As for myself, apart from numerous prizes at various international violin competitions I am a solo violinist with the great experience of teaching the violin. I have been teaching at The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory and the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music for six years. I teach playing the violin, as well as orchestra studies for violinists and violin teaching methods. Most often I teach violinists, but I have also had the experience of teaching violists.
Some of my students have already won prizes at international violin competitions. As for myself, apart from numerous prizes at various international competitions, I have received one pedagogical award: the 2nd prize at the all-Russian competition for teachers of music “Modern art and education” (Moscow, 2010).
I also give private lessons, including Internet lessons.
I offer three options of Internet lessons:
You record yourself playing one piece (or one part of a sonata or a concert) and send me the video together with the scan of the sheet music for this piece. You can make the recording even using the laptop camera. I watch your recording attentively and send you the response video, where I play some fragments of your piece myself. I show and explain to you, what your weak points are. Depending on your level of training, we will be working on your hand position, vibrato, stroke technique, transition from one position to another, style, sound quality, etc. Besides, I will send you the analysis of your performance in the written form in English, German or Russian and give recommendations concerning your further studies.
Whom are my video lessons suitable for?
My video lessons are designed for violinists that have at least basic knowledge about holding the violin and the bow and at least some experience of playing this instrument. But I consider this option to be particularly valuable for students that are preparing for international competitions or orchestra auditions. Video lessons are also a perfect option for students of higher musical educational institutions or students of music schools that would like to consult a good musician, but do not know how to do it. Now consulting a professional at any stage of work becomes extremely easy! You do not even need to leave your house.
Video lessons are not suitable for beginner violinists that have not had any experience of playing the violin. To get a video lesson, contact me and transfer the money via PayPal. If you do not have PayPal, we can discuss other options of payment. Please, provide the following information in your letter: your name and age, how long and how intensively you have been playing the violin, where you have studied, what most difficult pieces you have already played, what pieces you are working on at the moment, what you would like me to help you improve and what you plan to achieve in your career of a violinist.
You should then send me your video and scanned sheet music. If you have not learned the piece very well yet, that’s OK. You can play from music. I will help you!
I often use skype lessons with my students in St. Petersburg when I am on tour. A skype lesson is organized just like a “live” lesson. You play one or several pieces (I recommend to focus on one piece per lesson). I am listening to you playing in the real time, stop you at certain points, share my thoughts about your performance and your hand position and ask you to play the piece again bearing in mind my corrections. During skype lessons I mainly focus on your technique and concert performance.
Whom are my skype lessons suitable for?
My skype lessons are suitable for violinists of all levels, from beginners to soloists. I suggest advanced violinists to choose skype lessons, as they provide them with a great opportunity to practice before an important concert and to put the finishing touches on the piece.
To get a skype lesson, contact me and transfer the money via PayPal. If you do not have PayPal, we can discuss other options of payment. Please, provide the following information in your letter: your name and age, how long and how intensively you have been playing the violin, where you have studied, what most difficult pieces you have already played, what pieces you are working on at the moment, what you would like me to help you improve and what you plan to achieve in your career of a violinist.
Without any doubt, a live lesson with a concert violinist is the best option. I give live lessons in Berlin and Saint Petersburg (I visit both cities almost every month), as well as in Salzburg, Moscow and Lipetsk (I visit these cities not so often). I always bring my own violin to the lesson and demonstrate different ways of playing the same piece, as well as the best strokes and finger notation. As a rule, having seen me play students feel very energetic; they realize, that one piece can be interpreted in a number of different ways, and this is something that motivates them for further training. Live lessons have almost all advantages of video and skype lessons. Many students that take private lessons with a different teacher prefer not to make it public in their educational institutions; this is especially true about Russian students. I can guarantee complete anonymity for those who need it.
However, live lessons have their drawbacks as well. Most importantly, such lessons are not available for those, who live too far away. There are other drawbacks as well: you need to spend time on traveling and traffic jams, it’s harder to record this lesson and watch it later (if you want to do it, you need to bring a camera or a dictation machine with you); the time and the duration of the lesson depend on my concert schedule and schedule of my recordings, the lessons are also more expensive – the cost depends on your level of training. This is something that can be discussed individually.