Piano practice: Dealing with technical and performance issues

Charalampos Aggelopoulos (Greece)

6 - 12 August

Duration: 30 hours
Working time: 10.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 19.00
Language: Greek, English

The amount of work a music student is expected to undertake is usually vast. Preparing for a degree or a diploma, a competition or a hearing requires a lot of time. We may often feel that the hours of the day are not enough, especially at a time when there is an abundance of stimuli for a young person. But is this true? How much time do we need for practice during a given period and why? How do we use our time efficiently?

It is possible to find a work or part of it particularly difficult. We may often find ourselves studying a few bars of music over and over again and still feel that we are not improving. Sometimes we may even not be sure what we want to hear in the end. We often wonder if a 'passage' is fast and clean enough, if we have good sound balance, if we use the pedals correctly, if we play freely enough or metronomically. But even if we manage to answer some of the above questions, we may still be looking for a way to put this knowledge into action.

These are some of the points that we will approach during this workshop. There will be individual lessons, as well as group discussions in thematic units as per the participants’ request.

Charalampos Aggelopoulos

Aggelospoulos cvCharalampos is a graduate of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, the Hochschule für Musik Köln (Piano-Chamber Music) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Master in Performance).
He has performed solo recitals, concertos and chamber music (Germany, U.K., Luxemburg, Japan, France, etc.), he has represented Greece in international festivals (Nior, Alger, Berlin, Novi-sad) and has won several awards at prestigious national and international piano competitions.
As a soloist he has performed with the State Orchestra of Athens, the Royal Scottish Academy Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Chamber Orchestra, the Apollon Orchestra Berlin, the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Greek National Opera, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the Camerata, the Orchestra of Colours, the Orchestra of Patra, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He is the artistic director of Thessaloniki Piano Festival (www.tpf.gr).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvmGMAwt96Q