Master Classes by Leading Russian and Foreign Musicians Take Place in Moscow

05 April 2016

With the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, master classes by six distinguished Russian and foreign music teachers were held in piano, violin and the flute and took place in Moscow from 28 March until 3 April 2016.

Winners of Russian and international contests, Anna Malikova (piano, Germany), Tanja Becker-Bender (violin, Germany), Susan Milan (flute, UK), Ivan Rudin (piano, Russia), Anna Sokolova (violin, Russia), and Olga Ivusheykova (flute, Russia) shared their experiences with the participants of the master classes.

The master classes were attended by pupils and students at places of music education in Moscow, teachers at children’s music schools and music colleges located in Moscow and the Moscow region.

The events took place at the capital’s four metropolitan music venues: the Concert Hall On Kislovka, the memorial room at Gnessins Moscow Special School of Music (the museum), the House on Znamenka (the Organ Hall at Gnessins Moscow Special School of Music) and the Yamaha Artistic Center.

“Teaching and performing at such legendary places as the Central School of Music and the Gnessins School of Music in Moscow was a deep and moving experience for me. I have been hearing the names of these institutions throughout all my musical life. The young performers whom I was able to hear during the master classes impressed me with the sound of their voices and their professionalism at such a young age, as well as their desire to learn and quickly absorb new knowledge. I am sure that I will see these young musicians in concert venues again so I wish them all the best in their creative careers,” said Tanja Becker-Bender, a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Saar and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.

“There are a lot of talented kids in our country who need both financial and psychological assistance for their abilities to develop. It is very important to give children the opportunity as soon as possible to join in with the musical traditions not only of their country but also global culture and art. It helps form their personalities and direct their careers in the musical world,” said pianist Anna Malikova, sharing her thoughts with the audience.

“It is wonderful that children from very different regions of the Russian Federation have been able to get acquainted with outstanding musicians and performers from abroad as well as professors at the best Music Schools in Moscow. Such gatherings not only improve the professional level of the students but also allow them to broaden their horizons due to having become familiar with the European school. The children have also been able to watch and hear how magnificently their teachers performed at the teachers’ concert that took place on the first day of the music festival, while on the last day they were fortunate enough to perform by themselves at the remarkable Organ Hall on Znamenka,” Olga Ivusheykova, Russian flautist and an assistant professor at the Moscow Conservatory, commenting on the master classes.

The master classes took place in the framework of the Class from a Maestro project by the Foundation, whose objectives are to maintain a high level of musical education in Russia, promote music and help young talents.

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