Trinity Laban and Gnesins Russian Academy of Music celebrated a new Memorandum of Co-operation with a series of masterclasses in June by Professor Sergey Senkov, Dean of the Piano Department at Gnesins.
Deniz Gelenbe, Trinity Laban's Head of Piano, who instigated the dialogue with Gnesins during a visit to Moscow in December 2012, said the memorandum would have long ranging benefits for students of both organisations:
''I was most impressed by Sergey's inspirational teaching when I visited his class in Moscow, and I was delighted to host this inaugural visit and for our pianists to benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience.
"The memorandum recognises the intention of Gnesins and Trinity Laban to establish a relationship in order to co-operate in a broad range of areas and to work for mutual benefit, including collaborative activities, and we look forward to more joint activities over the coming year."
Professor Senkov presented an all-Rachmaninoff programme at his recital, in celebration of the composer's 140th birthday, and gave a masterclass to the advanced Trinity Laban piano students. Professor Senkov then generously continued to teach for a further 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.
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