Tutor Michael Stembridge-Montavont leads a piano workshop, building on over 20 years of courses, research and workshops devoted to the pianistic ideas and ideals of the legendary pianist Alfred Cortot. Cortot was described as "unequalled as a Chopin player, a player of luminous intelligence and incomparably sophisticated technique, whose playing may well be the closest we’ll ever get to knowing how Chopin himself played."
Taking place for the eighth consecutive year at Burgh House, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT, a lecture at 1pm will be followed by a masterclass demonstration at 2:30pm.
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Praise for previous workshops:
“..The insight into Cortot was fascinating”
“Thank you for such an enjoyable and informative session”.
“Can I say how much I enjoyed and profited from your masterclass”.
“I found your session extremely interesting and congratulate you on your wide-ranging knowledge of piano technique, in particular in relation to Cortot and Chopin”
The "Jersey International Festival
for Amateur Pianists" will be taking place for the sixth successive time in May-June 2018. Formerly ‘Normandy Piano Week’, which took place for over fourteen years, with the full
help and support of the Jersey Cultural Services, in 2013 the piano course moved to Jersey.
In its inaugural and first wonderful year JIFFAP was extremely fortunate to have had the presence and support of Idil Biret , an
authentic and direct pupil of Alfred Cortot. In 2015 Idil Biret continued giving her support and as well as playing a wonderful recital gave a memorable Masterclass/Student-Class.
Eric Heidsieck, who studied directly with Alfred Cortot, will be giving individual lessons.
Frédéric AGUESSY, a former pupil of Yvonne Lefébure and overall winner of the XV111 Marguerite Long Piano Competition, will be giving individual lessons.
Alfred Cortot (1877-1962) has been described as one of the most influential pianists of the 20th Century and was one of the great pianists in the Romantic tradition. He is held in great esteem by many of the leading contemporary pianists in the anglo-saxon world as much as in France. ‘One of the great recreative artists of the 20 Century’ (Stephen Hough)
Yvonne Lefébure, in her writings, describes being "handed the torch" by Cortot, and how because of him, the teaching of the piano was totally renewed, undergoing a profound transformation.
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