For six years, I received the most significant part of my formal musical education at the Liszt Academy.

Sir Georg Solti

Classical Piano Master Training Course Description

Classical Piano as Main Subject

Aim of the two-year master education is to learn a significant number of important compositions which belong to the heart of the piano repertoire and to practice performing them at an artistically high level. To gain thorough understanding of formal, harmonic, rhythmic and melodic structures during the studies is also vitally important. Aspects to be developed are, among others, the quality of sound-producing, the using of pedal and the adjusting to the acoustic qualities of a piano in a given concert hall. Furthermore the student should be able to define the place of compositions – based on listening experience and specialized literature – within the ouvre of the composer, within the boundaries of the style and the entire history of music.

Suggested repertoire:

  • J. S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier;
  • Beethoven: 32 Sonatas;
  • Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 and Op. 25;
  • piano compositions by Liszt;
  • piano compositions by Bartók.

Exam

At the end of the first two semesters there is a colloquium graded on a five point scale (from 1,0 to 5,0 including one decimal). The repertoire played on the colloquiums of one academic year has to contain the following:

  • J. S. Bach: 2 Preludes and Fugues from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (one of the compositions can be substituted – with the permission of the teacher – by another baroque piece);
  • 1 classical sonata (can be substituted in the above mentioned way by a concert for piano and orchestra, variations, etc.);
  • 2 etudes;
  • 1 romantic composition;
  • 1 20th century or contemporary composition.

*the way the required compositions are distributed between the two colloquiums (at the end of each semester of an academic year) is chosen by the student*

The diploma concert is due at the end of the 4th semester. The programme of the diploma concert should contain at least three compositions differing in style.

Professors in charge:

András Kemenes, Balázs Réti

 

Further requirements

Stylistic Studies

Goal of the subject is to give thorough knowledge of different styles and periods of the keyboard literature. According to the concept of the teacher, classes contain listening to music, which gives the opportunity to stay updated with the latest development in musicological research implementing the results into the performing practice.

*graded by a qualifying signature*

 

Master course

Students are obliged to participate in three master courses during their studies. If the circumstances allow it, it should be active participation, but a passive one is also accepted. Depending on current financial possibilities of the Academy, participation in one master course abroad is recommended, but only in the case of active participation.

*graded by a qualifying signature (from the teacher of the master course)*

 

Concerts

Students are obliged to play a solo programme of at least 30 minutes length on a concert, which doesn't have to take place on the Academy.

*graded by a qualifying signature*