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Piano

Alexander Lubiantsev - Piano Summer Camp 2019

Alexander Lubyantsev was born into a family of musicians on the 27th of December, 1986 in Roschino, near Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. His mother and sisters were pianists, and his father was the director of the local music school. Displaying prodigious abilities from a very early age, he began to study the piano with his mother. Soon after he continued studying in music schools in Saint Petersburg and began to perform in public. By the age of 8 he had already won a competition and would go on to win twelve prizes in the following years. At age 11 he first performed with orchestra, playing Chopin’s First Concerto with orchestra in a competition, followed by Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto at age 14 in a regular concert. At age 17 he participated in the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition where was awarded fifth place along with two special prizes for the “Best performance of a work by Liszt” and “Best performance of an Etude by Liszt.” During adolescence, he studied at the Moscow Central Music School with Kira Alexandrovna Shashkina, the teacher of many significant pianists, including Mikhail Pletnev. From 2004-06 he lived in Hamburg, Germany, where he studied with James Tocco, before returning to Russia to study with Nina Seregina at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and Viktor Portnoy at the Petrozavodsk Conservatory.

In 2007 Lubyantsev came to international attention after winning the bronze medal (no first prize awarded) at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. According to the newspaper Pravda, “the hall immediately fell in love with this delicate, young man…calling him an angel,” and “listened to him with their breath held.” The newspaper concluded that Lubyantsev “was one of the most unusual pianists of the competition, and became its revelation and discovery.” After the competition, jury member Dmitri Bashkirov remarked that Lubyantev’s playing had a “fresh and fantastical manner.” Lubyantsev began to receive invitations to perform internationally.

The hall immediately fell in love with this delicate, young man, who lacked the affectations of a hardened performer, calling him an ‘angel.’… Lubyantsev was one of the most unusual pianists of the competition, and he became its revelation and discovery. (Pravda, 2007.7.3-4)

 

In his interpretation no detail is by accident, but at the same time, his interpretation consists of completely unexpected, novel, and justified solutions. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2011.6.18)

 

Lubyantsev can play fast and loud with the best of them, but he also has a highly distinctive way with a phrase, and plays some of his solo passages so delicately that they sound like a private reverie. His technique is dazzling, with octaves of staggering speed and fingerwork of brilliant accuracy. (Seattle Times 2014.1.17)

 

A superb pianist with a deep understanding of the composer, giving a sense of the music and the composer’s wishes first, not a bombastic, self-aggrandizing approach. (City Arts Magazine, Seattle, 2014.1.17)

Piano & Complementary Piano

In addition to the piano class, also students whose main instrument is not the piano, receive individual complementary piano lessons. The piano, a polyphonic instrument with almost orchestral possibilities, is the best means for understanding the specific repertoire of each instrument and the overall understanding of the harmonic aspects. This subject offers a general view of the instrument to all those musicians who are not pianists.

The pedagogical approach focuses on the development of a basic piano technique and on the interpretation of works of different styles. Reading is applied to the keyboard as a harmonic and melodic tool, and other fundamental aspects such as practical harmony exercises, chords and harmonic links.

Roumen Kroumov - Piano Teacher

Born in Bulgaria on October 13, 1969, Roumen Kroumov studied piano at the High School of the National Academy of Music in Sofia, where he obtained a “gold medal”. He then perfected with masters such as Lazar Berman, Alexis Weissenberg, Claude Helffer, Ventsislav Yankoff, Bruno Canino, Germaine Mounier. His specializations cover the areas of piano solo and chamber music as well as pedagogy. Since 1996, he has been living in Switzerland.
During his career, Roumen Kroumov has been the winner of numerous piano, chamber and composition competitions, including the Grand Prix of the International Academy of Arts in Paris, as well as the Special Prize of the Plovdiv International Festival of Arts, …
As a soloist or chamber musician, Roumen Kroumov has performed in over 1000 concerts internationally, including Austria, England, Italy, France, Belgium, Russia, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic. ..
Since 2011, Roumen Kroumov is expected to perform regularly in China; he has been a guest of the prestigious China NCPA Orchestra to perform Yin Chengzong’s The Yellow River Piano Concerto and Chu Wanghua under the direction of Zuohuang Chen at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing. In 2018, he presented the same invited concerto by the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra at Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall.
Experienced in the field of accompaniment, and for the benefit of a very broad repertoire, Roumen Kroumov worked in many opera houses and collaborated with many international opera artists such as Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson, Juan Pons, Noemi Nadelmann, Elena Mosuc, Patrizia Ciofi, Xiu Wei Sun, Alberto Gazale, … He worked in Neuchâtel on several productions of L’avant-scène opéra, as well as at the Festival d’Avenches. He collaborates every year at the Menhuin Festival of Gstaad.
In recent years, Roumen Kroumov has been the accompanist of the soprano Xiu Wei Sun, with whom he performs on the most important stages.
His interest in pedagogy and access to music for a wide audience led him to adapt works such as Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Tchaikovski’s The Nutcracker, Jacques Offenbach’s The Brigands, Oberon Carl- Maria von Weber, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida or Der Weis der Weisen (music by various composers) for the children of the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.
An experienced piano teacher, Roumen Kroumov has taught since 2005 at the Obersimmental-Saanenland Music School; Among other things, he develops projects with his amateur pupils around the adaptations he himself makes of works from the great repertoire.
Internationally, he regularly gives master classes, invited in particular by Steinway & Sons.
Roumen Kroumov has made numerous radio and TV recordings, notably in Switzerland for Espace 2 and SF1, but also for Bulgarian, Polish, German, Austrian, Chinese television … performing piano repertoire or personal performances. .