Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 11–16 | Teacher Development Aug. 10–18, 2019 | Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Young Artist Program in Piano

This class is open to senior piano students, and provides instruction in a setting that moves towards traditional music college/university instruction while maintaining roots in Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy. It is expected that these senior players, who provide a role model to other participating students, will join enthusiastically in other Institute events.

Students Eligible:

Pianists who have completed the Mozart, Sonata, K. 330 (Suzuki Bk. 6) or who are working at the Grade 9 piano level or above (RCM or Conservatory Canada). Admission to the YAP program is based on invitation following a successful video audition.

Program includes:
  • Daily public Master Class (half-hour per student) with Anya Alexeyev
  • Daily String/Piano Chamber Ensemble Class or Duo Piano Class, depending on student registration
  • Daily Advanced Percussion class
  • Solo and ensemble performances at the end of the week

Daily Option: (You may choose one option)
  • Bass for Pianists (if you are taking this option for the first time, choose Level 1; otherwise choose Level 2)
  • Flute for Pianists (if you are taking this option for the first time, choose Level 1; otherwise choose Level 2)
  • Music Through the Ages
  • Organ for pianists
  • Improvisation
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In the String/Piano Chamber Ensemble Class, pianists will study and polish a piece of chamber music (working in collaboration with string students) under the experienced guidance of one of our faculty members.

In the Duo Piano Class, pianists will study and polish a piano selection for two pianos. Once registration forms are received, students will be paired according to age and level. Pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply. Please register early to facilitate the process of music selection.

Practice rooms will be reserved on Sunday for those students who wish to rehearse before their first String/Piano Chamber Ensemble or Piano Duo class. Please note that some students will have their first class on Sunday.

Body Mapping:
Students may also register for the Monday evening Body Mapping Seminar and Body Mapping private lessons, accompanied by a parent. Space is limited so it is first come, first served. Accompanying parents and guardians who wish to enrol must complete this separate Seminar application form. Seminar Cost: $40

Music Technology: Students may also register for the Monday evening Music Technology Seminar, accompanied by a parent. This is at the same time as the Body Mapping Seminar so choose only one. Accompanying parents and guardians who wish to enrol must complete this separate Seminar application form. Seminar Cost: $40

Cost: $645 CDN. Optional class extra

Please note that mature students may better handle the audition process and the public master class instruction in the Young Artist Program. While there are no age limits, high school age students may adapt to this somewhat more intense experience more easily than younger children. The regular Senior Piano program is another very rewarding option available for advanced students who are not sure about the YAP or who are not accepted into the program (there is strictly limited enrollment in the YAP).

Application deadline is May 1, 2019

Prepare your video audition, upload to a web hosting service, and email download links to Elayne Ras by May 1, 2019 (no exceptions). See the Video Audition instructions.

NOTE: Audition recordings will not be processed until we have received the registration fee. Some classes will begin on Sunday August 11, and you will be notified via email of the specific times.
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Anya Alexeyev received her education at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russia, and the Royal College of Music in London, UK. She has performed internationally, playing numerous solo recitals, concertos and chamber music with some of the world’s best-known orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony, Vienna Chamber, The Philharmonia, Deutschland Radio, City of Birmingham Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, English Chamber, and Belgian National Symphony.

While maintaining an active performing and recording schedule, Anya is also a dedicated teacher with her students winning top prizes in numerous competitions and earning acceptances into prestigious graduate schools such as Royal Academy of Music, England, Indiana University, and New England Conservatory.

She premiered Paul McCartney’s first solo piano piece, A Leaf, which was later released on CD for EMI Classics. She has performed in all of London’s major concert halls—Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall and Barbican Hall. Anya won The Queen Mother's Award for "the most outstanding contribution to the Royal College of Music." She won First prize at the Newport International Piano Competition, Young Concert Artists Trust, and The Capital Radio/Anna Instone Memorial Prize.

She is a piano professor of the WLU Music Faculty.