On 30th June two pupils from Abbs Cross Academy were lucky enough to receive masterclasses from the Internationally renowned pianist Martin Roscoe at Steinway Hall in London.
Martin Roscoe is famed for his work both as a soloist and with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic. Martin has toured the World extensively and his work has been broadcast in excess of 600 times. Martin has a fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music where he is Professor of Piano and teaches some of the country's most promising musicians.
Daniel Tahmisyan (yr9) performed "Andante" from JS Bach's Organ Sonata no.IV on the recital standard grand piano. Daniel received feedback from Martin on points to improve, dynamic changes and lightness of touch between his hands. Daniel's accurate performance impressed the audience made up of piano scholars, Abbs Cross pianists and other masterclass students.
Connor De Wet (yr8) performed Chopin's legendary piece "Fantaisie Impromptu" and delighted the audience with his expressive stylistic performance. Chopin's dramatic style was not lost on Connor who showed musicality beyond his years. Connor is self taught and this being a grade 8 piece meant that Martin was able to focus in on slight inaccuracies and work on developing Connor's touch difference between his left and right hand to allow the melody to "sing out" more.
Alongside the two pupils who received the master class a further seven pianists from years 7 to 9 were able to watch the masterclass and learn from the techniques, tips and performance directions given by Martin Roscoe.
Student's were also given a tour of Steinway Hall where they were able to practice on a range of Steinway grand pianos and use the latest technology to record in performances and have them re-played by the piano both in London and across the globe.
The programme of masterclasses is part of their young talent series and allows children who are grade 7 and above to access high class tuition and use top class performance instruments.
Teacher of Music