Piano masterclass

Using the "Focus Training" method

Lola Totsiou

5 - 11 August

Duration: 33 hours
Working time: 10.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 19.30
Language: Greek, English

Stage Fright: how much does it effect us?
Do we breath correctly when we play music?
Does the music we play, breathe?
In what way does technique serve the interpretation of a musical work?
What depths can the concentration on a sound reach?

A game of questions and answers, an experiential piano master class will be lead at the Music Village by Lola Totsiou, pianist and directress of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.
Aim: the widest awareness in the musical process and the maximization of the artistic potential that each person has.

Through her many years of experience in teaching and performing, the years of training in the method “Soundings” of the polish director Richard Nieoszym and the Satyananda System of Yoga, Lola Totsiou addresses the musical education and performing in a holistic manner. She suggests ways and techniques towards greater concentration and management of stage fright, for the benefit of the artistic creativity and musical output.

Prior to the beginning of the master class an introduction, discussion and some practices of Yoga will take place. During this stage ( aside the registered students ) are welcome artists who already have a carrier, teachers or professors of music who would like to participate as audience to the masterclass.

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Lola Totsiou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. At the age of five years she started with piano lessons. She studied piano at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, the State University of Music Heidelberg-Mannheim, and the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest. Her teachers were Eleni Papazoglou, Christopher Back and Zoltan Kocsis.
Since 1980 she performs in concerts, recitals and chamber music performances in Greece and abroad. In Greece she has performed many times as a soloist with well-known orchestras, such as the State Orchestra of Athens, Municipal Orchestra of Thessaloniki, State Orchestra of Thessaloniki. She has also recorded with the National Radio and Television Orchestra.
She has taken part in international festivals and seminars and she has recorded several performances for the radio and television. She has to her credit numerous first performances of works from the contemporary Greek and international repertory.
During the years she has enhanced her repertory with Jazz works, new music and Indian bhajans.
She improvises, composes and experiments with different ways of musical expression and performance.
She has been a member of the artistic committee of "Helexpo" and a member of critic committees in panhellenic and international competitions of piano and chamber music. She has given lectures on the subjects "The woman soloist" and "Stage Stress".
From July 2010 she became a member of the Αdministrative Council of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and from June 2011 she was appointed by the Ministry of Culture as its new directress.
Due to her inclination towards musical education she taught for more than thirty years at renown music schools and
at the University of Macedonia-Thessaloniki.
From 2005 Lola Totsiou organizes her personal piano and chamber music seminar using the method Focus Training. She approaches the technique and interpretation of piano works by placing emphasis on breath and voice, relaxation and concentration, as well as focusing on the awareness of the body, emotions and especially sound.
To this effect she employs
- The many years of her teaching experience
- The techniques from the method “Soundings” of the Polish director Richard Nieoszym
- Her long apprenticeship in Satyananda Yoga, which has led to her instructors diploma.