Maxim Vengerov wants to democratise online music teaching

The virtuoso has a new website.

Here’s the pitch:

 

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  • I applaud Maxim’s continued willingness to experiment and to try new things, especially with the legendary reputation to uphold. It will be interesting to see how well the live remote performance of the Strauss sonata works, with partnership of violinist and pianist reliant on a good internet connection. The mission to democratise online music teaching is certainly a worthy one, and I can only encourage any efforts to innovate when this is something the classical music industry struggles to do. If anyone can pull off a good online lesson, Maxim can – all the existing masterclasses available online are a testament to his willingness to share his knowledge with good humour and enthusiasm. Bravo to Maxim and team, good luck for the launch, and hope to see this initiative grow to include other artists in time.

  • Pinchas Zukerman had similar ideas some years ago about using technology to broaden the reach of teaching. Music teaching will I think not be the only aspect of life that is going to be changed by this pandemic experience for a period of time that will extend beyond concerns about disease and safety.

    Vengerov is a thoughtful guy and I will watch developments with interest.

    Meanwhile not to be nasty but the video credits to Albinoni what was composed by Marcello (for oboe and orchestra, famously arranged by Bach for solo piano).

    • The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki pioneered Video Conferencing Master Classes in the late 1990s. I was priviledged to see a Masterclass given by Pinchas Zukerman to a student at the Sibelius Academ,y an extract which had been used for the European String Teachers’ Conference in Helsinki in 2001. In addition Video Conferencing had been taking place in Scotland for their respective Music Services to Schools, so that visiting instrumental teachers were not spending time travelling such long distances. They were however visiting the Schools in person at least several times a term.

  • David Nelson — The great oboist Leon Goossens recorded Beneetto Marcello’s beautiful “Adagio” in more or less its original form. Edwin Fischer recorded Bachs keyboard transcription of it, adding a four-note moving bass line at the end. Fischer’s student Alfred Brendel does not play Fischers variant in his later version.

  • I WAS just waiting for Angela Gheorghiu to jump into Renee Fleming’s soup, via the Olympic high diving event, once it’s someone else, that had such an exchange at the hospital that when SHE turns around in the air, the stretchables, attached permanently fly around and take care of the competition by way of a space ship, but if you try someplace else, they probably aren’t.

  • Just what one needs, that guy looking like he’s wearing a Holster equipped with enough gun power to shoot anyone dead that sneaks on stage and tries to get in his pants. Oh, I’ll sign up for his “democracy.”

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