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Holistic Day for Pianists with Melanie Spanswick & GéNIA in London on Sunday 16 July 2017

May 18th, 2017 — 4:02pm

Following numerous requests, we are delighted to announce Holistic Day for Pianists, which the founder of Piano-Yoga® GéNIA will be bringing to you together with the pianist, educator, composer, author and judicator Melanie Spanswick.

Melanie and GéNIA met in 2012, and immediately recognised their shared beliefs; helping piano students to realise their true potential by offering holistic technical and musical guidance, and thereby encouraging a different approach to piano playing. Subsequent workshops and projects have followed, and now we are delighted to present a complete holistic piano day which will explore several important elements; incorporating the physical flexibility and relaxation techniques employed in Piano-Yoga® with the mental mindfulness required in memorisation and sight-reading.

Holistic Day for Pianists is an exciting all-day event for amateur pianists, music students, piano teachers and young musicians from the age of 13. For the schedule of the day, further information and to find out how to book please visit our website or click on the poster below.

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Congratulations to Lila Erol, a pupil of GéNIA, for winning The Junior School of the Year award!

March 28th, 2017 — 3:26pm

Lila Erol

We were delighted to find out that GéNIA’s student, Lila Erol, was awarded The Junior School of the Year 2017 award from Francis Holland School, Sloane Square.

The award was given as a result of the Funny Davies competition, with over 130 solo and ensemble performances. Amongst the performances were traditional Greek song, a Russian march, native American music, a French lullaby, Italian opera and Spanish dances. The girls also covered just about every musical genre – ancient plainsong, a Baroque concerto, Romantic piano music, film music, Jazz and Blues, musical theatre and even had a rock band!

Funny Davies Award

Funny Davies Award

The Junior School Musician of the Year 2017 shield was awarded to Lila Erol, in Year 6, who moved her audience with her mature, sensitive and and technically assured rendition of Frédéric Chopin’s ‘Prelude in E minor’ op.28, no. 4.

We are delighted here at Piano-Yoga®, and look forward to more performances from this talented young lady!

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Pupil of Piano-Yoga® wins Trophy from Woodely Festival as the most promising performer!

April 28th, 2016 — 2:33pm

WoodelyFestTropheyCongratulations to Catherine Lieben, a student of Piano-Yoga® and a pupil of GéNIA, for winning the Wendy Wilson Trophy from the Woodely Festival of Music and Arts 2016. The trophy is awarded to the most promising performer in the adult class. Catherine was performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in B minor, Op.32 No. 10.

Catherine has been studying with GéNIA for over five years and regularly takes part in many music festivals across the UK.

For more information on the Festival please see their website www.woodelyfestival.org.uk

The next Piano-Yoga® students’ concert will take place on the 23d of July 2016 at Schott Music, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB at 6:30pm. At the concert there will be an opportunity to listen to many students studying the Piano-Yoga®method, including Catherine Lieben, and meet them after the concert.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Piano-Yoga® founder GéNIA’s Show at St James Theatre London Just Announced

February 17th, 2016 — 2:27pm

GéNIA’s latest project, the single released especially for Valentine’s Day, features a classical piano arrangement of  ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele and takes it to a global classical audience.

GéNIA will hosting a show at St James Theatre London premiering ‘Someone Like You’ and play many of her own works intertwined with well-known classics.

Tickets available shortly

“…one to watch…”

The Observer, UK

 

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Very Successful Piano Concert of Piano-Yoga® Students!

December 14th, 2015 — 10:19pm

SubstandardFullSizeRenderWe had a fantastic concert of GéNIA’s students at Piano-Yoga® School (Concert No 22!)  last weekend. Students ranged from age 7 to over 60 and the programme included works by JS. Bach, F. Chopin, F. Poulenc, M. Ponce, A. Ginastera, C. Debussy (Petite Suite for 4 Hands) and S Rachmaninoff (Suite No.2 for Two Pianos).

GéNIA also took part and Premiered her composition for solo piano ‘Midnight Dream’.

As usual the party at Schott Music Hall continued with the afterparty at one of the beautiful French restaurants in Soho. The students and their guests had a great time!

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Regular bi-annual concerts became a great tradition at Piano-Yoga® School, as GéNIA believes that through public performance one can really learn the piece. ‘You usually need to perform the piece up to five times in public, before you can confidently say that you have learned it.’ says GéNIA.

 

 

FullSizeRender-2Now we are looking forward to a fresh start in 2016 and the next concert scheduled for June!

The concerts provide an excellent platform not only for learning the pieces, but also for practising to perform before important exams and other performances. Our guests usually come from all walks of life ( sometimes literally people who are wandering in the shop at that moment) and it gives students a fantastic incentive and feeling of achievement.

Piano-Yoga School Students ConcertIf you would like to become a student at Piano-Yoga®, you are welcome to visit our concerts or simply send us an email to arrange a consolation for you.

 

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Piano-Yoga® Club Launch in London!

August 14th, 2015 — 2:27pm

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

July 17th, 2015 — 6:00am

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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!

Schedule:
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.

Contact:
e: info@piano-yoga.com
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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Piano-Yoga® Founder GéNIA releases video of ‘Paganini Jazz’ performance

May 13th, 2015 — 3:05pm

This video, recorded in September 2014 in Nice, France, is a great opportunity to see and hear GéNIA at her most virtuosic. Paganini Jazz is a demanding piece, and with a very clear view of the piano keyboard, the video offers a window into how GéNIA approaches this challenge. For those who want some insight into her technique, this is footage that can be carefully studied.

Paganini Jazz StillIt is also a chance to hear how GéNIA handles Jazz; something of a departure from both her classical repertoire and her songwriting. That the answer is ‘very well’ is evident from the way she navigates the contrasting moods of the piece, and manages to maintain such a smooth playing style even in the most up-tempo and dramatic of moments. It is also evident from the standing ovation she receives at the end of the song! A dynamic performance full of variety, it is certainly worth a few minutes of your time to investigate.

As well as being an outstanding rendition, GéNIA’s performance was on this occasion in support of UNICEF, and the funds raised from the concert meant that 560 girls throughout Guinéa, Mozambique, Togo, Malaisie and Madagascar received an education for a year. Good music for a good cause!

Alex Chalk

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Piano-Yoga® Founder GéNIA to Perform at the First Classical Concerts at Heathrow

December 8th, 2014 — 2:14pm
Caffè Nero’s Classical Artist of the month Russian virtuoso pianist and composer GéNIA will play two concerts to celebrate the release of GéNIA’s EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’, alongside performances of famous classical piano works.
Receive a free coffee from Caffè Nero Heathrow Terminal 2 on the concert days by quoting “I love GéNIA’s music!”
There will be an opportunity to chat to GéNIA and obtain a limited edition signed copy of her EP (also available on iTunes, Amazon & digital retailers)

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