Piano Faculty of Session I in 2013 EMFA Halle

2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy will be held on July 22- August 22, 2013 in Halle (Haendel's City), Germany in cooperation with The Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. 

The Academy will be held divided into 3 sessions for one month.

SESSION I      July 21(arrival) - August 1(departure)
SESSION II     August 1(arrival) - August 12(departure)
SESSION III    August 12(arrival) - August 23(departure)

  • PIANO 
  • VIOLA 
  • CELLO 

  • [SESSION I(Teaching Dates July 22 - 31) PIANO PROFESSORS]

    Prof. Bernd Goetzke, Hanover GERMANY 
    Prof. Jochen Koehler, Halle GERMANY
    Prof. Murray McLachlan, Manchester UK
    Prof. Peter Nagy, Stuttgart GERMANY/Budapest HUNGARY

    *Prof. Bernd Goetzke's class will be open in both Session I and II. 

    *Prof. Jochen Koeherl's class will be open in both Session I and II. 


    Prof. Bernd Goetzke
    At the age of 13, he was already accepted as a student at the Hanover University of Music and Drama, where he studied Piano with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling until obtaining his Concert Soloist Diploma in 1975. Another important phase in his pianistic development was his long association with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who regarded him as his last pupil. He was also participated in Beethoven courses given by Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau.Bernd Goetzke was awarded prizes in several international competitions(Paris, Milan, Epinal, Athens, Brussels, amongst others). Already at the age of 25 he was appointed Lecturer at the Hanover University of Music and Drama and became professor in 1982. Today, Bernd Goetzke is one of Germany's most sought-after teachers and musicians. He teaches a class of young pianists from all over the world, and many of them have become prize winners international competitions. He is Head of the Concert Soloist Programme in Hanover and he holds numerous masterclasses in Germany and worldwide. He is also involved in the training of soloists and the development of young talents outside of the University environment: as jury member of many international competitions (Moscow, Munich, Bolzano, Orlians, Oslo, London, St. Petersburg, Kharkov, Salt Lake City, Shenzhen, Shanghai and many others), for example, or as Artistic Advisor of the Braunschweig Classix Festival and as Chair of a society supporting young artists. Since 2000, he is Director of a newly-founded Institute for highly-gifted children. This Institute, conceived by him, is attached to the Hanover University of Music and Drama and the only one of its kind in Germany. In his concert repertoire the names Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy appear frequently, but also works of 20th century, reflecting his fascination with the stylistic richness and diversity of the period between Late Romanticism and Avantgarde. In the realm of chamber music or concerto repertoire respectively one could mention Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, Scheonberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, the German premiere of Bartok's Piano Quintet, the two Rhapsodies by Gershwin or Skryabin's Prometheus. Bernd Goetzke has also published several articles on subject-related matters (Freedom in Interpretation, Pedal Technique, Bach's Melodic Characteristics, Articulation and Phrasing in Classical Music, etc.). He is a piano faculty member in Euro Music Festival and Academy since 2009 (Leipzig/Klosterneuburg/Wuppertal/Halle). 

    Prof. Jochen Koehler
    was born in Bremen, Germany. His teachers include Luciano Ortis, Alovs Kontarsky and Leonid Brumberg in Bermen, Cologne and Vienna. He was awarde honours for his final exams in piano performance in Germany (Hochschule fuer Music und Tanz Koeln) and in Austria (Konservatorium Wien). In the course of his training he took part in masterclasses given by such well-known pianist as Oleg Maisenberg, Pavel Gililov, Alexander Jenner and Claude Helffer. In addition to his musical education he studied German and European literature, philosophy and pedagogy at the University of Hagen.
    Jochen Koehler has performed as a soloiist, chamber music partner and lied accompanist in many European countries and in Asia(Korea and Japan) and has appeared in important music festivals including Wien modern and Wiener Musiksommer. 
    His numerous radio and TV recordings include the complete works for solo piano of Arnold Schoenberg and many compositions of Prokofiev, Webern, Schnittke, Zimmermann, Stockhausen as well as piano pieces of contemporary composers. 
    In 1991 Koehler played Olivier Messiaens demanding cycle 'Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus' in Vienna's Musikverein. This performance was acclaimed by the Neue Musik Zeitung as an outstanding highlight of the 'Wien modern' festival. 
    At the age of 23, Jochen Koehler became a lecturer at the University of Arts Bremen. From 1988 to 2003, he taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2000, he was appointed as Professor at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, where he had been Chair of the Institute of Music in 2002 - 2004. Since 2010, he holds a professorship at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. 
    Koehler gives numerous masterclasses in Europe and the Far East. Highly regarded as an expert for 20th century music. He was invited to teach at the Arnold Schoenberg Center during the first Schoenberg Academy in Vienna 2009. 
    With his students, Jochen Koehler regularly organizes extradordinary musical projects. Members of his piano classes performed in series of special recitals such as the entire Well-Tempered Clavier, the Preludes and Fugues op.87 of Shostakovich, the complete sonatas of Prokofiev and nearly all major works of the impressionist masters. 
    In addition to his tasks as a pianist and pedagogue, Koehler's main research interests are theory and the history of musical performances.
    Koehler's piano repertoire consists of music from Baroque era to compositions of our time. 

    Prof. Murray McLachlan
    'Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are impeccable, and his tone-full but unforced in the powerful passages, gentle and restrained in the more lyrical- is a perpetual delight' (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE)
    Since making his professional debut in 1986 at the age of 21 under the baton of Sir Alexander Gibson, Murray McLachlan has consistently received outstanding critical acclaim. Educated at Chetham's School of Music and Cambridge University, his mentor included Ronald Stevenson, David Hartigan, Ryszard Bakst, Peter Katin and Norma Fisher. His recording career began in 1988 and immediately attracted international attention. Recordings of contemporary music have won numerous accolades, including full star ratings, as well as 'rosette' and 'key recording' status in the Penguin Guide to CDs, and 'Disc of the month' and 'Record of the month' in 'Music on the Web' and 'The Herald'. MaLachlan's discography now includes over forty commercial recordings, including the complete sonatas of Beethoven, Myaskovsky and Prokofiev, the Six concertos of Alexander Tcherepnin, the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Rodion Shchedrin, Ronald Stevenson's 'Passacaglia on DSCH' the major works of Kabaleysky, Khatchaturian and the complete solo piano music of Erik Chisholm. McLachlan's repertoire includes over 40 concertos and 25 recital programmes. He has performed the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle four times, as well as the complete piano music of Brahms. He has given first performances of works by many composers, including Martin Butler, Ronald Stevenson, Charles Camilleri, Michael Parkin and even Beethoven! He has appeared as soloist with most of the leading UK orchestras. His recognition has been far-reaching, bringing invitations to perform on all five continents. At the same time he continues to give numerous concerts and masterclasses in the UK. McLachlan teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester where he has been Head of Keyboard since 1997. He is the founder of the Manchester International Concerto Competition for young pianists as well as the Founder/Artistic Director of the world famous Chetham's International Summer school and festival for Pianists, Europe's largest summer school devoted exclusively to the piano. As a teacher McLachlan continues to be very busy and in demand. Many of his students have won prizes in competitions and continued with their own successful careers as performers.Murray McLachlan is editor of 'Piano Professional' Magazine, as well as Chair of the UK section of the European Piano Teachers' Association(EPTA UK). As well as performing and teaching, he is well known internationally for his numerous articles on Piano technique and repertoire. This includes extended columns which have appeared in 'International Piano', 'Pianist', and 'Piano' magazines.In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Dundee for outstanding services to music and education. This follows on from a knighthood awarded in 1997 by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in recognition of his services to music in Malta. 

    Prof. Péter Nagy
    The first prize in the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition launched virtuosic pianist Péter Nagy into a remarkable international career at a young age. Nagy had been admitted at age eight to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and at age eleven he won second prize of the International Concours in Usti nad Labem (Czechoslovakia). In 1980, he was acclaimed at the Bordeaux Festival of Young Soloists and on the Bratislava International Rostrum for Young Interpreters.
    Nagy’s concerts include tours throughout Europe, performing concertos and solo recitals in Finland, Yugoslavia, Germany, Greece, Russia, throughout former Soviet Union, France,where he has performed at the Louvre in Paris, and London at the Wigmore Hall, as well as many other engagements. His worldwide concert tours include recitals in New York at the 92nd Street Y, in Australia at the Sydney Opera House, in New Zealand and throughout Japan. Among his concerto engagements in Japan were appearances as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed at major music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan and in China: among these are Llandoff, Kilkenny, Athens, Bastad, Blonay, Beijing International Piano Festival,Divonne, Edinburgh, Eisenach, Fayetteville, Turku, Helsinki, Kuhmo, Nelson, Moritzburg, Dresden, Aix-en-Provence, Stresa, Stockholm, Syros, Davos, Ojai and the Marlboro Music Festival.
    Nagy regularly performs as a chamber musician, including concerts with partners such as the New Zealand String Quartet, Biava String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Zoltán Kocsis, László Polgár, Miklós Perényi, Leonidas Kavakos, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Pergamenschikow, Charles Neidich, Nobuko Imai, Nathalian Rosen,Jan Vogler, Tanja Becker–Bender, Hakan Rosengren, Ruggiero Ricci, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, and Colin Carr, to name a few.
    He is also active as a teacher, holding a position as Professor of Piano at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he was the head of the Department from 2006 to 2011 as well as Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. He has been regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar and at the Tokyo Toho Gaugen College . Recent achievements include a performance of the Ligeti piano concerto in Budapest. Nagy has recorded for Hungaroton, Delos, Naxos, BIS and ECM labels. In 2001 he received the prestigious Liszt Award.

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