Wednesday 4th July 2012
A music school which aims to emulate Russian teaching traditions is to open in London.
Belsize Music Academy will combine traditional teachings from Russia while drawing on the achievements of Western European schools.
To mark the opening, a gala concert featuring Peter Limonov, Evelyne Berezovsky, Mark Viner and Alexander Ullman will be staged on July 7. The four pianists, all winners of international piano competitions will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Alkan, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.
A spokesman for the academy, which will be based at St Peter's Church, in Belsize Square, London NW3, said: "The academy aims to be more than just a music school. It will be a concert venue aimed at giving young musicians opportunities to perform in public and audiences to enjoy the concerts, given both by emerging artists as well as established musicians.
"The main objective of the gala concert is to raise money for a scholarship fund which will enable the Belsize Academy to support children, especially those of limited means, who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their music studies, to run master classes and cover the costs of participation in music festivals and competitions."
The Russian tradition encourages good technique and hand positioning from an early start whereas many teachers in the UK believe it can be done later.
The gala takes place at the church from 7.30pm, followed by a reception. Tickets costs £20 with concessions available and can be booked by calling 07733 442383 or online at http://www.belsizemusicacademy.com. Tickets will also be available on the door.