Sunday, August 11, 2013

London Piano Institute Pays Tribute to the Great Pianist Dinu Lipatti

London Piano Institute founder and master piano teacher Celine Gaurier-Joubert cites Romanian-born Dinu Lipatti as her favourite pianist of all time. London Piano Institute believes that all pianists owe a debt of inspiration to the great artists who have come before, and Lipatti has earned that distinction.

Born in Bucharest in 1917 to a violinist father and piano teacher mother, Lipatti quickly took to the piano and even performed a Mozart minuet at his own baptism as a young child, only slightly older than an infant. Later a 16-year-old pupil at the famed Bucharest Conservatory, Lipatti entered the 1933 Vienna International Music Competition and tied for second place. According to London Piano Institute, the primary judge was outraged that he did not win outright and arranged for him to study at École Normale de Musique (where Celine Gaurier – Joubert herself studied) in Paris, one of the leading centers for piano studies in Europe.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Celine Gaurier-Joubert of London Piano Institute Discusses Chopin’s Musical Contributions

London Piano Institute
Q: Who was Frédéric Chopin?

Celine Gaurier-Joubert, London Piano Institute: Frédéric Chopin was a Polish virtuoso pianist and composer. In fact, he is widely heralded as one of the most brilliant piano composers in history. Chopin was born just outside of Warsaw, where he also received his musical education. Chopin composed many of his finest works before he left Poland at age 20, right before the November Uprising of 1830.

Q: Was there a common thread in Chopin’s work?

Celine Gaurier-Joubert, London Piano Institute: Most of Chopin’s pieces are arranged for solo piano. However, he wrote a few chamber pieces and two piano concertos as well. Plus, he composed some songs with Polish lyrics. Chopin is noted for his invention of the instrumental ballad, along with making several advancements in the art of piano music.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

London Piano Institute: The Importance of Playing in a Chamber Music Setting

London Piano Institute has found that for its students, playing piano is often a solo venture. While many other musicians perform in an orchestra or band, pianists usually perform alone. As a leader in piano instruction in the London area, the Institute has found that chamber music provides budding pianists the perfect opportunity to enjoy making music in a group.

Unlike other orchestral settings, a chamber music gathering involves a relatively small group of musicians, all gathered in a small music hall. Most pianists find that performing as part of a small group is dramatically different from performing solo, with each performer working together to create the desired sound. London Piano Institute has learned that throughout history, participating in a chamber experience has been inspiring to many artists, including some of the most talented pianists of all time.

Monday, August 5, 2013

London Piano Institute: Listening to Different Pianists Expands Musical Knowledge

According to the London Piano Institute, it doesn’t matter whether a student is just beginning to play the piano or has been playing for a while, it’s important to listen to professional pianists in a variety of musical styles.
Q: Why is it important to listen to great artists on the instrument you play?

London Piano Institute: There are a number of reasons. Listening to them helps you understand and appreciate what good playing sounds like. It also helps to hear how various musicians interpret great works of music.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Testimonials: London Piano Institute on Teaching Adult Beginners

When came to London Piano Institute I didn’t even know if I could learn to play the piano. The main reasons why I decided upon Celine Gaurier-Joubert and the London Piano Institute were because they focus on teaching adult beginners. Also the lesson times and location are quite convenient for me. Celine’s expert, articulate style and her passion for music make my lessons at London Piano Institute an absolute joy.

The London Piano Institute has kept me motivated and I would definitely have no hesitation in recommending Celine Gaurier-Joubert to anyone. – Sueli

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