December 2020
Absolutely delighted with my students ABRSM performance/digital exam
results this term - three distinctions and two merits.
Well done to everyone! 👏
So happy teacher 🎶🙂🎹

(Two grade 8s, grade 7, grade 5, grade 3 🎼🙂🎹)

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November 2020

 

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Flattered to receive this YouTube comment for one of my Debussy performances :-

"Beautiful, Artistic, Expressive and Musical! Deserves more views and likes. Strange to see other mediocre performance of 'Clair de Lune' are more popular than this video. Performances from Classically trained musicians and teachers like Valentina deserves more appreciation and popularity. Thank you for posting this video."

 

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Just learned that the number of students assigned to me at Southampton University has jumped from 1 last year to 10 this !!!

A mixture of Under Graduates - and Post Graduates !!

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October 2020

From the Archives !! : Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff - (either 20th March or 1st April 1873 – 28th March 1943) was a most famous Russian composer, virtuoso pianist, and conductor of the late Romantic period. Many of his works have long been regarded as classics.
My Masters degree thesis was entitled ‘Nature of intonation and texture of the piano works of S V Rachmaninov’ - and I've always enjoyed performing his piano pieces.
In 2015 at a solo performance of mine in London, 2 of his Great Grand Children were present in the audience - namely Peter and Natalie Wanamaker; who had both flown in from the USA for the event.
To perform for such a celebrated audience was an absolute honour.
It was made even more special when they both - together with the rest of the audience, rose to a person in a standing ovation - given the number of performances they must have heard over their lifetime was a indeed extra special.
From my personal archive - here are 2 photographs taken at the reception afterwards.
Oh - the little 4 year old boy - my now 19 year old son Mark ; who still, to this day, is unaware of whose presence he was in !!

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September 2020

1st of September - new academic year - and new Performance season!

Am happy to announce that I've agreed to be Guest Soloist (again !!) with the Petersfield Orchestra

next March (Thursday March 18th to be exact - subject to Corona virus of course) in a performance of

Saint-Saëns' - Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 - (probably Saint-Saëns' most popular piano concerto).

Also in the program will be

Schuman - Overture Scherzo & Finale

Brahms - Symphony No. 4.

Hope you feel able - even at this early stage, to make a note and put it in your diary .

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August 2020
 
May 2020

BREAKING NEWS!
Just published ; an on-line interview I took part in; conducted by Simon O'Hea of 'Music in Portsmouth' whose website is the area's leading source of the latest classical music listings in and around Portsmouth, Fareham, Petersfield, Chichester, Havant & Hayling Island.

Well worth bookmarking and signing up for their Newsletter!.

Also worth doing is signing up to their Twitter feed.
The article is interspersed with YouTube video links from my personal archive - some not seen before!
I hope you enjoy.

https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/noticeboard/profile-valentina-seferinova-pianist/

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The consequences of CoronaVirus lockdown continue - and probably for the immediate foreseeable future!

Since Easter quite a few more parents have signed up for on-line 1-2-1 sessions for their children ; it's now well over 30!!
During the week we changed our internet provider and upgraded our broadband connection to cope!
Apologies for any hiccups whilst we tweak and fine-tune it as it settles down ; please bear with me. .

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April 2020

Although suspected for some time since the greater outbreak of coronavirus - have just had it confirmed that my scheduled visit to be in a recording studio in France in late May/early June - with others, has now, unsurprisingly, been officially postponed by the sponsor until a later date ; possibly 'sometime in the autumn'. 

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With all teaching establishments closed until further notice - probably for all of the summer term!

With my husband's help - have turned my music room into an on-line teaching facility - with more than 30 of my students from various colleges and university wanting to participate in one-to-one sessions.

But - oh - the days are long !!!

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March 2020

Rehearsing with Noah Chiari (Alto Sax) for last night's Hampshire Music Service show case concert in Winchfield.

Some comments were - that 'we stole the show'!!

Hampshire Music Service

Hampshire Music Service

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Saturday 7th March - 7:30pm - St. Thomas' Anglican Cathedral, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 2HA

I will be a member of the Solent Symphony Orchestra on the piano for the soloists participation.

Programme

Beethoven - Overture Leonora No 3

Canteloube - Songs from the Auvergne - Soloist: Lucy Cronin (soprano)

Brahms - Symphony No 3

 

Tickets: £15, £5 (students), Kids for a Quid and group concessions

On the door, online from Ticketsource or from 01730 601074

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February 2020
It's a sad farewell to a long term friendship of over 25+ years - as my much loved upright Blüthner, which we shipped all the way from Sofia on the back of a TIR/HGV on settling in the UK, goes on the back of a van - on its way to a new home.
To be replaced next Tuesday by an almost new Irmler Studio Grand F172 - again by Blüthner - to join and match my existing Blüthner Grand.
Sad - but Happy Days !!
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For the astute observers amongst you (ha ha ! ), you may have noticed from my website that I've just added Saint-Saëns' "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22" - probably his most popular piano concerto, to my Concertante repertoire.
Have taught this in the past - but never played it with an orchestra in public before.
Why have I just added it to my list?
""Can't say at the moment" - she said mysteriously !!??" 
But in the meantime here is maestro Arthur Rubenstein with the London Symphony Orchestra being conducted by Andre Previn.
https://youtu.be/tVCvJZtzkqQ

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Plans for the year beginning to take on more shape.

High degree of probability that I'll be back in France - again in a recording studio; in the late May/early June timeframe.

CD number 15 is on the cards - subject to agreements.

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January 2020

Monday 27th January - Awards ceremony at Kings Theatre, Southsea.

..... and the Best Classical act award tonight went to Portsmouth Baroque Choir - well done, worthy winners ❤🎶👍
As my husband Mike observed - going up against orchestras and choirs - each with perhaps 50 or 60 members (and family and friends who would vote for them) was always, as a soloist, going to be a tough one !

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Sunday 26th January.

Just accompanied my student George, performing beautifully Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto, 3rd movement for the Winchester Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition 2020.
Wonderful playing and superb feedback, very proud teacher 🙂🎶🎹❤
Keep fingers crossed he gets to the Finals in July!

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Recently received, for the 2nd year in succession, an invite to attend and appear at this years 'World Piano Conference', organised by the 'World Piano Teachers Association' at the end of June and beginning of July.!
Regrettably have had to turn the opportunity down (again!) because of existing pre-agreed commitments on 4th and 9th of July.
Otherwise it sounded interesting and 'cool' !!

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10th January 2020 - Today at Southampton University - the Turner Sims Concert Hall (seating 600+) was my teaching room. A Fazioli Grand Piano (The 'Rolls Royce', the 'Creme de la Creme' of instruments) was my instrument for teaching on and practicing myself !! Here's one of my students. It just does not get much better !

 

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10th January : Tonight is a notable full moon - the 'Wolf Moon' also with a penumbral eclipse.
Today I received this comment on one of my YouTube videos :- "So beautifully played! One of the most gorgeous renditions of Claire de lune I have ever heard. Bravo Valentina!"
So - to celebrate here is Claude Debussy's famous 'Clare de Lune' from his bigger work 'Suite Bergamesque'. I hope you enjoy. 

 

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< B R E A K I N G - N E W S >
I've just discovered that I've been included, (in alphabetic order and the only individual) in the short list of top 6 nominees in the 'Best Classical' section of the Portsmouth News 'Guide Awards' for 2019. ! 
I quote ''Now the top six in each category, from music, to theatre, art and film will go forward to our Guide Awards Night, a glittering gala ceremony at the Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea, on Monday, January 27, from 7pm, where we will be announcing the winners.''
I take the opportunity to say a HUGE thank all those who cast their vote in my favour.  

Details HERE.

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December 2019

I wish everybody a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous 2020.

Here's to good music in the coming year!!! :)

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Have been receiving lots of feedback from my latest Newsletter.
Just received this :- 
"It is my pleasure to vote for you Valentina, your inspired performance has brought much pleasure to me and many others. And through your collaboration I've been introduced to the wonderful Solent Symphony Orchestra. ......."

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B R E A K I N G - N E W S!!


The Portsmouth News 'The Guide' has announced their annual nominations for various categories of the local Arts and Entertainment scene.
In the 'Best Classical' section I am lucky enough to have been nominated (again!!)
The citation reads :- "Valentina Seferinova: The pianist's performance of Ravel’s piano concerto with the Solent Symphony Orchestra and her control of the tranquil and serene solo brought about an atmosphere of celestial beauty."
If you scroll down the Newspaper's website page you will see the nominations - but before the lists is the link to where you can vote.
I would like to think that I could count on your vote - please. 

The article is here = Portsmouth News.

You can vote Here

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I know it's still a while yet 'til Christmas - but a date for your diary ?
In aid of a worthy Charity. Tickets start from £20.
One of my students will be performing ! 

And I also will be accompanying a saxophonist !

Breast Cancer Charity Event
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November 2019
Just been notified of a very favourable French website review of my CD No. 12 - recorded in Warsaw in June of last year.
The full website is http://www.leducation-musicale.com/newsletters/breves0919.html#cd1

Scroll down until you see 'Ludomir Róźycki - Piano Works 2' CD image.

I've translated each paragraph as follows (and am very happy with the final sentence !! :) :) )

Voici une nouvelle réalisation en première mondiale à l’actif du Label polonais ACTE PRÉALABLE et de son dynamique directeur Jan A. Jarnicki. C’est au tour du compositeur Ludomir ROZYCKI, né à Varsovie en 1883 et mort à Katowice en 1953, membre — comme, par exemple, Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) — du mouvement artistique « Jeune Pologne » promouvant également l’art national, bien que manifestement influencé par l’impressionnisme français. Si son talent a joué à plein dans le domaine du poème symphonique, le volume 2 continue à exhumer son vaste corpus pianistique.

This is a new world premiere by the Polish label ACTE PRÉALABLE and its dynamic director Jan A. Jarnicki. It is the turn of the composer Ludomir ROZYCKI, born in Warsaw in 1883 and died in Katowice in 1953, member - as, for example, Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) - of the artistic movement "Young Poland" also promoting the national art , although obviously influenced by French Impressionism. While his talent has played a full role in the field of the symphonic poem, Volume 2 continues to exhume his vast body of piano.


Parmi ses premières tentatives de composition, figurent ses 5 Préludes (op. 2) ainsi que ses 2 Préludes et 2 Nocturnes (op. 3), publiés à Varsovie, miniatures à finalité pédagogique d’une belle facture mélodique. Le Prélude n°2 est axé sur la technique contrapuntique alors que le Nocturne n°3 est plus lyrique, le n°4 Andante doloroso se veut plus tendu. Le CD s’ouvre sur la pièce de la maturité, toute frémissante, intitulée Laguna (op. 36, datant de 1915), imitant les vagues, à laquelle succèdent les 9 Esquisses (op. 39) à finalité pédagogique en 2 Cahiers, pièces intimes aux titres français où la retenue est de mise. Sa Fantaisie (op. 11), de structure plus libre, se déploie sur l’ensemble du clavier et dans toutes les nuances expressives. Quant à la Tance polskie (Danse polonaise, op. 37), elle honore la tradition nationale, avec des réminiscences proches de Chopin. Les Contes d’une horloge (op. 26) égrènent les notes avec suavité.

Among his first attempts at composition, are his 5 Préludes (Op 2) and 2 Préludes and 2 Nocturnes (Op 3), published in Warsaw, miniatures with pedagogical purpose of a beautiful melodic invoice. Prelude # 2 is focused on the contrapuntal technique whereas the Nocturne # 3 is more lyrical, the # 4 Andante doloroso is more tense. The CD opens on the piece of maturity, all quivering, entitled Laguna (36, 1915), imitating the waves, followed by the 9 Sketches (op.39) for pedagogical purpose in 2 Cahiers, plays intimate French titles where restraint is required. His Fantasia (op.11), of freer structure, unfolds over the entire keyboard and in all the expressive nuances. As for Tance polskie (Polish Dance, Op 37), it honors the national tradition, with reminiscences close to Chopin. Tales of a Clock (26) gracefully scribble the notes.


Le CD s’achève sur Italia (op. 50), vaste fresque en 4 mouvements avec deux thèmes religieux : Ave Maria et Campo santo (cimetière, très grave), une Barcarole et, en conclusion, évoque la décapitation de la parricide Beatrice Cenci en 1599. Valentina Seferinova (piano) s’investit pleinement dans les différentes atmosphères qu’elle recrée à merveille grâce à son rare sens du coloris.
Édith Weber

The CD ends with Italia (Op 50), a large fresco in 4 movements with two religious themes: Ave Maria and Campo santo (graveyard, very serious), a Barcarole and, finally, evokes the beheading of parricide Beatrice Cenci in 1599. Valentina Seferinova (piano) is fully involved in the different atmospheres that she recreates perfectly thanks to her rare sense of colour.
Edith Weber

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It can be quite surprising sometimes how unexpectedly one's personal life and professional life can become entwined! Particularly when ones reputation goes before!
Today as part of a visit to the north-east of the country to visit my son, a student at Newcastle University - where I have performed professionally some time ago, and having been recognised - I have been approached to professionally assist in a Master Class event taking place this afternoon !!
Happy to oblige whilst my son is undertaking some project work that is currently engaging him for the afternoon !!

More News of possible performance engagement to follow.

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I know it's still a while yet 'til Christmas - but a date for your diary ?
In aid of a worthy Charity. Tickets start from £20.
One of my students will be performing ! 

Breast Cancer Charity Event

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October 2019

O M G !! ........... I've just seen this !!
Here's an extract :-


"The orchestra then provided the perfect accompaniment for Valentina Seferinova’s sensational performance of Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major”. Her interpretation was in equal measures dramatic, energetic, serene and inspirational.

The opening iconic whip crack heralded an outstanding performance. The first movement fizzed along with stand out solos from the piccolo, trumpet, horn, harp, and a triumphant bassoon section but the breathtaking piano cadenza was the highlight. Many in the audience couldn’t help themselves in acknowledging the excitement of this movement with a spontaneous round of applause as it came to a ferocious full stop.

The sublime opening of the slow movement perfectly reflected the ethereal setting and Ms. Seferinova’s control of the tranquil and serene piano solo brought about an atmosphere of celestial beauty. The peace and calm were symbiotically supported by the sensitivity of the solo flute entry and the haunting cor anglais melody. With the exquisite final pianissimo piano trill, Valentina brought this movement to a poignant and emotionally-charged close.

The last movement once more gives the full orchestra the chance to shine and the atmospheric, jazz-like episodes, shared between piano and ensemble, promote the enjoyment for which this piece is so well known. Valentina’s perfectly presented virtuosic passages brought the first half to a vibrant and celebratory culmination."

Read the full review here :- Music in Portsmouth

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Last Saturday (28th Sept.) night's performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major - very well received ! In fact the whole evening was.
Some of the comments and messages I've received - still being received this afternoon ; some from fellow musicians :-
"Amazing concert tonight xx."
" ... congratulations to the nights' spectacular soloist Valentina Seferinova. Dad and I sat in awe of your playing ..."
"Valentina Seferinova was amazing."
"I still want to know how Valentina can keep all of these works and piano concertos in her head from memory. Mind blown xx."
"wonderful playing last night by Valentina Seferinova 👏😁"
" ... xxxxxx and I and my husband are all stunned by your playing. "
" .. big congratulations to your last night’s wonderful and successful performance ! ! 💐💐💐"
" Huge congratulation for ur Ravel concerto!!!!!!! I enjoyed it very much."
"Brilliant playing, a fabulous concert."
"........, Valentina, you were fantastic!!! 😅"
"What a fantastic concert, Valentina you bring Ravel to life!"
".... fabulous performance from you and the SSO orchestra, it was a hurricane of joyful rhapsody, amazing !"
But it was not just me - the whole Solent Symphony Orchestra was simply superb - not just in the Ravel ; the Berlioz was wonderful; the Mussorgski-Ravel stunning !

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September 2019

Just noticed this FaceBook post by somone who attended the Gala Concert I participated in last night !!

Gala Concert Comment

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Just received this publicity ...

SSO - The French Connection

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Having lost some close family and friends to Cancer I feel it's my duty to support a concert in aid of Rowan's Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal. In addition to being asked to accompany Rachel Newberry in a Premier Performance of composer James Smith's new piece for Flute and Piano entitled 'Papilio' at St. Peter's Church, Petersfield on Saturday evening 14th September, I will be performing a solo piano piece of my own choice.

I've chosen Pancho Vladigueroff's 'песен/Pesen (Song/Chant) op. 21 No 2' - a rare outing for this greatly loved piece ! :)

There's a YouTube video of the time I played this as an encore to an Orchestral audience in 2015.

 

If you would like to donate to Rowans Silver Jubilee Appeal please click this link. Thankyou in adavnce :)

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August 2019

GCSE Results Day !!
Results and reactions flooding in ! 
Have already been messaged by the mother ("We are incandescently proud ...") of one of my teenage students : her daughter has achieved her Music GCSE - 2 YEARS IN ADVANCE !!
Soooo happy for her 

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Returned from holiday to find this phone message from one of my junior students who'd just learned she'd achieved a Distinction in her Grade 6 results !  
Pleased for her beyond words. 

 

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July 2019

Sneak preview of 2nd Movement (Adagio Assai - very slow) of last Saturday evening's Ravel 'Piano Concerto in G Major' with the Brunel Sinfonia. 

 

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Sold Out

The only tickets are likely to be returns or 'no-shows' : maybe worth trying on the door on the night ! Or contact them to be put on the reserve list for any returns. Boxoffice@luminosamusic.com

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Brunel Sinfonia tweet :-
"We're excited to be playing Ravel's piano concerto in G major with the amazing Valentina Seferinova. Concert on Sat 6th July 7:30pm at Redland Hall @RedmaidsHigh. Get your tickets now from @Opus13Music 
#Ravel #summer #piano #pimms"

0 replies . 5 retweets 6 likes

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June 2019
 

Full orchestral program just announced for Solent Symphony Orchestra's Saturday 28th September concert - where I'll be soloist for Ravel's 'Piano Concerto in G major' at St. Thomas' Cathedral, Old Portsmouth.
Berlioz - Overture ‘Le Corsaire’
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major
Mussorgsky/Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Just received publicity info. for my Saturday 13th July evening at St. Peter's Church, Petersfield ....

For more info see my website 'Engagements' page.

Luminosa
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Just caught up with this Tweet doing the rounds ....

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Honoured to be involved.
I announce my participation in Portsmouth's continuing D-Day 75 commemorations on Thursday Evening 20th June.
'Dona Nobis Pacem' ('Grant Us Peace').
I, together with my student George, will take the piano part in a repeat of last autumn's stunning SSO performance of Saint-Saëns 'Organ Symphony'

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Am very happy to mention and promote 2 performance dates involving Jessica Gale, one of my former South Downs College students - who went on to graduate from Surrey University ; and also achieved her 'LRSM' !
I hope you're able to get to one of them :)

Jessica Gale

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May 2019
 

Not yet received any notifications of any 'formal' reviews - but received this unsolicited message from a colleague who had an early copy of my recently released CD number 12:-
"Dear Valentina,
I just have to write and thank you for a lovely CD. I am compelled to write as your performance is so movingly and warmly executed that I had to stop what I was doing to listen to these miniatures. You are so gifted, Valentina, and I am so humbled to have you as a colleague and a friend.
"
Me ? Speechless and overcome !

Ludomir Rozycki

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I feel so privileged, honoured and humbled...


This is what I unexpectedly received in the post a few days ago: 


A copy of Rachmaninoff's - Paganini Rhapsody signed by Stephen Hough himself !!


Such an amazing pianist, musician but most importantly - great Person!


Absolutely speechless, but very happy & thankful!!!


Stephen Hough CBE = British-born classical pianist, composer and writer = Musical Royalty !

More about Stephen Hough here and here.

Here are variations 16, 17, and 18 played Two Pianos/4 Hands - https://youtu.be/iopksG1h6jM

and the hauntingly beautiful and famous Variation 18 only - https://youtu.be/vc-RZ2YuLFQ

 

Stephen Hough Best Wishes
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April 2019

It had been a long tiring intensive recording session (in Paris) to capture Corentin Boissier's "Sonata Appassionata".
After the 'official takes' were finished - Mike asked me for a complete run through - just for the video camera.
Sometimes Mike messes up !! - here's "Out Take #1" !!   

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My latest CD is out!!
It was a bit of a wait, as I recorded it last June in Warsaw, but soo sooo worth waiting for!!! Very pleased and happy with my CD No 12 (Mike reminded me earlier) 
🎶👍🎹🙂 
Big Thank You goes to everyone involved and supporting this fantastic project.

Ludomir Rozycki

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March 2019

Music Exam and Grade results coming in thick and fast at the moment !

It's a fantastically well done to my student Kendra on achieving a maximum 30 out of 30 for the Performance element of her GCSE Music exam. Brilliant !

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Proud teacher and Diploma student George, after last night's concert with the Solent Symphony Orchestra in Portsmouth and their "Sketches of Spain" program !

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Some snippets of my recording Corentin Boissier's 'Glamour Concerto' with the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra, Conductor & Grammy Award winner John McLaughlin Williams, in Lviv, Ukraine at the end of February/beginning of March.

Not all 'takes' are successful ! ...

... but fortunately many are !! :) :)

 

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Whilst I was away in the Ukraine, Edward Chyczewski reminded me that 1st of March was the anniversary of the birth of Frederick Chopin (209 years ago) So here to commemorate is a public performance I gave in 2012 of one of his most famous pieces - Fantaisie in F minor op 49.

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February 2019
 

BREAKING NEWS.
This afternoon (20th February), my student, Jimmy Alderson, achieved Honours (92 !) in taking The Recital Class of Portsmouth Music Festival.
He was also awarded The Clifford Benson Piano Prize for outstanding musicianship and communication.
Well done, Jimmy! Sooooooo proud of you!

Jimmy Alderson

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Congratulations to my piano student Liam on achieving his ATCL Diploma!
He is now officially an Associate of Trinity College, London !
Well done Liam !

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I am the Piano lecturer/music performance teacher/instructor at Havant & South Downs College's award winning Music Department.
2 weeks ago I took part in a 'Show Case' Open Evening event for current and prospective students and their parents/carers in our unmatched purpose built Recital Hall facility.
Here's the link 
Havant & South Downs College Music Department

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January 2019
Just come across these French Newspaper cuttings of 20 years ago about myself and colleague Prof. Emilia Mihaylova - now sadly departed.
And our appearance & performance at Claude Debussy House & Museum, St. Germain-en-Laye, Paris, in 1999 on the anniversary of his birth - a rare honour to be invited for this annual anniversary concert. 
Will be making a professional re-visit to Paris - probably in April this year.
Yup - that's me bottom left in the first one ; and to the right in the second !!
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Spent the afternoon in a 3-way Skype rehearsal with myself here in Hampshire, the French composer Corentin Boissier (on the right of the lap-top screen) in Paris, and the Grammy Award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams (on the left) in the USA. !!
We're scheduled to meet in person in 7 weeks time in The Ukraine - but spent the time agreeing certain details of performing the 2 concertos before recording them for the very first time with Orchestra.

Heidi the dog took it all in her stride !!

 

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It's going to be a very busy year - but am very much looking forward to it !!

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