OMWPA Classes, Lectures & Recitals

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A Special Message from the Honorary Secretary of The Malaysian British Society (MBS) - Mr. Chris Syer (11th December 2014) - click here

What do I get from this Academy - 2014?

  • Each student will receive 3 one hour individual piano lessons 
  • Each student will be able to attend all piano lessons as a non-participant, so you can learn by observing all piano lessons, which amounts to 69 hours in total
  • Each student will receive 7 three-hour group lectures in Composition, Improvisation, Chamber music, Conducting, Sight-Reading, Memorization & Technique, and The Baroque 
  • Each student will be able to attend 8 evening Concerts & Lectures given by acclaimed musicians / educators 
  • Each student will perform on a handmade Fazioli Concert Grand at the Menuhin Hall in the specially-organized Gala Concert
  • Each student will be able to attend a live Christmas-themed performance at The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Festival Hall in London 

One-to-One Piano Tuition (Piano Lessons)

  • Andrew Ball - International Concert Pianist; former Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; former Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music; current Professor of Piano & Fellow of the Royal College of Music

  • Graham Caskie - International Concert Pianist; Professor of Piano at Chetham's School of Music; Professor of Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama 

  • Douglas Finch - International Concert Pianist & Improvisor; former Head of Keyboard; current Professor of Piano and Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

  • Anthony Hewitt - International Concert Pianist; Artistic Director of the Ulverston Music Festival; Professor of Piano at Birmingham Conservatoire

  • Leslie Howard - International Concert Pianist; Composer; Arranger; President of the Liszt Society, President of the Alkan Society, score editor for Boosey & Hawkes, Editio Musica Budapest and others, recipient of France’s ‘Grand Prix du Disque’ (6 times); recipient of the Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal and Citation by the Hungarian Government; recipient of the American Liszt Society's Medal of Honor; recipient of the Medal of St. Stephen from the President of Hungary; holder of the Guiness Book of Records for completing the largest recording project ever undertaken by a solo recording artist (including pop artists); the only pianist to have recorded the complete solo piano works of Franz Liszt

  • Mikhail Kazakevich - International Concert Pianist; former Professor of Piano of the Gorky State Conservatoire; former Professor of Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music; Co-founder of the National Sheepdrove Piano Competition

  • Murray McLachlan - International Concert Pianist; Chair of the UK section of the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA UK), Founder of the Manchester International Concerto competition for young pianists, Founder/Artistic Director of the Chetham’s International Summer school and festival for Pianists; recipient of the knighthood by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem for services music in Malta; recipient of an honorary doctorate by the University of Dundee; editor of ‘Piano Professional Magazine’; Head of Keyboard of the Chetham’s School of Music & Professor of Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music

  • Dr. Aleksander Szram - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance  
     

Group Classes

  • Composition: Dr. Stephen Goss - former Professor of Composition at the Yehudi Menuhin School; current Chair of Composition & Director of Research at the University of Surrey; Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music; Director of the International Guitar Research Centre

    Composers create wonderful masterpieces for performers. The compositional process is a study in itself; each new work can be a momentous event in a composer's life. Composers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
  • Improvisation: Douglas Finch - International Concert Pianist & Improvisor; former Head of Keyboard; current Professor of Piano and Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

    Douglas Finch is a Canadian pianist and composer, known for his innovative and imaginative approach to performance, and for helping to revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert. As a composer, he has written works for piano, chamber ensemble, orchestra and theatre as well as the soundtracks for four feature-length films. With the Continuum Ensemble, which he had co-founded with Philip Headlan, over 40 new works were premiered with subsequent recordings made. Formerly Head of Keyboard at Trinity Laban, he is currently Professor of Piano and Composition there.
  • Chamber music: Anthony Hewitt - International Concert Pianist; Artistic Director of the Ulverston Music Festival; Professor of Piano at Birmingham Conservatoire

    When playing Chamber music, how you listen and react to your musical partner(s) is crucially important. The best chamber muician can retain his/her own musical personality, yet at the same be very creative and responsive. If you have brought along another instrument, you may bring it to this class.
  • Some interesting aspects of Sight-Reading, Memorization & Technique: Melanie Spanswick - former Professor at Reading University & the Royal College of Music (Junior department); current Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Music Festivals; owner of the blog ‘The Classical Piano and Music Education Blog’

    Many people rate Sight-Reading and Memorization as possibly two of the most challenging aspects of their learning. To overcome these, one needs to look at these problems in a creative way, and to use insights from experienced Professionals. 
  • Conducting: Thomas Carroll - International Concert Cellist & Conductor; Principal Conductor & Artistic Director of the Orpheus Sinfonia; Professor of Cello at the Royal College of Music; Professor of Cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School

    Conducting can be very difficult, especially if you want to create wonderful music together with an ensemble of up to a 100 people. A conductor has to be a wonderful musician, a masterful communicator, but like a pianist, he/she needs to rely on a secure technique.

  • The Baroque: Carole Cerasi - International Concert Harpichordist & Fortepiano player; recipient of the 1999 Gramaphone Instrumental Award; recipient of the Diapason d’Or de l’Année (twice); Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano at the Royal Academy of Music; Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano at the Yehudi Menuhin School

    As an international performer, Carole Cerasi given recitals throughout Europe, performing in major festivals, as well as in Japan, Singapore, Columbia, Canada and the States. Her debut CD of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre won the 1999 Gramophone Instrumental Award, but she has since also won the Diapason d'Or de l'Année twice. A highly respected teacher, she is Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Musicand Drama and the Yehudi Menuhin School.


Evening Recitals 

7:30pm - 8:45pm Performance + Q&A 

  • Solo Piano Recital: Murray McLachlan

    John McLeod: Sonata No.5 (2013)
    Franz Liszt: Sonata in b minor

    This special piano recital features a new piano sonata by Scottish composer John McLeod, which was written specially for Murray McLachlan in the composer’s 80th year. This year, Murray has given well over 20 performances all over the world of this new work, modelled on the Liszt b minor Sonata which is also on the programme. 

  • Solo Piano Recital: Mihai Ritivoiu

    L. v. Beethoven: Two Bagatelles Op. 33 - Nos. 1 in E flat major Andante grazioso quasi allegretto; 2 in C major Scherzo. Allegro 
    L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in F minor Op. 57 Appassionata - Allegro assai; Andante con moto; Allegro ma non troppo

    F. Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major Op. 55 No. 2
    F. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major Op. 61
    M. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

    Mihai Ritivoiu is the winner of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe (BPSE) Senior Intercollegiate Competition 2014. He has also won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest (2010), was a top prizewinner in the George Enescu International Competition (2011) and the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition (2014). 

  • Performance and Q&A: Demonstration by Douglas Finch & Performance by Improvisation Students

Evening Lectures

  • A detailed look at the first movement of Beethoven's Appassionata: Julian JacobsonInternational Concert Pianist; Chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe (BPSE); former Head of Keyboard at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; current Professor of Piano & Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music; Professor of Piano at Birmingham Conservatoire; Guest Professor at Xiamen University

    As the newly elected Chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe (BPSE), a Guest Professor at Xiamen University and Professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Julian Jacobson was also the former Head of Keyboard at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a current Professor of Piano & Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music. Mr. Jacobson holds the special distinction of having performed all of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas on nine (9) separate occasions (cycles). On three of these occasions, he had performed all 32 sonatas in a single day (marathons). In the summers of 2015 & 2016, he would be performing all 32 sonatas in Austria. 

  • Foundations of Piano TechniqueMurray McLachlan - International Concert Pianist; Chair of the UK section of the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA UK), Founder of the Manchester International Concerto competition for young pianists, Founder/Artistic Director of the Chetham’s International Summer school and festival for Pianists; recipient of the knighthood by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem for services music in Malta; recipient of an honorary doctorate by the University of Dundee; editor of ‘Piano Professional Magazine’; Head of Keyboard of the Chetham’s School of Music & Professor of Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music

    Murray McLachlan stands tall in the world of piano, being simultaneously the Chair of the European Piano Teacher’s Association - UK (EPTA - UK), the Founder/Artistic Director of the Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for pianists, the founder of the Manchester International Concerto Competition for young pianists, the head of Keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music, the editor of ‘Piano Professional Magazine’, columnist for ‘International Piano’ and ‘Piano’ magazines, and a tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is first and foremost a virtuoso pianist with a very large repertoire of over 40 concertos and 25 recital programmes, and has recorded over 40 commercial CDs. 

  • A talk touching on aspects of modern music making, tertiary musical education & thoughts on the international music sceneAndrew Ball - International Concert Pianist; former Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; former Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music; current Professor of Piano & Fellow of the Royal College of Music

    Andrew Ball is one of the outstanding British pianists and teachers of his generation. He has a reputation for innovative and imaginative programmes, and chamber music and contemporary music have always played a large part in his repertoire. He has given countless premieres, made his Proms debut playing Messiaen and studied Tippett’s sonatas with the composer. Many acclaimed CDs range from the complete Tippett song-cycles and vocal and choral music of Lili Boulanger with Martyn Hill for Hyperion, to Billy Mayerl’s works for piano and orchestra. Formerly a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he was Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music from 1999 to 2005, and remains there as a Professor and a Fellow of the College.

     
  • The Mystery of the Jazz Piano: Dominic Alldis - International Concert Jazz Pianist; Author; Business Speaker; Founder of Music & Management Ltd; Honorary Associate & Professor at the Royal Academy of Music; Steinway Artist

    An Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a Steinway Artist, Dominic Alldis has built a unique musical career spanning the rich and varied musical worlds of classical music, jazz and cabaret. Since 1993, Dominic had taught improvisation to classical pianists and opera singers at the Royal Academy of Music, and in  2006, directed the first ever jazz-singing masterclasses there. He has also written 2 highly successful books - 'A Classical Approach to Jazz Piano Improvisation', and 'A Classical Approach to Jazz Piano Harmony', both published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

  • The Fazioli: Terence Lewis - former Piano Buyer for Harrods; current Managing Director & Co-owner of Jaques Samuel Pianos

    The Fazioli is one of the most exclusive pianos in the world. Ever since Signor Paolo Fazioli incorporated Fazioli Pianoforti in 1981, this wonderful piano has been chosen for concerts at the Carnegie Hall, used by competitors at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Rubinstein Competiton in Tel Aviv, and bought by the Beijing Conservatory and the Julliard School. Terence Lewis is the Managing Director & Co-owner of Jaques Samuel Pianos, which is the UK’s sole supplier of this exclusive piano.

  • My Life as an International Composer: Dr. Stephen Goss - former Professor of Composition at the Yehudi Menuhin School; current Chair of Composition & Director of Research at the University of Surrey; Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music; Director of the International Guitar Research Centre

    Stephen Goss's music receives hundreds of performances worldwide each year and has been recorded on over 60 CDs by more than a dozen record label, including EMI, Decca, Telarc, Virgin Classics, Naxos and Deutsche Grammophon. His varied output includes orchestral and choral works, chamber music, and solo piano. This year, his music has been performed by top artists in Beijing, Moscow and London. He has worked with guitarists John Williams, David Russell and Jonathan Leathwood, the flautist William Bennett, the legendary Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, and young stars such as Milos Karadaglic, Xuefei Yang and Natalie Clein.

  • Ultimate Inspiration: Ruth Nye MBE - former Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music; current Professor of Piano & Fellow of the Royal College of Music; Professor of Piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School

    Professor Nye was invited to study in New York with Claudio Arrau after the Maestro heard her perform in Melbourne, Australia. A close personal relationship developed which included accompanying him on countless tours around the world and lasted until his death some 30 years later. After her work with Arrau in the United States she made London her home and a full international performing career followed which included six Queen Elizabeth Hall, and five Wigmore Hall performances. Claudio Arrau's teacher was Martin Krause, Martin Krause's teacher was Franz Liszt, Franz Liszt's teacher was Carl Czerny, and Carl Czerny's teacher was Ludvig van Beethoven.

  • An old fashioned and exciting dance class: Tomasz Ziemski - 1993 Baltic Ballroom Dance Champion; former owner of one of the biggest dance schools in Poland

    Tomasz Ziemski was the 1993 Baltic Ballroom Dance Champion, and former owner of one of the biggest dance schools in Poland.