Berlin International
Piano Masterclass



with Dr. Yossi Reshef

August 13-18, 2018

About

The International Berlin Piano Masterclass is a summer course guided by concert pianist Dr. Yossi Reshef. During 6 days, Dr. Reshef will work intensively with every student improving their interpretation, technique, practicing methods and performance skills. Each student will be offered five masterclasses with Dr. Reshef and will participate in the  final concert, which will be open to the general public on the last evening of the masterclasses.

Who is encouraged to participate?

  • Students who audition for entry exams in a higher education institute
  • Young professionals who would like to improve their technique and interpretation skills
  • Younger students who are interested in becoming pianists
  • Students who are currently studying in a higher educational institute and are interested in performing their repertoire in a masterclass setting
  • Students preparing for national and international competitions
  • Professional concert pianists who would like to participate in a masterclass setting.

Age limit

There is no age limit but it is expected that the students will be on a professional track and will be able to participate in a masterclass setup, in front of an audience and should be able to perform in the public concert.

Travel and Accomodation

Each student is responsible for their own accomodation and travel. Should you need our assistance, we would be happy to help you find an accomodation in the city in a hotel or in a private accommodation.

Repertoire

Your choice for the Masterclasses can include 3 different pieces, or 6-7 different movements from different pieces and styles. The bigger the variety you bring to the class the better your experience will be. A list of the repertoire we will work on will be published in advance. Students are encouraged to bring copies of the entire repertoire and notebooks, so they could also learn the pieces their colleagues are working on. It is also possible to bring tablets or personal computers with downloaded PDFs of the other student’s repertoire.

Final concerts

The course will include a final concert with all the class participants, which will be open to the public.

Passive participants

The masterclasses will be open to the public. Daily tickets (10 Euro) could be purchased at the entrance. There will be a discounted package for the entire course. There is also an option of taking part of the entire course without playing as a passive participant and to get an advising session with Dr. Reshef. Please inquire with your application.

Special evening classes

Apart from the daily masterclasses, the course includes evening classes for the participants. The topics will be: conducting and theory skills, research, educational options for pianists, deliberate practicing and there will be a special session on professional career development

About

The International Berlin Piano Masterclass is a summer course guided by concert pianist Dr. Yossi Reshef. During 6 days, Dr. Reshef will work intensively with every student improving their interpretation, technique, practicing methods and performance skills. Each student will be offered five (45 minutes) masterclasses with Dr. Reshef and will participate in the final concert, which will be open to the general public on the last evening of the masterclasses.
We are offering two 6 days sessions this summer. It is possible to participate in one of the sessions or in both.

Who is encouraged to participate?

  • Students who audition for entry exams in a higher education institute
  • Young professionals who would like to improve their technique and interpretation skills
  • Younger students who are interested in becoming pianists
  • Students who are currently studying in a higher educational institute and are interested in performing their repertoire in a masterclass setting
  • Students preparing for national and international competitions
  • Professional concert pianists who would like to participate in a masterclass setting.

Age limit

There is no age limit but it is expected that the students will be on a professional track and will be able to participate in a masterclass setup, in front of an audience and should be able to perform in the public concert.

Travel and Accomodation

Each student is responsible for their own accomodation and travel. Should you need our assistance, we would be happy to help you find an accomodation in the city in a hotel or in a private accommodation.

Required repertoire

Your choice for the Masterclasses can include 3 different pieces, or 6-7 different movements from different pieces and styles. The bigger the variety you bring to the class the better your experience will be. A list of the repertoire we will work on will be published in advance. Students are encouraged to bring copies of the entire repertoire and notebooks, so they could also learn the pieces their colleagues are working on. It is also possible to bring tablets or personal computers with downloaded PDFs of the other students’ repertoire.

Final concerts

The course will include a final concert with all the class participants, which will be open to the public.

Passive Participants

The masterclasses will be open to the public. Daily tickets (10 Euro) could be purchased at the entrance. There will be a discounted package for the entire course. There is also an option of taking part of the entire course without playing as a passive participant and to get an advising session with Dr. Reshef. Please inquire with your application.

Special evening classes

Apart from the daily masterclasses, the course includes evening classes for the participants. The topics will be: conducting and theory skills, research, educational options for pianists, deliberate practicing and there will be a special session on professional career development

About Dr. Yossi Reshef

Dr. Yossi Reshef is an international concert pianist, piano pedagogue and conductor. A former student of the legendary Pnina Salzman, (herself a student of Alfred Cortot and Arthur Rubinstein), and a former student and assistant of Prof. Norman Krieger at the University of Southern California, Reshef is committed to delivering the tradition and knowledge of interpretation, style and technique, alongside his own method on technical aspects, interpretation, analysis, sound production, and deliberate practicing methods. Reshef has given concerts worldwide to outstanding reviews in Britain, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, South Africa, Azerbaijan,The Philippines, Taiwan, and a number of venues in the United States including Los Angeles, Boston, San Diego, Santa Fe, and Carnegie Hall in NY. Dr. Reshef has mentored and worked with hundreds of students in masterclasses in such prestigious venues as the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow, the Lodz Academy in Poland, the Baku Academy in Azerbaijan, the Zagreb Academy in Croatia, in many universities in the United States and in all the leading higher education music institutes of South Africa and Taiwan. He is currently residing in Berlin.

For more details please open www.yossireshef.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to sit in all the classes?

Each student is required to sit in at least one of the daily sessions and in the evening activities but it is highly encouraged to sit through the entire course.

Can I bring a concerto?

Yes, it is possible to bring the solo part of a piano concerto. In case you would like to have a second piano accompaniment, please inquire in advance.

 

Can I just bring a difficult passage from a work I am learning?

Yes, it is possible to focus on technique in a particular masterclass, working on a limited number of spots in a piece

Do you offer practicing facilities?

The Berlin International Masterclass does not offer a practicing facility for the participants. We do have connections to practicing facilities in the city and practicing rooms will be offered at at an additional price for the participants. Please include a request for practicing facilities at your application form

Costs

The course fee is 480 EUR per student. This includes 5 Masterclasses with Dr. Reshef, sitting in the other classes, participating in the evening classes and playing in the final concert.
*Your payment for the class should be made as soon as you register or until the registration deadline, this is the only way we can guarantee your participation and reserve your spot.
**50% of the course fee needs to be paid at your registration, in order for us to secure your spot. The rest of the amount needs to be paid until the first day of the class.
We have a small number of partial scholarships available, for students with a financial need. Please inquire at your application.

Application

At your initial application please send us your details and contact information so we could reserve your spot. Following your successful registration, we will send you further instructions, asking for your repertoire and for other details about your participation.

Important dates:

Registration deadline: July 13, 2018

You can still register after the deadline. in case of cancellations or if the class is not full we could consider your application.

Arriving to Berlin:
Please arrive to Berlin at least one day before the beginning of the classes.

Final concert:August 18, 2018 at 20:00 p.m.

Costs

The course fee is 480 EUR per student. This includes 5 Masterclasses with Dr. Reshef, sitting in the other classes, participating in the evening classes and playing in the final concert.
We have a small number of partial scholarships available, for students with a financial need. Please inquire at your application.

Application

At your initial application please send us your details and contact information so we could reserve your spot. Following your successful registration, we will send you further instructions, asking for your repertoire and for other details about your participation.

Important dates:

Registration deadline:
Session I – June 23, 2018
Session II – July 13, 2018

*Your payment for the class should be made as soon as you register or until the registration deadline, this is the only way we can guarantee your participation and reserve your spot.

You can still register after the deadline. in case of cancellations or if the class is not full we could consider your application.

Arriving to Berlin:
Please arrive to Berlin at least one day before the beginning of the classes.

Final concerts:
Session I -July 28, 2018 at 19:30 p.m.
Session II-August 18, 2018 at 20:00 p.m.


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Following your successful application, you will be sent an email with further instructions.