A Cyprien Katsaris masterclass is a chance to learn from one of the finest and most articulate of pianists. In this context I use the word "articulate" to mean not only that he is capable of saying what he means, but that having said it, he is able to demonstrate exactly what he has said. It is almost worth the effort of learning French just to be able to understand some of his ideas regarding the conceptual context he creates for himself, and which he shares with his student, prior to his approach to playing the music
I offer two extended Cyprien Katsaris masterclasses, one from 1993 in French and English, and one from 2011 in English. I'll just point out that the transformation he achieves in the playing of the first student (1993) from a rather banal performance to a lovely and sensitive one by applying his instruction in layers is nearly magical.
These are real piano lessons - some of the individual Chopin classes are an hour long - and make me want to rush to the piano with my iPad and get to work.
Chopin Masterclass- Japanese television in 1993
I Prelude 15 in D♭ major, Op 28 n15 "Raindrop Prelude"
II Waltz 6 in D♭ major, Op 64 n1 "Minute Waltz"
III Fantaisie-Impromptu in C♯ minor, Op posth / Op 66
IV Waltz 3 in A minor, Op 34 n2
V Nocturne 2 in E♭ major, Op 9 n2
VI Nocturne 20 in C♯ minor, Op posth
VII Polonaise 1 in C♯ minor, Op 26 n1
VIII Mazurka in G♯ minor, Op 33 n4
IX Ballade 3 in A♭ major, Op 47
X Polonaise 6 in A♭ major, Op 53 "Heroic"
XI Scherzo 2 in B♭ minor, Op 31
XII Étude in E major, Op 10 n3
XIII Piano Sonata 3 in B minor, Op 58
Masterclass given at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York in 2011
For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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