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GéNIA is excited to announce that she will be bringing Piano-Yoga® to Paris!

 GéNIA is excited to announce that she will be bringing Piano-Yoga® to Paris and will be holding Piano-Yoga® sessions on Tuesday 16th May!

Due to popular demand, after the success of Piano-Yoga® sessions in London and Nice, GéNIA will be holding Piano-Yoga® sessions in Paris! The sessions will give the opportunity to musicians and amateur pianists to learn in-depth about the Piano-Yoga® method and get advice directly from its creator, concert pianist, composer and educator, GéNIA. Taking place in the heart of Paris at one of the best piano stores, Paul Beuscher, the Piano-Yoga® sessions will take place on Tuesday 16th May 10:30-18:30.

For further details please visit Piano-Yoga® website.

GéNIA Speaks to Aurelia About Her Life and Work

Probiotic skincare company ‘Aurelia’ recently spoke to GéNIA about her work, balancing the many aspects to her life as a pianist and composer, the importance and handcare as a pianist and some tips on how to relax.

Click here to read the full interview.

 

 

 

 

GéNIA gives great performance at Soundcheque event

Soundcheque Ltd recently invited GéNIA to play at one of their annual Christmas events. It was an unusual environment for a classical pianist – buzzing with rock and pop artists! GéNIA’s performance went down like a storm. She is very grateful to Yamaha Pianos who sponsored her performance by providing a beautiful keyboard.

 

‘It was the first time I played keys. I was a bit unsure about this at first, but the touch was so real and the sound was great. And, most importantly, it made me to connect with the audience in the most authentic way! They were amazing! I am now thinking of performing much more in London clubs’ says GéNIA.

 

GéNIA performed some of her most popular compositions including London-Paris and Mon Amore.

To find out more about Soundcheque Ltd, the company that supplies original and custom-made music for media, film and television and based in London and LA,visit their website.

To find out more about Yamaha in the UK and view their range of a wonderful electric instruments visit their website.

GéNIA’s next forthcoming shows will be announced shortly!

GéNIA Launches her Piano-Yoga® Club in London

Virtuoso pianist and composer GéNIA announces the launch of the first ever monthly Piano-Yoga® Club! The project is a new brainchild of this ‘charismatic pianist’ (Gramophone Magazine) and will take place at the historic Schott Music store in the heart of London.

Pianist GéNIA

Pianist of all levels will now be able to experience the Piano-Yoga® method that was described by Piano & Health Magazine as ‘ the first entirely new piano technique to emerge in over 50 years’  and ‘something radical’ at this new regular monthly Club night. Starting in September and running on the 1st Wednesday of every month the Piano-Yoga® Club will provide a truly unique opportunity to acquire in-depth learning about this unique holistic method from its creator herself, ‘an outstanding musician’ ( The Times) , GéNIA.

Based on a synergy between the Russian School of Piano Playing and Eastern Philosophies, especially Yoga, Piano-Yoga® believes that, with a simple and holistic approach, which takes into account an individual’s physical, psychological and energetic state, one can learn faster and more easily. Strongly emphasising the uniqueness of each human being, Piano-Yoga® teaches musicians how to learn to play the piano utilising their strengths, while gently working on improving their weaknesses. Whether one has tight shoulders, tension in their arms, rhythm problems, performance nerves or the inability to organise piano practice efficiently, Piano-Yoga® can offer various solutions and teach musicians how to be in charge of their own progress.

Paying great attention to the musician’s environment, which can be a lonely existence, especially for pianists, GéNIA believes that the Piano-Yoga® Club will attract like–minded people and become a great place for interactive, creative and noncompetitive music making.

Click HERE for booking details and more information on the all new Piano-Yoga® Club.

GéNIA Talks on BBC LONDON 94.9 Radio about The Piano-Yoga® Club

GéNIA talks to Jo Good on her show at BBC London 94.9

GéNIA was a guest on Jo Good Show at BBC London  94.9 Radio on Tuesday, the 4th of August, where she talked in details about the launch of  the Piano-Yoga® Club: what to expect, who is it for and when it will start. GéNIA demonstrated one of her exercises and played some of her music. For those considering joining the Club this interview will give you a great insight (starts from 1:07): LISTEN HERE 

Faber Commission Music from GéNIA for a New Project

There are more new compositions from GéNIA on their way. Faber Music will be releasing a series of CDs featuring new piano recordings, and GéNIA has been asked to contribute three original pieces to the project. We’re looking forward to sharing them with you!

Founded in 1965 by Benjamin Britten and Donald Mitchell, Faber is one of the most respected music publishers in the UK. It has a very distinguished track record in classical music, particularly with more current artists and composers, and has worked with contemporary figures such as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul McCartney. Like GéNIA, it too believes in the importance of crossing between classical and contemporary!

If you have ever bought sheet music or educative material, we are confident that you will be familiar with Faber. It is a company GéNIA is proud to be associated with, and we feel this collaboration is special.

Alex Chalk

Piano-Yoga® Masterclasses With GéNIA in Monaco & Nice

In addition to GéNIA’s performance next month in Nice, she will be heading to Cote d’Azur for the first time to host two Piano-Yoga® masterclasses! The first will be held on 3rd September in Nice and the second on 4th in Monaco.

GéNIA will share her teaching on the topics of Efficient Practice with Piano-Yoga®; Combating Stage Fright with Piano-Yoga® and Musician’s Body Mapping that will help musicians to learn how to pinpoint their personal strengths and weaknesses (as well as those of their students) and work on those.

Click HERE for more information and to book tickets for the masterclass in Nice.

Click HERE for more information and to book tickets for the masterclass in Monaco.

 

 

 

 

GéNIA Featured in Kings Place ‘What’s On’ Magazine

GéNIA in Kings Place What's on Magazine

The winter edition of ‘What’s On’, the calibrated performance venue Kings Place’s quarterly magazine, features a full page Q&A with GéNIA where she is asked about her love of the piano, how yoga has informed her playing and her performances at the Out Hear event and with Max de Wardener in 2014.

Click HERE or on the image to read the article.

Click HERE to read the entire issue.

Click HERE to read other reviews on GéNIA & Piano-Yoga®

Go to page 66 for GéNIA’s performance listings. 

GéNIA Featured in International Arts Manager Magazine

GéNIA by the PianoThe International Arts Manager Magazine, the only business magazine for the performing arts worldwide, has an in-depth article on GéNIA and how the Piano-Yoga® method came into being. Below is a snippet of what they had to say and a link to the entire article.

The Piano-Yoga concept developed naturally, initially out of necessity for me to stretch my hands. My teachers had advised me to avoid repertoire written for large hands, such as Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Unsurprisingly, I became obsessed with the piece and wanted more than ever to perform it. Faced with the refusal of my teachers to coach me on the piece, I looked for other opportunities. The chance came when I was invited to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Asked what I would play, I said: ‘Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’.

You can read the entire article on the International Arts Manager HERE
You can find out more about Piano-Yoga® on the last Certificate Course at Kings Place in Novembmer HERE. 

How to Find the Best Piano Teacher for You

Piano-Yoga Teacher

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In finding the best piano teacher, there are many ingredients that must be right. Sometimes the best piano teacher for one person could be a complete nightmare for another. Therefore, when choosing the right teacher for yourself, child or even for someone else, it is important to use certain criteria which work over and above professional qualifications and/or a friendly personality.

Below is a simple “TO DO” list I recommend anyone to go through when looking for the piano teacher:

 

 

1) Qualifications
2) Years of teaching experience
3) Main area of expertise
4) Level of Professionalism
5) Personal Compatibility
6) The extent of piano teaching
7) Location
8) Online Piano Tuition

Here is a little more information about each of those points:

Qualification

It is good to have the teacher who studied at one of the major Music Schools and Colleges. If you live in London (UK), it could be The Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Trinity College of Music to name just a few. Why? Because this will guarantee that the teachers who studied at these establishments have been taught well and therefore will teach to high professional standard and will be unlikely to pass on any wrong or ‘unhealthy’ methods to their students. You can indentify which institution someone has graduated from by simply looking at the letters following their name, and later, checking them online. Also, if you can access the teacher’s biography, their degrees and diplomas may be explained further.

Amongst the most established UK qualifications, here are a few examples of Music Degrees:
BMus, MMus, MPerf, MComp, MA, MPhil, PhD, MMP, DMus and Diplomas LRAM, PGDip, AdvDip, ARCM, DipRCM, ADCM , Artist Diploma, , LGSM, AGSM, PGDip, Dip GSM., ATCL, LTCL, FTCL, PGA, PGD . I have used the examples from the main educational bodies – Royal Academy of Music (www.ram.ac.uk). Royal College of Music (www.rcm.ac.uk), Guildhall School of Music and Drama ( www.gsmd.ac.uk) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance ( www.trinitylaban.ac.uk)

Years of teaching experience

This can also be quite beneficial. Although there are a lot of young teachers who can be very good and effective, the benefit of working with a more experienced teacher is that, once a student starts facing difficulties (and believe me, this moment always occurs at some stage along the tuition process), the experienced teacher would be likely to guide a pupil through these difficulties more quickly, whereas the younger teacher may not be able to help so immediately, or at all, whilst stumbling through the blocks. It is also good to get any feedback from past and current students of the teacher in question and, if possible, find out about the teacher’s achievement list (for example how many students won competitions, got high grades, participated in all sorts of public performance, etc.).

Main area of expertise

Some teachers are strictly classical, some do mainly jazz, some do a few instruments. The last group would be the ones I would approach with caution, to make sure that their level of expertise is high enough to teach each instrument. It is also quite good to see if the teacher can play a little bit for you, as then you may know straight away if you would like to learn from this person.

Level of Professionalism

This is a quality that I personally value very much in any area of expertise – it is important that a teacher starts and finishes the lesson on time, clearly explains the fee structure and terms & conditions of the lesson. It is important that a teacher informs a student what needs to be brought to the lesson and what role they expect the parents to play in the students’ education.

Personal Compatibility

This is a very important quality for a teacher to have. It goes beyond just being friendly. The energy and the overall approach of the teacher should match the energy of each student. For example, if the student is in a receptive mode, then the teacher should provide a lot of knowledge, so to be in a ‘giving mode’, but if the student is in a creative and active mood, then the teacher should provide this knowledge through inspiration, by encouraging the student to find an answer for themselves. Experienced teachers should be able to match the energy and state of a student’s mind on each separate occasion. It is very important that both a teacher and a student have a harmonious and balanced energy exchange during the lesson.

The extent of piano teaching

This area often gets overlooked, as all we want at the beginning is piano lessons. However, with the passage of time, some students want more then just an hour of piano lessons per week. They would like to know about performance opportunities, the best competitions, thorough help in choosing piano repertoire, information on the best performers, concerts, etc. If you know in advance that you might require some of the above information, it would be a good idea to ask the teacher if they would be prepared to give it to you. Some of them would be happy, whilst some would not, sometimes purely because of the lack of time and/ or knowledge.

Location

Of course, if you want to learn to play piano, you should try to find the teacher who best fits all the points outlined above, and the best might not be in the area close to you. However, it is important to consider the location as, particularly, if you live in a big city where travelling takes an hour or more each way, taking your child after school on a weekly basis may tire them out, and therefore this is important to consider. In general, from my personal experience, students tend to have more regular lessons with teachers who are close to them as compared to less regular, often prolonged classes with the teachers who live far away. For more advanced, adult players this may not be a big problem, but if you are a beginner, you may want to have more regular lessons on a weekly basis (and this is what I would recommend).

Online Piano Tuition

During the last 5 years, the number of students I teach via Skype has grown. With faster and better internet connection, this method has became possible. I find the benefits of teaching via Skype (apart from obviously the lack of travel) include the fact that lessons become more precise and concentrated, where the camera lets you direct its focus to a specific angle of the hand and/or finger. The drawback is the quality of sound which, of course, will never be as good as the live sound; however it is still pretty decent. For those of my students who live far away from London, Skype piano lessons provide a great solution which should not be overlooked when choosing the best method of studying to fit in with your lifestyle.

To help you further I devised a simple questioner which I give out in my GéNIA MUSIC School and Piano-Yoga® School, to students who enquire about lessons. This helps them and us to choose them the best teacher and the best approach to the piano tuition:

1) List Your Name
2) List Your Age
3) Describe your current piano playing level
4) What is your piano aspiration (perform in public, do grades, learn to memorise, etc)
5) How much time do you have to practice (realistically)
6) How often can you come to your piano lessons (one a week, twice a week, once at fortnight, come when I want to) or would you prefer to do a lessons via Skype? Or would you prefer to do both?
7) What pieces are you playing at the moment?
8) What pieces you would like to play?
9) What pieces you listen to?
10) What type of memory do you have (photographic, symbolic, literary, aural)?
11) How do you learn best (aurally, motorically (by repeating after teacher) visually, etc)?

When you start looking for your teacher, it would be a good idea to finalise for yourself what you are looking for, as this would help you to focus on finding the best piano teacher!

Good luck with your search!

GéNIA

Russian Virtuoso Pianist GéNIA is a founder of Piano-Yoga® Method and is the director of GéNIA MUSIC School and Piano-Yoga® School, both located in Central London: www.piano-yoga.com and www.genia-music.com

 

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