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The piano techniques and the difficulties they pose are limited. All of them could be listed on a single sheet of paper. For each technique there is a particular working method—which hides a small secret. When these secrets are known, the desired results can be much more readily obtained. Any person can master these techniques; none of these techniques require enormous or exhausting efforts be expended. The knowledge of these small secrets, as well as a proper training strategy (with a maximum of 4 hours daily piano practice) together are sufficient to learn how to play the piano well.

One has taught me a good strategy for working as an individual ; that is what I teach to all my students of whatever age.

Piano practice is much like that of the classical ballet , where the final goal is the creation of an artistic character, the creation of an ambiance. To enliven this character through the body or the fingers, it is necessary to control the muscles, to apply their force, to maintain their flexibility, as well as to control the precision and the speed of the muscular movements.

The work of piano technique is related to the interpretation’s research. Of course, the interpretation, like an expression of the musician’s interior world (his or her feelings, emotions, moods, philosophy) is not possible if the muscles are not well enough trained (see above).

Prospective students should not believe (false) promises that they will be able to play without acquiring a real knowledge of music theory and without real mastery of musical technique.

Elena Gantchikova

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Professor´s introduction
Teacher education
Principal targets of my teaching
My role as professor of piano
Advanced and intermediate levels
Why does one need to play the piano?
Organisation of classes
Master classes. Intensive daily cours of study