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An Upper Intermediate to Advanced level course for violinists, combining technical development with an exploration of the demands for a violinist on adapting their playing to work successfully with piano.


Resident: £295 Non-Resident: £215 Code: 20/265

What is the course about?

Experienced duo partners Simon and Mark have decades of experience working on Sonata repertoire for violin and piano. They will guide the participants through the process of understanding the needs of a violinist when thinking about playing with a pianist. What are the implications for intonation, articulation and phrasing? How do you communicate effectively with a pianist? How does the pianist’s perspective on a piece of music change the interpretation? Each day will begin with a group technical session, with scales and basic exercises for both left and right hands. Please bring along a few pieces of your own choosing to work on during the week.

Tutor website: www.simonsmithviolin.com

What will we cover?

Ensemble skills, general musical context and advanced technique

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

More effectively communicate with a pianist, and adapt your playing technique to the needs of the duo repertoire

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

A playing level of Grade 6 or above

Arrive with prepared duo works for violin and piano.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The work will be in group sessions. Players will receive feedback from both tutors, as well as being encouraged to comment constructively on each others performance.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, participants are requested to bring their own music. Helpful resources: IMSLP has a wide range of parts and scores. Benslow Music members may be able to hire the music from our library. Participants are urged to use recent “Urtext” editions wherever possible.

Is there anything I need to bring?

A violin!