Wednesday 20 - Sunday 24 January 2021
A week of piano, music and friends
Welcome to the Royal Over-Seas League’s first residential piano course, aimed at pianists of all levels and abilities!
This is a chance to return to the piano, whether you’ve nurtured a love for it over the years, or you have recently taken up lessons, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with inspirational tutors, and in an inspirational venue. Whether you are looking to brush up on your technique, troubleshoot difficult passages in your pieces, learn to overcome stage-fright, explore new repertoire, enjoy playing duets and two-piano pieces, or simply meet like-minded amateur pianists, international concert pianists and ROSL Annual Music Competition winners Ashley Fripp and Florian Mitrea will be there to guide you through a 5-day programme filled with workshops, masterclasses, 1-to-1 tuition, screening of rare films, and of course, concerts.
Overall, the course offers access to 18 hours of piano masterclasses and 6 hours of workshops and demonstrations. You will receive 3 hours of individual tuition, divided into 2 hours of masterclass-type tuition, and a 1 hour private, one-to-one lesson. More importantly, you will be completely immersed in a piano-lovers heaven, which will give you the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and ultimately be inspired in your passion for music and the piano.
Ashley Fripp’s playing was once praised by the New York Times as being ‘disarmingly precocious’. He is an internationally sought-after pianist, and performs regularly in some of the world’s most renowned venues, including the Musikverein in Vienna and Wigmore Hall in London. His list of distinctions includes awards at the Leeds Competition and the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ashley was appointed a ‘Rising Star’ by the European Concert Hall Organisation, and performs regularly at international festivals such as Edinburgh, Oxford and Pontino in Italy. He has partnered some of today’s most famous conductors, including Semyon Bychkov and Vasily Petrenko. He is a student of the legendary Eliso Virsaladze, and is also pursuing his doctoral studies at the Guildhall School.
Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist’, Florian Mitrea was a double-laureate at the Hamamatsu and ARD International Piano Competitions. He performs internationally, from the Carnegie Hall in New York to the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo. Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with the highest distinction, Florian is an experienced soloist, both as a recitalist all over Europe, and as a soloist with world-class orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the Elbland Philharmonie in Germany. Florian is a student of Boris Petrushansky, Neuhaus’s last disciple. Florian also currently holds teaching positions at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Purcell School for Young Musicians, has been the piano tutor at the Dartington International Summer School for the past six years, and has just been appointed a tutor at the Finchcocks Centre for Pianists.
How to book
Course Fees £1,200, which include 5 nights accommodation in superior room, full board, course workshops and tuition.
You will be sent an email with a payment link for £1,200 to secure your booking. Once payment is completed you will receive an email with confirmation of your course and room booking at ROSL along with further details of how to find us.
If you wish to have your partner stay with you during the course, a partner supplement is available, please ask for rates upon application.
See the full information brochure below or download it here.