Gnesins piano head Sergey Senkov gives Trinity Laban masterclass

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Professor Sergey Senkov, Dean of the Piano Department at Gnesins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, will play pieces by Rachmaninoff at a special one off concert to celebrate the composer's 140th birthday at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on Wednesday 12 June at 12.30pm. The concert will be followed by a masterclass for Trinity Laban's piano students.

Sergey is visiting the UK at the invitation of Deniz Gelenbe, Trinity Laban's Head of Piano, who instigated the dialogue with Gnesins during a visit to Moscow in December 2012. Trinity Laban and Gnesins signed a Memorandum of Co-operation in March, which recognises the intention of the two organisations to establish a relationship in order to co-operate in a broad range of areas and to work for mutual benefit, including collaborative activities.

Deniz said she was delighted with the strengthening of ties between the two:

''I was most impressed by Sergey Senkov's inspirational teaching when I visited his class in Moscow. We are delighted by this inaugural visit which will create a bridge between our institutions. It will be a great privilege to host him at our conservatoire and have our pianists benefit from his knowledge and experience.''

The recital will be followed by a masterclass at 3.00pm, which is also open to the public, during which Sergey will share his expertise on Russian repertoire with advanced Trinity Laban piano students. He will then teach at Trinity Laban over the following two days, lending his knowledge to piano students from the full range of under- and post-graduate courses offered at the Conservatoire.

Since its founding in 1895, the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music and its musicians have had a profound impact upon the musical life of Moscow, Russia and the world. The unique educational approach and atmosphere created by the Gnesin family has gained a worldwide recognition. Relying on a traditional approach, the Academy seeks to develop new musical understanding and concepts in accordance with the spirits of the times.

Sergey Senkov comes from a musical family. His grandmother was a piano student of Arseny Koreschenko, his mother studied piano at Gnesin's and his father also played piano. Sergey was a prize winner of the All-Union Piano competitions twice, in Leningrad (1977) and Moscow (1983).

In 1980 he joined Gnesins as a member of the teaching staff and in 2003 he became Dean of the Piano Faculty. He is a member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) and vice-president of the A.N. Scriabin Foundation. He continues to give concert performances and masterclasses in Russia, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Mexico, South Korea and has been a judge of many musical competitions in Russia and abroad.

The programme

Moments musicaux, Op.16

No 1 Andantino in B flat minor

No 4 Presto in E minor

2 Preludes, Op. 32

Tchaikovsky Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1 (arr Rachmaninoff)

Sergey Senkov's own transcriptions of two Rachmaninoff Romances

Rachmaninoff's transcription of Tchaikovsky Luluby;

Études-Tableaux No. 8 in G minor, Op. 33

Études-Tableaux No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 33

Études-Tableaux No. 6 in A minor, Op. 39

Études-Tableaux No. 2 in C major, Op. 33

Études-Tableaux No. 3 in C minor, Op. 39


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