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for ages 18+ / Grade 8+

Introduction

The piano summer school has been attracting students from across the world for several years. You can expect a busy schedule which will include one-to-one lessons, masterclasses with visiting artists, ensemble workshops and a final performance sharing.

Students on this course will benefit from using the Royal Conservatoire’s training and performance facilities, including a fleet of new pianos, wonderful concert venues and a state of the art recording studio. The combination of the teaching staff and the facilities makes this an attractive and inspiring piano summer school for any student wishing to improve their technique, work on their repertoire and have ample opportunities to perform.

Please note: for those under 18 years old and playing to Grade 8 standard, you may be interested in our Scottish International Youth Piano Competition Summer School.

 

Introduction

The piano summer school has been attracting students from across the world for several years. You can expect a busy schedule which will include one-to-one lessons, masterclasses with visiting artists, ensemble workshops and a final performance sharing.

Students on this course will benefit from using the Royal Conservatoire’s training and performance facilities, including a fleet of new pianos, wonderful concert venues and a state of the art recording studio. The combination of the teaching staff and the facilities makes this an attractive and inspiring piano summer school for any student wishing to improve their technique, work on their repertoire and have ample opportunities to perform.

Please note: for those under 18 years old and playing to Grade 8 standard, you may be interested in our Scottish International Youth Piano Competition Summer School.

 

Course outline

Throughout the five day summer school students can expect:

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance classes
  • Improvisation workshops
  • Recording sessions

Students will also learn about:

  • Performance technique
  • Alexander technique
  • Practice methods

At the end of the week there will also be an opportunity to perform for friends and family.

Financial Support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

How to apply for Agnes Allan Bursary

Your bursary application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course. You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application.

Please complete the online bursary application form.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website

For 2016 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Indicative schedule

Please note this is an example schedule and may be liable to change.

Monday

  • Welcome
  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance class
  • Seminar on technique
  • Welcome reception

Tuesday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance classes
  • Alexander Technique
  • Recording session
  • Social event

Wednesday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Recording session
  • Alexander Technique
  • Performance class
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Concert

Thursday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Performance class
  • Seminar on effective practice methods
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Concert

Friday

  • 1:1 lessons
  • Alexander Technique
  • Performance Class
  • Sharing for friends and family

Entry requirements

Students will be required to submit a recording for consideration by the Course Leader in advance of being accepted to the summer school (DVD, You Tube private link or mp3).

Please record and send a solo piece which you feel comfortably demonstrates your strengths as a pianist.

Recordings can be uploaded to your online application form as a private YouTube link or mp3. This can be done using your mobile phone, tablet or any hand held recording device. No need to worry about recording quality, it is to access whether this course is best suited to your current level.

We would anticipate that students playing at Grade 8 standard and above will benefit most from participation in these summer schools.

We welcome both keen amateur players and specialist music students from schools and conservatoires around the world to join us for this intensive study in Glasgow.

Students must notify us of the repertoire intended for study in advance of the summer school.

Preparing for your course

Students must have contrasting repertoire prepared to a reasonably high level of performance.

At a glance...

Piano 10am - 5pm 20170728 505 Application Deadline: 20170623

Offers

Booking more than one course?

Save money when booking more than one course. We offer tuition fee reductions when you book more than one course – contact us at shortcourses@rcs.ac.uk for more information.

How to apply

Please note a deposit of 25% of the total tuition fee will be required upon application to this course, this deposit will be refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful. Payment of the 75% balance of the tuition fee is payable once applicants have been notified that they have been successful in their application to the course and have been sent the second-stage booking link.

Who is this course for?

This summer school provides opportunities for experienced students, professionals or advanced amateurs to study and refine repertoire in preparation for concerts, competitions or for personal development.

By the end of the summer school, you will have:

  • developed and refined your piano technique
  • worked on challenging repertoire
  • enhanced your experience of studio recording
  • been introduced to dance forms in classical music
  • explored improvisation technique

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • pianists playing at approximately Grade 8 and above
  • pianists considering or currently studying at conservatoire level
  • professionals or advanced amateurs looking to study intensively and refine their repertoire

Teaching staff

Fali Pavri

Fali Pavri

http://falipavri.com/

Fali Pavri enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Mumbai, India, where his first teacher was Shanti Seldon, he studied the piano at the Moscow Conservatoire with Professor Victor Merzhanov and at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Christopher Elton.

While still a student, he was invited by the great Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovitch to be his pianist on an extensive concert tour of India. This was followed by his London debut at the Purcell Room and concerts in prestigious venues around the world. He has performed and collaborated with many eminent musicians including the Vertavo quartet, the Leopold Trio, Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Ensemble, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, cellist Franz Helmerson, singers Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore and composer Mauricio Kagel.

Some concert highlights include concertos at the St. Endellion Festival with Richard Hickox and at the Scottish Proms with the RSNO, Wigmore Hall concerts with cellists Wolfgang Schmidt and Tim Gill, a recital tour of S.Africa with his wife, the cellist, Naomi Pavri and performances at many music festivals including Sangat in India, Langvad in Denmark and Cheltenham and Leamington-Spa in the UK. In June 2009 Fali gave the world premiere of ‘In Memoriam’, a powerful new piece for piano and percussion by the Serbian-American composer Vera Stanojevic. This led to an invitation to be the guest artist at the the 2013 Society of Composers, Incorporated, National Conference in Colombus, Ohio performing three new works by American composers.

Recent CD releases include two discs of Swiss Piano Concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. With the cellist Timothy Gill, he has recorded two critically acclaimed discs, including world premieres of works by the Indian composer, John Mayer. In 2009 he recorded the song cycle ‘Black Sea’ by the British composer Anthony Bolton, with the tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson. With the cellist Robert Irvine, he has recorded the music of Giles Swayne and of William Sweeney, both for the Delphian label. His CD featuring the music of the Swiss composer Volkmar Andreae was awarded the coveted ‘IRR Outstanding’ accolade by the International Record Review.

Radio broadcasts include regular appearances on BBC Radio 3, where he has played some unusual and challenging repertoire including the Sinding Piano Quintet with the Vertavo Quartet and Alexander Goehr’s “Das Gesetz der Quadrille” with the baritone, Roderick Williams. He has recorded for All-India Radio with Mstislav Rostropovich and for CBC (the North-American premiere of “La Trahison Orale” by Mauricio Kagel).

A committed and sought-after teacher with many international prize-winning students, Fali Pavri is a Professor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has given masterclasses in many countries around the world including recently in Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Cyprus, India, USA and South Africa, where he was also a jury member at the Unisa International Piano Competition.

email: f.pavri@rcs.ac.uk

Aaron Shorr

Since settling in the United Kingdom in 1984, Aaron Shorr has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. As well as appearing as soloist at London’s South Bank in over thirty concertos, he has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician worldwide. More recent performances have included tours of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United States. He has performed extensively in the United Kingdom appearing in concerti, solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St. Martins in the Field and St. John’s Smith Square and festivals throughout Britain. He has also appeared in major European Festivals including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Munich Biennale, Hanover Expo, Paganiniana in Genoa, Venice Biennale,Instrumenta Festival Mexico, the Skopje Days of New Music, Cyprus International Contemporary Music Festival and the Istanbul Biennale. He has broadcast frequently for radio, including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, Classic FM, Bavarian Radio, Swiss Classical Radio, ABC Australia, and WQXR New York.

Aaron Shorr has recorded for Naxos, Mettier, Olympia, NMC and Meridian. His recordings of Beethoven with duo partner, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, have won universal acclaim. Research on composers in Beethoven’s inner circle of friends and contemporaries has yielded modern recording premieres of works by Mayseder, Ries and Archduke Rudolph as well as unknown chamber version of Beethoven’s Third Symphony. He has also enjoyed close associations with composers and has given countless premieres and performances of works, including those by Hans Werner Henze, George Rochberg, Sadie Harrison, David Matthews, Paul Moravec, Elliott Schwartz, Jorg Widmann, Michael Alec Rose, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Judith Bingham, Rory Boyle, Marek Pasieczny, and SidikaOzdil.

Aaron Shorr studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received their most prestigious prizes for performance. His teachers have included Alexander Kelly, Solomon Mikowsky, Gary Graffman, André Watts, John Browning and chamber music with Joseph Seiger, former duo partner of legendary violinist Mischa Elman.

Aaron Shorr was a professor and researcher at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1992. His students have gone on to win major prizes at international competitions including Rio, Pretoria, Munich, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Redding-Piette and the Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic. His students have also won prizes in major UK competitions, including the Royal Overseas League, Park Lane Debut Series, Sheepdrove and the Moray Piano Competition. He is also artistic director and chair of the jury for the Scottish International Piano Competition

Aaron Shorr is currently Professor and Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

email: a.shorr@rcs.ac.uk

Discography on Spotify:

Beethoven Explored Volume 6: “The Chamber Eroica” version for Piano Quartet (1807)

Beethoven Explored Volume 5: Op. 12 Sonatas

Beethoven Explored Volume 4: Op. 23 and Op. 24

Beethoven Explored Volume 3: Op. 30 Nos 1,2 and 3

Beethoven Explored Volume 2: Including Op. 47 “Kreutzer”

Beethoven Explored Volume 1: Including Op. 96

Additional Recordings and Concerts:

Schubert: Grand Duo – Jonathan Plowright and Aaron Shorr

Vivaldi/Bach: Concerto for 4 Pianos

Schubert Adagio and Rondo Concertante for Piano and Strings, Adagio – Aaron Shorr with Parnassus Ensemble

Schubert Adagio and Rondo Concertante for Piano and Strings, Rondo – Aaron Shorr with Parnassus Ensemble – Cadenza by A Shorr

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – Aaron Shorr

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norman Beedie

Norman Beedie studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before gaining a Sir James Caird Scholarship enabling him to continue studies with Guido Agosti and Carlo Zecchi a real artist, a real As well as studying with Nadia Boulanger, he was greatly influenced by the soprano, Irène Joachim, granddaughter of violinist Joseph Joachim, friend and colleague of Brahms, and by the late, James Gibb in London. He has pursued an international career of great variety as conductor, pianist and teacher.

He has performed in the major concert halls of the United Kingdom, in Europe, the Ukraine and in the Far East as pianist in concerto, chamber music and as accompanist as well as conductor. A winner of the BBC Scottish Young Musician Competition, he has recorded for the BBC as soloist and in concerto. His piano repertoire centres on the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. As a conductor his repertoire stretches from Schutz to Rutter and includes all the Beethoven Symphonies as well as the major orchestral and choral works and rarities such as Groffé Grand Canyon Suite and the Second Symphony of Lyatoshinsky. He conducted the first Ukrainian performance of Rubbra’s Violin Concerto with the National Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev and is equally at home in the opera house as in the concert hall. He has a particular affinity with choirs and was for three years Musical Director of Dundee Choral Union performing regularly with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera as well as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble. For ten years he was Principal Conductor of the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and was founder Conductor of Classic East Symphony Orchestra and of Ramsey Choral Society, Cambridgeshire and with his wife, soprano Diana Stuart, he founded Opera Expereince. He has given notable performances of Messaien Poèmes pour Mi and Strauss Vier letze gesänge.

He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama training and advising musicians from all over the world and was Assistant Director at the International Conservatoire, Fontainebleau, France. He has given masterclasses in the UK, France, Far East and in the USA and has served on competition juries in the United Kingdom and in France. He has a profound belief in the power of Improvisation and is now leading an innovative course in Classical Improvisation at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Norman has recently given a summer master course in Switzerland and has recently performed in Amsterdam.

William Fong

William’s international career was launched in 1984 when he won the first prize, gold medal and Rosa Sabater prize at the Concurso Internacional de Piano in Jaén, Spain. His concerto début at St. John’s Smith Square with the Philharmonia Orchestra followed soon after. He subsequently added successes in the Busoni, Cleveland, Iturbi, and Scottish International Competitions.

Performances in New York, Moscow and St Petersburg (under the auspices of the Sviatoslav Richter Foundation), and in Europe have drawn critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. Invited to China, supported by Arts Council England, William has performed and given master classes in Shanghai. He has also performed in Australia at the invitation of the Chair of the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference and was the keynote speaker, giving a recital and master classes, at the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand conference in Auckland.

William maintains a busy schedule of recitals, master classes, teaching and lecturing both in the UK and abroad, as well as regular commitments to some of the finest international piano summer schools.

A musician of wide interests, William has performed with ensembles such as the Brodsky Quartet and members of Guildhall Strings. He has also collaborated with singers Steve Davislim and James Rutherford and has recorded some fascinating and little known repertoire in the chamber music field. His concerts have been broadcast on television and on radio in Europe and the US. William has performed at all of London’s major venues. His concerts have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and BBC television.

A distinguished teacher, William is in demand for master classes and adjudication in the UK and overseas. He is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music www.ram.ac.uk and Head of Keyboard at the Purcell School for Young Musicians www.purcell-school.org – one of Europe’s leading specialist schools for talented young musicians.

His students’ achievements have included places and scholarships to study at Curtis Institute of Music USA, Universität der Künste Berlin, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (MDW), the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Trinity Laban. His students have also won important international competitions, including Liszt International Competition (Budapest), Weimar Liszt International Competition, Jeunesses Musicales Romania, and Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition. Students have also established successful careers as recording artists.

http://www.williamfongpiano.com/

Petras Geniusas

Pianist Petras Geniušas is one of the most prominent, versatile and adventurous Lithuanian performers. Having mastered an extensive repertoire of classical, romantic and contemporary works, he frequently appears in recitals and concerts with Lithuanian symphony orchestras, and various chamber ensembles and musicians.He has shared a stage with Rostropovich, Menuhin, Kniazev, Geringas, Chekassin, Tarasov among others. But apart from his appearances as a classical musician, Petras Geniušas can also be often seen perform on drama stage and in musical performances, as well as in jazz and crossover projects. His musical interests range far beyond his background as a classical concert pianist – from English virginalists and ethnic music from different parts of the world to avant-garde, jazz, and electronic dance beats. This also affects the way he interprets classical music, which makes this piano virtuoso so special.

 

Born into a musical family in Vilnius, Petras Geniušas graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music under Prof. Jurgis Karnavičius and continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Vera Gornostayeva. A series of highest awards at the top-notch piano competitions (including the 2nd prize in the 1989 Pilar Bayona Piano Competition, Zaragoza; the 1st prize in the 1991 Y.C.A.A. International Piano Competition, Oberlin; 3rd prize in the 1991 A.M.S.A. World Piano Competition, Cincinnati; and 1st prize in the 1992 Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition) remarkably confirmed his reputation as one of the most gifted and accomplished pianists of his generation. In addition to regular engagements in Lithuania, Petras Geniušas has toured over forty countries around the world, and performed at the world’s major concert venues including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, New York Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo Geijitsu Geikijo, and Vienna’s Musikverein.

 

Petras Geniušas’ career as a teacher included such engagements as Master Classes in Tokyo and Osaka, The Swedish-Baltic Master Classes “Academia Baltica” and the Royal Academy of Music in London (1996-8). From 1992 to 1998 he was teaching regularly at the Yamaha Master Class in Tokyo, and currently holds professorship from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Petras Geniušas recorded several critically acclaimed CDs for different labels in Germany, Japan and Lithuania. A documentary “Improvisation. Theme: Petras Geniušas” was shot in 2004 (directed by Monika Juozapavičiūtė for the Lithuanian National Radio and Television), which portrays his many-sided personality not in the standard concert tuxedo, but in his casual gear, sharing his time with the family, colleagues, friends and pupils between Vilnius, Moscow and London. In recognition of his wide-ranging concert activities and artistic accomplishments, he became the recipient of the Lithuanian National Award 1992 and WIPO Creativity Award 2004. In 2011 he received the Ministry of Culture medal “Bring your light and Believe.” In 2015 Petras Geniušas was awarded the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas.

Sinae Lee

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“Formidably equipped” – Gramophone

“Flabbergasted” – The Herald

“Phenomenal” – The Classical Reviewer

South Korean-born Sinae Lee leads a busy life as a soloist, chamber musician and lecturer based in Glasgow. Since her UK début with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), playing Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, she has also played with Korean Symphony Orchestra, St. James Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She has frequently appeared in concerts in New York, St. Petersburg, Riga, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as cities in her native Korea such as Seoul, Suwon and Busan.

Sinae won numerous prizes in competitions such as Chung-Ang Daily Newspaper competition, and the Korean Music Association for Overseas competitors, London Intercollegiate Beethoven competition as well as many RCS Prizes including A.Ramsay-Calder Debussy Prize, Bach Prize, Governors’ Recital Prize, Concerto Competition Prize, Ian D.Watt Award and the Dunbar-Geber Prize. She obtained her BA at Seoul National University in Korea and her MMus with Distinction at Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

In 2006, Sinae recorded Karol Szymanowski’s complete piano works on four CDs, released by Divine Art Record Company. These recordings marked the first complete CD set, including the posthumously published Prelude in C sharp minor. This marked her début recording and received highly-acclaimed reviews from Gramophone (Recommended Recording), BBC Music Magazine (Benchmark Recording), MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, November 2006), Pianist Magazine (Recommended Recording), All Music Guide (Classical Editors’ Best of the Year2007) and Res Musica. Some of the pieces from her Szymanowski CDs have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Radio New Zealand and Busan KBS TV. In 2011, Sinae performed the complete Années de Pèlerinage by Liszt in the UK and Korea, celebrating the composer’s 200th anniversary. A studio recording was released by Nimbus Alliance in July 2012 and received rave reviews from The Classical Reviewer (Best of 2012) and MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, April 2014).

As a keen collaborator, She has been enjoying chamber music performances with fellow pianists such as Aaron Shorr, Fali Pavri, Jonathan Plowright, Victor Sangiorgio and James Willshire as well as violinists Ilya Gringolts, Andrea Gajic and Justine Watts, violist Andrew Berridge and cellist Alison Wells. Sinae has also been in demand for giving world premieres for solo piano and ensemble works by composers including Marek Pasieczny, Gordon McPherson, Rory Boyle, Vera Stanojevic, Alasdair Spratt, Jay Capperauld, James Wilson, Richard Greer and Ewan Ferguson. Recently, she was invited to join Glasgow New Music Expedition (GNME), a contemporary ensemble group lead by Jessica Cottis.

Sinae’s past prize adjudications include Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Scholarships at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 (regional audition), A Ramsay-Calder Debussy Prize, Walcer Prize, Peter Lindsay Miller Prize for Piano Duo at the RCS and Beethoven Prize for Junior Conservatoire at the RCS. Since 2001, Sinae has been teaching piano as a Lecturer in the department of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at RCS.

For further information on Sinae’s performing schedule and more, please visit http://www.sinaeleethepianist.com

 

Discography on Spotify

Szymanowski: The Complete Piano Music

https://play.spotify.com/album/7A1hyrHlNcla6vKs0LrUlo

Liszt: Years of Pilgrimage

https://play.spotify.com/album/6Xt0IpEy5p7wusFWxoB9jT

 

Performance Videos on YouTube

Brahms Sonata Op.1, 1st movement

https://youtu.be/4HJqY37HvxI

Dutilleux Sonata Op.1, 3rd movement

https://youtu.be/DB1uLnfgaD4

Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op.96 in G

https://youtu.be/PJ3_m3yXa70

Franck Piano Quintet in F minor

https://youtu.be/yX5-rB4D9Xc

Litolff Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No.4, arranged for a solo piano by Harry Dexter

https://youtu.be/Y7k9fdU7PoQ

 

Bing Bing Li

‘Vigour and authority; a torrent of inventiveness’ – The Times and Sunday Times

‘Admirable and Superb’ – Musical Opinion

 

One of a select group of outstanding Chinese pianists, Bing Bing Li was identified, through competition, as a ‘Star of the Future’ at the age of 8. Her inherent musical sense and dazzling technique gave her early opportunities to perform on many concert platforms in China, such as the Beijing Concert Hall, and the ZhongShan Music Hall. At the age of 10, Bing Bing recorded her first CD and DVD on Bach, produced by China Universal in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music.

Bing Bing has achieved a distinguished performing career since moving to study in the UK. Her musical integrity and her compelling artistry have been praised both by critics and some of the most respected artists of today. Her success has taken her to perform in leading concert venues notably the Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. Martin-in-the-fields. She has been invited to perform in Europe and North America and has performed in several prestigious International Music Festivals including the Southbank Messiaen Festival, Santander International Music Festival, the Leeds International Concert Series, and the Yale/Norfolk International chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician she has worked with many distinguished performers including workshops in ECMA academy with Hatto Beyerle, and concerts at the London Paganini Festival, Schumann Festival and Schubert Festival.

She was the only pianist to have received a full scholarship on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes at the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated top Distinction and received a Dip RAM for best performances. She received many noted awards including the Royal Academy of Music Discretionary Awards (six times), the Royal Academy of Music Pianoforte Prizes, the Elsa & Leonard Cross Award for Piano, the Leverhulme Award, the Kenneth Brindle Award, the Miriam Duncan Prize, the Liversedge Award; the Hilda Day Award, the George Award, MBF award, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Award, the Hattori Award, the Krein Scholarship and the Solti Award. Recently, she has been awarded Walter MacFarran Prize and Lloyd Hartley Prize for best Postgraduate Recitals.

AS a teacher, she has been teaching at Chetham’s International Summer Piano School and Birmingham International Youth Piano Summer Course and Competition, and Royal Conservatory of Scotland Music International Summer Piano Course. She has been giving regular masterclasses in several conservatories in China as well as on audition and competition jury.

She recorded world premiere Walter Niemann’s sonatas on Naxos Grand label, which has been broadcasted internationally. Critics demand future CDs. ‘The young Chinese pianist…has us in her debt for introducing us to Niemann’s two piano sonatas.’ American Record Guide ‘Li’s stunning technique and subtle musicality serve the pieces splendidly. I eagerly await the next volume.’ Fanfare ‘Tremendous confidence and authority throughout the recording, her technique is more than equal to Niemann’s hefty demands, and she plays with emotional maturity and interpretive freedom’ (Fanfare (magazine) ‘Niemann considered himself to be a representative of a kind of Nordic romantic style, oriented on Grieg and Sibelius, which he saw as an antidote to the music of Richard Strauss and Arnold Schönberg. But is it worth to be dug out? Yes it is! … Bing Bing Li shows all the qualities and leaves us curious for more. After all, Niemann has composed some 150 piano works.’ Piano News

 

Victor Sangiorgio

“Poetic Perfection” was how Victor Sangiorgio’s London debut was hailed by The Times. Similar critical and public acclaim has continued to greet both his public performances and recordings. Magazines such as Gramophone have used words like ‘irresistible,’ ‘truly outstanding’ and ‘superbly colourful’ to describe his growing discography.

Born in Sicily, Victor moved to Perth, Western Australia at the age of four. He gave his first public performances at the age of five and by 19 had been a soloist with all major Australian orchestras as well as having recorded and broadcast extensively for both National Radio and Television. Whilst still a student, he was soloist with the Australian Youth Orchestra on their tour of Mainland China and Hong Kong. He studied with Stephen Dornan, Roy Shepherd, Guido Agosti and Noretta Conci. After winning Australia’s most prestigious awards, he studied and worked abroad in Siena, Rome and the USA before moving to England where he currently resides.

Victor enjoys a busy and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has broadcast for the BBC World Service, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Classic FM and has performed throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and America. In America he broadcast live in Chicago and Los Angeles for the WFMT Radio network and has appeared on American television. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Morton Gould, Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Litton, Jane Glover, En Shou, Stanislaw Skrowacewzski, Andre Previn, Jorge Mester and Carl Davis.

As well as playing extremely varied repertoire, Victor’s continuing interest in chamber music has seen collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet, the violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Hu Kun, horn player Eric Ruske, the actor Andrew Sachs and principals from the London Symphony. He is also a member of the Fiorini Piano Trio. He has given masterclasses in many cities throughout the world and is on the Piano Faculty at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.

Concert highlights have included much-acclaimed concerts with, among others, the Sydney, Melbourne and Western Australian Symphonies, the New Zealand Symphony, the London Mozart Players, the Ulster and Halle Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; a television recording with the Melbourne Symphony (screened in America); live concert broadcasts for BBC Radio 3; recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra, recitals in prestigious venues throughout the world and appearances in the Harare and otherInternational Festivals.

Victor Sangiorgio’s recordings have met with extensive critical acclaim and include such diverse and challenging repertoire as Stravinsky’s complete solo piano music, the complete keyboard Sonatas by Cimarosa, concertiby Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn, and Liszt Transcriptions for piano and orchestra. He has recorded for the Collins Classics, Naxos, ABC Classics and Dutton labels, with which he has recorded seven world premieres of concerti by Benjamin Godard, Stanley Bate, Franz Reizenstein and Frederic D’Erlanger. The last of these has recently been given the accolade of “Outstanding” by International Record Review.