AMEB Qld is excited to announce that Natasha Vlassenko Head of Keyboard at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) and Oleg Stepanov Head of the Young Conservatorium Piano Program and Senior Lecturer at QCGU, will be hosting a Russian Piano School Masterclass in Ashgrove on Sunday 24 June 2018 at 2pm.
Natasha Vlassenko has performed in Australia and the territories of the former USSR as well as playing and giving masterclasses in Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea and New Zealand.
Born in Moscow, Natasha graduated from the Central Music School of Moscow Conservatory under Eleonora Musaelyan, and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Jakob Flier. She later pursued her postgraduate studies with her father Professor Lev Vlassenko.
As a student she was awarded the prestigious Tchaikovsky Scholarship. She went on to win major prizes in international competitions, including the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna and the Busoni International competition in Bolzano, Italy.
Natasha has played under the baton of conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Gennady Rozdestvensky, Karl Osterriher, Vladimir Verbitsky, Karl Martin, Edvard Chivzel, Veronica Dudarova, Richard Hickox, Grant Huvellin, John Curro and others.
Before coming to Australia, Natasha taught at the Central Music School of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Oleg Stepanov has performed as both a soloist and ensemble player in the USSR, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Cuba, China, Japan and Vietnam. He has also featured on radio and television. For several years he performed in ensemble with internationally renowned cellist Daniel Shafran, giving numerous recitals all over the world. Oleg has conducted Masterclasses in many countries including Russia, Latvia, Germany, Austria, Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
Oleg won First prize and Grand Prize at the prestigious international competition “Music de chamber” in Florence, Italy. Born in Riga, Latvia, Oleg studied at the Riga Music College with Professor Lifshits. He continued his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Lev Vlassenko and later taught there as an Assistant Professor.
During their years of teaching at the QCGU and Young Conservatorium, Natasha and Oleg have produced many successful graduates, with a number of their students the winners of major National and International Competitions.
The Masterclass will see Natasha and Oleg:
- lead a discussion on piano technique, including hand position, distribution of weight, tone production, legato and staccato playing, and phrasing
- provide open lessons for select candidates preparing for Level 2 AMEB examinations
- answer questions about piano technique
- undertake informal discussions with attendees over afternoon tea.
The candidates will be workshopping music from the AMEB Series 17 gradebooks.
If you are interested in attending this free Masterclass, please RSVP now to firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3634 0933 as places are strictly limited.