Yuja Wang’s master class debut

As many will know, I enjoy highlighting master classes. Public ‘lessons’ can be beneficial and interesting for many reasons, whether for teachers, students or anyone who loves the piano. Most of those previously featured here on my blog have been given by pedagogues or more ‘mature’ artists, but the following videos offer something different; a…

A master class with Garrick Ohlsson

I’ve been working in Germany over the weekend, tutoring a bilingual piano workshop near Düsseldorf, so I thought it appropriate to highlight a master class today. Gelsenkirchen is a city in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany, and I’ve been visiting a couple of times a year since 2014, providing free piano classes to those…

A master class with Andrei Gavrilov

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. As we say goodbye to 2015, I’m posting this master class given by Russian pianist Andrei Gavrilov. I interviewed Gavrilov in 2013 and his interview is one of the most fascinating of all my 40 filmed interviews with eminent classical pianists. This master class was recorded in…

A Master class with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Today’s post highlights an interesting chamber music master class given by French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. It was recorded live from the Daniel & Joanna S. Rose Studio at the Lincoln Center in New York on October 19th, 2015, and has been published by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The class features students from…

A master class with Jerome Lowenthal

Today’s post features a master class which I hope will be of interest. Jerome Lowenthal is an American classical pianist and noted pedagogue. He is a member of the piano faculty at the Juilliard School in New York, where he was also chair of the piano department. Additionally, he is on the faculty at Music…

A Master Class with Leon Fleisher

I’m off to Germany today for a weekend of piano workshops, so thought it appropriate for my Friday post to feature this master class given by the late American pianist, conductor and master teacher Leon Fleisher. It was recorded at the Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival. After becoming the first American to win…

Bilingual Piano Workshops in Germany

I enjoyed another wonderful time in Germany over the weekend, and love being part of a bilingual piano project, organised by singer Kery Felske, and supported by the IKM Gelsenkirchen, which is situated in the Ruhr region. The workshop concept is becoming increasingly popular, with classes running all day on Saturday and Sunday. Young (and…

Master Classes in Gelsenkirchen

I had the pleasure of giving master classes and workshops recently in Germany. The town of Gelsenkirchen, which is around a forty minute drive from Düsseldorf, provided the backdrop for a weekend of intensive piano playing. Seven students had signed up for coaching over a period of two days which culminated in a little concert…

The Importance of Master Classes

It was a delight to be invited to give a master class for EPTA (the European Piano Teacher’s Association) in Brighton last Sunday. The special event entitled  ‘Young Pianists’ Performance Day’ was the first of its kind, and was superbly organised by pianist and teacher, Helen Anahita Wilson, who holds the Regional Chair for EPTA….

A Master Class with Andrei Gavrilov

Master class opportunities are usually plentiful and they can be useful on many levels, but coaching sessions with outstanding artists are indeed rare, especially those encouraging the inclusion of pianists who essentially play for their own pleasure. Andrei Gavrilov is a pianist of the highest calibre, with a once stratospheric career. This week he has…