Artist.

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.