Lectures

Here you can find the lectures available in the video library

all recorded during PianoWebFest 2020

Special Pedagogical Panel

Pavlina Dokovska
Michal Tal

Recorded on AUGUST 22, 2020

The Student and Teacher in Us:

the Importance of the Art of Practicing

How to memorize Bach

Claudius Tanski

Recorded on AUGUST 18, 2020

Bach had been an architect of music and musical language like Michelangelo or Leonardo as constructors, painters or sculptors.

To get inside this plans of constructions it makes it easy - better less difficult - to memorize his music.

The a-minor Prelude, No.20 of the WTK II is a perfect example of how to understand the idea of a Bach composition and how therefore to play it without the score soon.

How Physiology and Physics Help Us Playing Piano

Cheng-Feng Hsieh

Broadcasted on AUGUST 19, 2020

Establishing correct playing opinions is very important, and it cannot depend on intuition alone. By using knowledge from sciences, such as Physiology and Physics, we can diagnose potential technical problems, as well as prevent possible injuries caused while practicing. More importantly, we can develop the habit of self-examination and searching for effective sounds during practice, and would greatly benefit from it.

Practicing!

Pascal Nemirovski

Recorded on AUGUST 20, 2020

This session, led by Pascal Nemirovski, is intended for young pianists and keen piano amateurs alike who need help with the organisation of their practice by identifying problematic areas, analyzing and solving difficulties rather than repetitive playing, aiding mental preparation for performance. 

Reciprocal influences in Russian and Polish music: the mazurkas of Chopin, Scriabin and Szymanowski

Michael Wladkowski

Recorded on AUGUST 21, 2020

The well known influence of Chopin on Scriabin is an accepted but misunderstood fact. Less well known is the influence of Scriabin on the music of Szymanowski. Studying the mazurkas of these three composers which are masterpieces of piano literature we can penetrate the creative process of these three masters.

Time in music

Florence Millet

Recorded on AUGUST 21, 2020

We will focus on the Perception of silences in Beethoven sonatas Pathétique, Op. 57 and op 111 Then explore restless music and repetitive music. Finally we will speak about the decision of tempo.

Solving Technical Complexities at the Keyboard

Guest Lecturer: 
Sondra Tammam

Recorded on AUGUST 23, 2020

Advanced students bring a passage or section spontaneously and Sondra Tammam gives solutions for the difficult spot.

Playing Chopin’s G Minor Ballade

Michael Lewin

Recorded on AUGUST 24, 2020

A detailed performance lecture with analysis and discussion will be given by Michael Lewin, focused on how to give a successful performance and gain a thorough understanding of this popular masterpiece.

Becoming a complete musician: listening and practicing with the heart

Inna Faliks

Recorded on AUGUST 24, 2020

There is a prevalent trend, when studying the piano at a high level, to separate the essence of music - its character, and the passion and imagination required to play it - from the technical and physical aspect of practicing. Mindless, disconnected repetition creates only harm; while it may increase dexterity, it decreases sensitivity and musical awareness. In this conversation, concert artist and UCLA head of piano Inna Faliks discusses the importance of engaging the mind, heart and imagination during daily work.

Role of Imagination in Musical Performance

Inesa Sinkevych

Recorded on AUGUST 24, 2020

In the presentation I will cover the subject of how imagination affects piano performance and practicing routine. I will attempt to touch the pedagogical aspects of how to transfer a fantasy into technical means and create a greater variety of color, touch, and sound. In addition, I will explain why a creative approach is much more effective in achieving artistic interpretation than mechanical practicing. I will discuss how to develop and use imagination in teaching young children, as well as older students, and how to apply fantasy in one’s own practicing. Lastly, I will talk about programmatic and non programmatic music, and what difference it makes in finding the right image.

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