Masterclasses in Piano Performance

On July 11, masterclasses at the Great Hall of JVLMA will be given by Sir András Schiff.

The phenomenal intelligence of Sir András Schiff not only inspires his audiences through memorable interpretations, but also dazzles the young pianists who have had the opportunities to study with him in masterclasses at the most prestigious academies and festivals of the world.

The young British pianist Martin James Bartlett, whose performance was enjoyed by the audiences of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival 2019, comments his interaction with Sir András Schiff: “My first experience of working with him was on Schubert’s impromptus Op. 90. The memory of that class and how my interpretation was transformed still stays with me. One can study a work with great detail and to a very high standard, but when presenting it for Schiff there is always more to explore. His ability to incorporate both scholastic and artistic mastery and communicate that so eloquently to a student is an eye-opening experience for anyone in attendance. His unerring insight, passion and extraordinary wit never ceases to inspire me.

Yeomen at the Musicians’ Company and one of the young artists represented by the Keyboard Charitable Trust in London, pianist Hin-Yat Tsang recollects his experience: “An afternoon with Sir András is all one needs to understand the pre-eminence of this phenomenal musician. This was the one experience in my career so far that had me in absolute awe, and one I will never forget. It was not only Schiff’s mastery of the instrument that was truly sublime, but also the coherency of his expansive knowledge between historical evidence and musical understanding, I daresay, that is second to none. Sir András’ grasp of the many musical genres and his ability to link and combine them to the work being focused at hand was simply jaw-dropping. Being able to experience all of this and work with him was simply an honour and I am most grateful.


The exceptional Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsness will work with the promising young piano performers on August 30 at the Great Hall of JVLMA.

The direct, but open and positive character of the experienced piano performance star draws to him students from all over the world. The actively performing concert pianist and the 1st prize winner of the International Jazeps Vitols Piano Competition 2017 Marina Kan remembers the collaboration with Leif Ove Andsness: “Practicing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Beethoven’s Hammerklavier with Leif Ove Andsnes was a great experience – he inspired me with his philosophical ideas about music and art, his knowledge about the instrument’s physical and musical possibilities, and with his kind and warm approach during lessons.

The upcoming Norwegian pianist Julie Yuqing Ye says: “I often find myself thinking back to the masterclasses I’ve had with Leif Ove Andsnes. They were the kind of lessons that you keep learning and getting inspiration from, even 10 years later.

Portrait Leif Ove Andsnes, Berlin