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One on One Online masterclasses

(Instructors: Titos Gouvelis, Mikhail Lidsky, Joanna Sochacka)

Will be arranged privately for the month of February & March 2022

Lesson length - 50 minutes
80 euro - 1 lesson
150 euro - 2 lessons
220 euro - 3 lessons

For more than 3 sessions, please contact the competition

90 Minute Group Class 

(Instructor: Joanna Sochacka)

Analysis of Chopin Prelude op. 28 no. 12, 13 and 15

Maximum 6 participants

Fee: 40 euros

One participant will be selected to play in the class

(Must play a Chopin piece )


February 5th 2022

90 Minute Group Class

(Instructor: Joanna Sochacka)

Analysis of Chopin Nocturnes op. 55  no. 1 and no. 2

Maximum 6 participants

Fee: 40 euros

One participant will be selected to play in the class

(Must play a Chopin piece )

February 12th 2022
 

Lecture/talk will premier on Facebook on January 31st 2022

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One of the leading Greek pianists, Titos Gouvelis enjoys a busy performing schedule in his native country and abroad. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the State Philharmonics of Transylvania and Tirgu Mures (Romania), the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (Thailand), the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Armonia Atenea, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra among others, collaborating with distinguished conductors (M. Tilkin, E. Tabakov, A. Ertüngealp, V. Christopoulos, G. Petrou and others). He appears in solo and chamber music concerts in many countries (Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Holland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Nigeria and Cyprus).

 

His vast repertoire ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Apart from his special affinity for the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff, Greek music is also a major part of his work; he has performed works by more than 60 Greek composers including many world premieres. A significant moment in his career was the first performance in Greece of Eric Satie’s Vexations for solo piano (Athens, April 2010), which lasted about 16 hours and received a praising acclaim from press and public. Titos Gouvelis is currently Piano Professor at the Athens Conservatory, gives often piano masterclasses and is a regular member of juries in piano competitions in Greece. He has also taught at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory and at the Mantzaros Conservatory (Athens). Together with the prominent cellist Angelos Liakakis, with whom Gouvelis is playing on a regular basis, they hold an annual Chamber Music Workshop at the American College of Greece (Deree). He is also programs’ annotator of the Athens State Orchestra and the Athens Megaron Concert Hall. Considered a gifted speaker, he is often invited to give pre-concert talks.

 

He was born in Athens. He studied the piano at the Athens Conservatoire with Aris Garoufalis, at the Royal College of Music (London) with Peter Katin and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow) with Fali Pavri, graduating with a Masters’ Degree with distinction. He has also gained from the valuable guidance of the famous pianist and pedagogue Dominique Merlet in Paris and has studied the organ with the distinguished British organist Nicolas Kynaston. He has won prizes in many piano competitions in Greece and abroad (including a 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Chieri, Italy) and he has been awarded the “Mykoniou” Prize from the Academy of Athens for his artistic activity.

Mikhail Lidsky

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Born 1968 in Moscow, Mikhail Lidsky started studying piano at the age of five. In 1975, he was admitted to Gnessin Moscow Specialised Music School (class of Marina Marshak-Young). From 1978 until graduation and later (1987-1992) at Gnessin Russian Academy of Music he studied with Prof. Vladimir Tropp.

At the age of 13 played with orchestra for the first time, at 15 – gave his first recital. While studying, gave many performances in various cities of the USSR as a soloist and chamber music player.

At the Eighth All-Russia Piano Competition (Kislovodsk, 1989) he was awarded 1st prize (joint), prize of Russia's Music Society and a special price for the performance of Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto. Since then, he has never taken part in competitions.

Mikhail Lidsky’s concert career includes numerous appearances  in Russia and neighboring countries, as well as Belgium, UK, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Finland, France, Turkey, Taiwan, and Japan.

Mikhail Lidsky’s vast and versatile repertoire encompasses works by J.S. Bach (Concertos, Partitas, etc.), Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart (Concertos, Sonatas, etc.), Beethoven (32 Sonatas, 5 Concertos, Variations, etc.), Schubert (Sonatas, Impromtus, Moments Musicaux, etc.), Schumann (e.g. Kreisleriana, Sonata in F minor, all compositions for piano and orchestra), Chopin, Liszt (12 Transcendental Studies, Sonata in B minor. Concerto No.1, and many other works), Brahms (e.g. Concerto No.2, Haendel and Paganini Variations), Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov. Scriabin (Piano Concerto, solo part in “Prometheus”, Sonatas and many other piano pieces), Medtner (Concerto No.1, sonatas, Fairy-tales, chamber music, etc.), Debussy, Ravel (both Piano Concertos, Gaspard de la Nuit, etc.), Stravinsky, Hindemith (Ludus tonalis), Myaskovsky (all piano sonatas), Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc.

Among other, Mikhail Lidsky played with the following orchestras: The Russian State Symphony Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, The Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. His partner conductors are Alexander Vedernikov, Feodor Glushchenko, Arnold Katz, Dmitri Liss, Vladimir Ponkin, Ravil Martynov, Vladimir Verbitsky, Yuri Simonov, and others. Mikhail Lidsky performs chamber music with Moscow Virtuosi, Mozart Quartet, Domenico Nordio, and some other famous musicians.

From 1997 on, Mikhail Lidsky has been annual guest of Serate musicali, Milan, giving numerous recitals and concerto appearances, as well as chamber music performances.

From 2007 on, Mikhail Lidsky has been remaining the only pianist of his generation to undertake annual recital series at Moscow International Music House, having already performed e.g. 32 Beethoven Sonatas, all-Mozart, all-Schubert, all-Schumann and all-Chopin programmes, and four recital Liszt series. These series are being replicated in many cities of Russia. Besides, he is giving numerous appearances as a soloist and chamber music player, e.g. closing Antalya Piano Festival 2010 in Turkey by playing Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with Moscow Virtuosi led by Vladimir Spivakov, performing Medtner’s First Piano Concerto with Moscow Philharmonic at the Russian Piano Music Festival (Moscow, November 2012) and Prokofiev’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic led by Alexander Vedernikov (Saint Petersburg, February 2013).

Mikhail Lidsky has released many CDs, of which six have been published by DENON, and three by DECCA (e.g. Brahms’ sonatas for violin/viola and piano recorded with Domenico Nordio). In 2017 he recorded the collection of Nikolay Miaskovsky’s piano sonatas released in 2018 by ‘Moscow Conservatory Records’.

From 1996 on, Mikhail Lidsky has been teaching at Moscow State Conservatoire. He had been an assistant of Elisso Virsaladze until 2003, having become an associate professor thereupon.

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Joanna Sochacka - polish pianist, described by critics:” she is not only playing…she lives in music” (Sonja Koller, General Anzeiger), “pianist who explores with intelligence and great pianistic culture the very different sound worlds” (Remi Franck, Pizzicato Magazine),”one of the most promising artists of the young generation” (Cihan Barrut, Classical Mag), “amazingly powerful and hypnotic, pianist who knows what she is about” (Lynn René Bayley, ArtMusic Lounge), “young pianist with great freedom and full control of the instrument” (Agata Kwiecińska, Ruch Muzyczny), “volatile virtuosity together with keeping up the intensity of playing and exciting passion.”(Jean Dandresy, Clic Mag), “a woman on a mission.” (Ralph Graves, WTJU Virginia). She performed in several countries (England, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Italy, Moldova, USA, Israel) in many prestigious concert halls, including: Carnegie Hall in New York, National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Royal Albert Hall in London, Beethoven-Haus Concert Hall in Bonn, National Philharmonic in Chisinau, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Cracow Philharmonic, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Ferenc Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding. Her debut CD with the piano music of Grażyna Bacewicz (DUX 1689), which was a world phonographic premiere, was acclaimed by the global press, radio and television (one of the best new CD releases of the prestigious Gramophone Magazine). Soon there will be available her CD with Frederic Chopin’s music, recorded for the Sheva Collection in the Naxos distribution. Since the very young age, she became a prizewinner of international piano competitions in England, USA, Estonia, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary incl. Medici International Music Competition (II prize - 2021), 17th Citta di Padova International Competition in Padua (I prize and all special prizes - 2019), III Moritz Moszkowski International Piano Competition in Kielce, Poland (II prize and special prize - 2009). She received numerous scholarships, including: the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Young Poland (2020), Julian Cochran Foundation (2020), Dartington Scholarship Trust in England (2007, 2013), Sapere Auso (2009-2014), the National Fund for Children (2008-2012), the National Adam Mickiewicz Institute (2010), Rita Zimmermann Musik Stiftung Bern in Switzerland (2019), SEMP Mobility Program in Geneva, Switzerland (2019). She is a PhD and works in the Piano Department at Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and a jury member at many international competitions including International Liszt Piano Youth Competition in China and Utrecht, Elevato International Piano Competition in Salzburg and Bern, IOPCInstrumental Performance Competition, Kreisler International Competition in Bonn, Music is Life International Competition in Trzciana, as well as Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize. Joanna provided masterclasses for Association Chinese Culture Music & Arts in China and Germany, BAMA International Piano Festival & Masterclasses in Canada, Masterclasses in Pancho Vladygerov Music School in Burgas, Bulgaria. She currently studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria in the class of prof. Milana Chernyavska. Moreover, she is a PhD student at the Academy of Music Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz in Łódź in the class of dr hab. Hanna Holeksa. She graduated from Academy of Music in Cracow, class of prof. Andrzej Pikul, and from Haute École de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, class of prof. Fabrizio Chiovetta. She honed her under the supervision of many outstanding pedagogues: Dmitry Bashkirov, Paula BaduraSkoda, Dina Yoffe, Akiko Ebi, Kevin Kenner, Anna Malikova, Andrzej Jasiński, Jura Margulis, Dmitry Alexeev, Jean Marc Luisada, Tatiana Zelikman, Ronan O’Hora, Elza Kolodin, Piotr Paleczny, Bradley Bolen, Emanuel Krasovski, Aquilles delle Vigne, Janusz Olejniczak, Konstanze Eickhorst, Lilja Zilberstein. Joanna is represented by Polish Artists Agency.