Inspirational Piano-Yoga® Club Launch in London!

September 23rd, 2015 — 9:02am

GeniaPianoYogaClubLaunchWe were delighted with the September Piano-Yoga® Club Launch!  Schott Music Shop provided a warm welcome and Steinway grand piano gave a beautiful opportunity for participants to try out various techniques there and then. Having a lovely crowd, with participants including piano teachers and amateur players, we discussed grounding as the main element of any practice, emphasising all the aspects that are necessary for successful piano performance. Trying various exercises, learning about feet (yes feet!), as they provide the foundation for your success, talking about the important role of your abdominal area and, of course, shoulders! The Club over-ran as was expected, but GéNIA was touched with the notes that she received afterwards. The club gathering was truly inspirational and we are looking forward to seeing you at the next one!

Don’t forget that if you have any particular questions or topics that you would like to discuss, please email us in advance and GéNIA will do her best to cover this in her session. The details of the next Piano-Yoga® Club on the 7th of October  could be found HERE!


‘I was one revitalised pianist and a teacher ready with a new range of tools to support and develop her students! Thank you GéNIA, this was a five-star course.’

Karen Marshall, Music Teacher Magazine

Want to know more about Piano-Yoga® Club? Why don’t you visit the Piano-Yoga® club, every 1st Wednesday on the month in London. Click HERE for more details.

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Are Russian piano teachers really that scary?

August 28th, 2015 — 7:06am

Pianist and founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA

Recently, I had a number of my friends reporting that when they mentioned my name to their peers the reaction was usually something along the lines of: “Is she really strict?”; “How scary is she?”; “Is she nice!?”

When this happened the first time, I thought that particular person probably just had a bad experience with a Russian piano teacher, and I didn’’t give it a second thought. However, when one of my student’s friends was shocked on meeting me (I think he was expecting to see a big 60-year-old babushka), that got me thinking…  Another time, a student of mine invited me to come and celebrate his birthday (in a club, of all places), and when we were on the dance floor one of his friends asked, “And where is that piano teacher of yours? I knew she wouldn’’t show up!”  So I just had to introduce myself once again…

Why do English people find us, Russian classical musicians and teachers, so intimidating? I just had to write about this, to get to the bottom of this myth.  When I ask, some say that it’’s because Russian musicians are famous for having the best technique in the world, and Russian teachers are therefore feared for the big demands they make on their students, expecting them to ‘practise 8 hours a day (my grandmother used to say “Four hours in the morning and four hours in the evening””), and for placing them under considerable pressure to achieve the best possible results.

As teachers, that doesn’’t make us unfriendly, cruel or unreasonable; we simply try to teach to the highest level of our ability. Russians sometimes have a reputation for being too straightforward and not very diplomatic. Perhaps…  But if you can accept this and get past it, you may be surprised to find a genuine interest and enthusiasm for conveying knowledge to a student to help them realise their full potential. In my memory, my Russian piano teachers (Sergei Yushkevitch, Victor Makarov and Regina Horowitz – although the latter was my great grand mother), never counted the hours when they were teaching; they gave me and many of their other students as much time as was required to teach them, whether it was one hour, three hours or five… The goal was to educate the student however long it took.

Amongst the most famous teachers in the world who were either Russians or taught in Russia using Russian methods were: Anton Rubinstein, John Field, Alexander Villoing,  Anton Door, Theodor Leschetizky, Vassili Safonov, Alexandre Siloti (the teacher of Sergei Rachmaninov), Heinrich Neuhaus (teacher of Richter, Gilels and Lupu), Alexandre Goldenweiser (teacher of Bashkirov, Berman and Nikolaieva), Konstantin Igoumnov (teacher of Ashkenazy, Davidovich and Feltsman) and Felix Blumenfeld (teacher of Horowitz) to name a few. They were all famous for their principles and total dedication to music and education. Some of them were stricter then others, but they are all warmly remembered by their students all over the world.  I know many current Russian pianists who are both performers and teachers, and I wouldn’t associate any of them with the word ‘Scary’.  Here is an interview with the incredible Russian virtuoso pianist Boris Berezovky, who is the one of the most modest people I have ever met:


So what do you you think – are we, Russian Piano Teachers, really that scary?  The only way to find out is to be open-minded and try a few Russian piano teachers.…

As for me, you can judge for yourself!  : )  Take a look at the clips on the Piano-Yoga® Education Youtube Channel:

It’s now time for my piano practice…



Come to our newly launched Piano-Yoga® Club every first Wednesday of the month 2015/16 to learn more about the Piano-Yoga® method. Click HERE for more details.

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Piano-Yoga® student Philip Alexander Balkan receives Eton Honorary Music Exhibition

August 21st, 2015 — 1:29pm

Philip wins Dulwich Piano Festival

An Announcement in The Times advises us that Philip Balken (one of GéNIA’s pupils) has been awarded an Honorary Music Exhibition by Eton College from September 2015, which entitles him to use the letters ‘ME’ after his name. These letters (standing for Music Exhibitioner) are a title held during the pupil’s time at the school.  His name will also appear on Westminster Under School Honours board for having won the Eton Honorary Music Exhibition.

 This is a wonderful achievement, and we are delighted that all Philip’s hard work and dedicated practice have been so notably rewarded.

Want to know more about Piano-Yoga®? Why don’t you visit the Piano-Yoga® club, every 1st Wednesday on the month in London. Click HERE for more details.

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Piano-Yoga® Club Launch in London!

August 14th, 2015 — 2:27pm


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Fantastic ABRSM results achieved by Piano-Yoga® students!

August 10th, 2015 — 7:35am

Couple playing duet on pianoPiano-Yoga® students actively take part in ABRSM exams and we are very pleased to announce that this year two of our students (pupils of GéNIA) have passed with Distinctions, Grade 1 and Grade 7 respectively. The Piano-Yoga® method of teaching is for advanced and budding pianists alike: ‘It really does work…..many pianists have been helped with this unorthodox and unusual method’. Piano Professional Magazine

Want to know more about Piano-Yoga®? Why don’t you visit the Piano-Yoga® club, every 1st Wednesday on the month in London. Click HERE for more details

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Pianist Magazine Writes Article about Piano-Yoga®!

August 5th, 2015 — 3:56pm

p68_pianist85-for-webPianist Magazine recently spoke to Piano-Yoga® founder GéNIA about the creation of the method and the new Piano-Yoga® Club launching in September!

To read the first page of the article HERE.

To read the second page of the article HERE.






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GéNIA Talks on BBC LONDON 94.9 Radio about The Piano-Yoga® Club

August 5th, 2015 — 7:17am
GéNIA talks to Jo Good on her show at BBC London Radio 94.9

GéNIA talks to Jo Good on her show at BBC London Radio 94.9

GéNIA was a guest on Jo Good Show at BBC London  94.9 Radio on Tuesday, the 4th of August, where she talked in details about the launch of  the Piano-Yoga® Club, what to expect, who is it for and when it will start. If you are considering of joining the Club this interview will give you a great insight (starts from 1:07): LISTEN HERE 

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Congratulations to Edi Bilimoria for winning 2nd prize at Dulwich Music Festival

August 5th, 2015 — 6:58am

We are extremely proud to announce that Piano-Yoga® student Edi Bilimoria (a pupil of GéNIA) won 2nd place at the Dulwich Music Festival, in the adult class category earlier this year.

EdiBilimoriaPicEdi has been a very active amateur on the London Music scene, regularly taking part in numerous performance opportunities in and around the capital.

Edi derives particular enjoyment from performing Liszt, Chopin and Brahms, whom he feels he is closest to. His love and dedication to piano is exemplary and inspiring. Apart from his daily job as a consultant engineer, Edi regularly gives lectures on philosophy and it’s connection with music. We look forward to hearing more of his playing in the forthcoming months!


Want to know more about Piano-Yoga®? Why don’t you visit the Piano-Yoga® club, every 1st Wednesday on the month in London. Click HERE for more details.

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Piano-Yoga® London Club – every first Wednesday of the month!

July 17th, 2015 — 6:00am


Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Piano-Yoga® Club in London! The Club will give an opportunity to learn in-depth about the Piano-Yoga® method, and get advice directly from its creator, concert pianist and composer, GéNIA. Taking place in a heart of London at one of the oldest sheet music stores, Schott Music, the Club will take place on the first Wednesday of every month, starting from September 2015, 7pm until 8:15pm.

The activity of the Club will involve practical exercises tailored for pianists, together with a short presentation by GéNIA (please see the topic schedule), followed by a Q&A session. If you would like to find out more about piano technique, learn strategies for efficient practice, get tips on dealing with stage fright or learn how to keep relaxed during your practice, the Club will give you this opportunity.

Piano-Yoga® method is based on a synergy between the Russian School of Piano Playing and Eastern Philosophies, especially Yoga, and is suitable for professional musicians and amateurs. Whether you are an advanced pianist, teacher or just starting out, Piano-Yoga® has something to offer to everyone. The more advanced you are, the more you can benefit from the method.

We believe that with our simple and holistic approach, which takes into consideration an individual’s physical, psychological and energetic state, one can learn faster and more easily. Everyone is unique, and Piano-Yoga® takes this into account, by teaching you how to learn through utilising your strength, while gently working on strengthening your weaknesses. Whether you have tight shoulders, tension in your arms, rhythm problems, performance nerves or an inability to organise your piano practice efficiently, Piano-Yoga® can offer a variety of solutions, and teach you how to take charge of your own progress.

Attracting like-minded people, we believe that the Piano-Yoga® Club will be a great place for interactive, creative and non-competitive music making. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

2 September 2015: Why we believe in the efficiency of Piano-Yoga® method
7 October 2015: Why relaxation is so important and so good for you
4 November 2015: How to make adrenaline your best friend!
2 December 2015: Transforming concentration in 5 easy steps
6 January 2016: A simple formula for efficient practice
3 February 2016: How your attitude can dramatically influence your playing and win over your audience
2 March 2016: Why Piano-Yoga® chooses exercise with straight fingers
6 April 2016: How correct handling of shoulders can transform your playing
4 May 2016: How to match your practice to your energetic state
1 June 2016: Utilising your body in piano playing
6 July 2016: Topic to be chosen by participants’ suggestions

Time: 7:00-8:15pm

Location: Schott Music Shop, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB

Who will best benefit: Intermediate & advanced pianists, professional musicians & teachers.

Practical Advice: you are welcome to ask as many questions as the time allows; be prepared to take your shoes off for a full Piano-Yoga® experience and to play either a whole composition or a part of it on a day (maximum 5 minutes). Please tell us about your wish to play at the beginning of the evening, and we will do our best to schedule you in, although we apologise in advance, as we cannot guarantee it due to the number of requests we may receive.

Fees: £25 ticket per one visit to the club; £120 – pass for 6 visits to the club, valid for one year until September 2016 (£20 per club), £187 pass for the whole year (£17 per club)

Tickets can be purchased HERE in advance via PayPal, telephone or online banking, or on the day via credit or debit-card or cash.

t: +44 (0) 20 7226 9829

‘It really does work . . . Many pianists have been helped with this unorthodox and unusual method.’ Piano Professional

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Congratulations to Safiya Williams for winning 2nd Prize at Dulwich Festival

June 19th, 2015 — 1:14pm

We are extremely proud of GéNIA’s student Safiya Williams for achieving second place at Dulwich Festival in grades 7 and 8.

This little star has already won first prize at Blackheath Festival in the duet class and second in the 9 and under class. An true inspiration to all the young talented performers and we look forward to seeing Safiya’s progress – watch this space!


Recommend a friend for a piano lesson at the Piano-Yoga® School and once they have booked their lesson, you will receive yours completely free of charge! Click HERE for more details.

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