ONLINE Classical Piano Lessons With Yale Graduate
ONLINE Classical Piano Lessons With Yale Graduate

ONLINE Classical Piano Lessons With Yale Graduate

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Introduction: ENJOY A FREE TRIAL LESSON! I CAN GIVE YOU THE TOOLS TO LEAP YOUR PLAYING FORWARD, AT ANY LEVEL, OR, IF YOU ARE READY, PREPARE YOU FOR A JUILLIARD AUDITION. I am a concert pianist currently living in Germany. I am proud to have more than 20 awards from international piano competitions. If you want to read my artistic bio and read about the awards, and hear me play, please check my website. I am originally from Russia, and for the last two years I have lived in Europe. I’m back in the states in Fall 2024. Here is my story: I started out as a jazz pianist but began dedicating myself to classical music around the age of 14. Two years later I was accepted to the prestigious Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory. I lived in Russia until the age of 18, and even back then I had major success in international piano competitions. I moved to the US to study with a Van Cliburn Gold medalist under a full scholarship at Park University. I later got my Master’s in piano performance at Yale University. While in the US, I played all over the country and won close to ten international piano competitions. During the past two years I have lived in Germany, where I tried to absorb as much experience as possible about the German piano tradition. I am a U.S. green card holder now. Here is why you should choose me over other teachers: - I am a concert pianist and I have direct experience with preparing for high-pressure events (concerts and competitions). I’ve played with many orchestras all over Europe, the US, and Russia. “Those who can - do, whose can’t - teach” does not apply in my case. Check my website or YouTube to hear me play. I am still at the beginning of my performing career, and I am equally passionate about teaching and performance. - I had a late start in piano, and that gives me an advantage as a teacher because I learned how to overcome very difficult problems. I am ECSTATIC about teaching piano because I recognize in every student myself somewhere along my path. The idea that I might be saving someone ten years of wasted practice time is exhilarating to me. - I care deeply about every student and I will try a dozen different strategies to solve whatever problem you may encounter. Yet the problem will be solved or I will quit my job! :) - I am not going to pretend that I have any super-complicated methods of teaching piano, and, frankly, I don’t have much faith in them. The highest-quality instruction you can possibly get is very simple, and the key is to be able to break down any issue into small chunks and solve the problem at its root. - I am not a guru, and have no interest in becoming one – and insisting that my students play every piece “my” way or make my students dependent on me. I can, though, help you find your true voice on the instrument. I want you to get so good that you eventually can do away with piano lessons. - I will approach your development holistically. We will focus on whatever interests you, yet I will try to gently expand your horizons. I love discussing with my students various recordings and pianists. We will interject bits of music theory here and there ONLY to help you memorize the piece (if you want) or to make you understand the logic of the composition better. - I have been trained within the most prestigious schools in Russia (including the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory), Germany (Frankfurt Musik Hochschule), and America (Yale University). That gives me a very broad view of piano technique, repertoire,and performance. - I will not give you an “amateur” treatment. I will treat you as a concert pianist with things getting in your way. It doesn’t mean, though, that I will set the bar too high and expect you to get there in one lesson. We will go one step at a time, and no problem will be left unsolved. - I am available for lessons in person or online. If you are taking online lessons, I will implement adjustments that will compensate for the inevitable lack of emotional connection through Zoom. They can also be recorded if you like. I will ask you to send me video recordings of your playing so that we can discuss it together, and I will write for you detailed practice instructions and lesson summaries. Here is what you will learn with me: - how to approach the piece immediately, in an unintimidating way. I will show you how to learn and memorize music quickly and painlessly. - how to feel comfortable at the keyboard. You need to know the basics of technique to feel at home. Knowing how to coordinate your fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulders and neck is crucial if you want to play effortlessly. - how to make the music make sense for your brain and to learn to think in phrases rather than individual notes. - how not to sound mechanical and to make the piano sing. Even if you have the best technique in the world, I still don’t want you to sound like a machine gun. There are many wonderful pianists in the world, but we only want to listen to those who touch us. - how to interpret the music, whatever it is. Just as one example, two of my teachers are musical great grandchildren of L.V. Beethoven. We can discuss everything, including markings in the score. - discriminating use of the pedal. Pedal is the soul of the piano. Sometimes there is just one way to get from a 9/10 pianist to a 10/10 pianist - to learn to use 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and vibrato pedaling. Very few students get to that level, but if you persevere, I will be delighted to talk about those high matters. My strategy is to teach you to practice as efficiently as possible. Most people are wasting their time practicing the instrument, then get frustrated and eventually abandon it. I will show you how to make your practicing meaningful. The goal is to make it easier and more enjoyable, not harder. I would describe my approach as hands-on, but I am willing to give students as much freedom as they choose. I often ask my students to send me a video recording of their performance so that we can track progress and discuss our goals and objectives together. I send a detailed lesson summary and practice instructions at the end of every lesson. I try to be polite but straightforward. My job is to encourage you but also be clear about what is getting in your way. I am a perfectionist and encourage my students to push the bar as high as is possible at the moment. Although I have experience as a jazz pianist, my formal training is as a classical pianist and I prefer to offer only classical music lessons, yet the repertoire can range from early baroque to the most recent contemporary. TRY A FREE TRIAL LESSON AND LET’S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER! Wishing you my musical best, Simon
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Hired 12 times

Serves New Haven, CT

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4 years in business

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2022

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This pro is a skilled and dedicated piano instructor who caters to students of all ages and levels. They are known for their extensive musical knowledge, patience, and professionalism. Customers appreciate their flexibility in scheduling and their ability to challenge and support students in their learning journey. They also praise the pro's responsiveness and commitment to helping students achieve their goals.

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Christina L.
Mar 6, 2024
I’ve been working with Simon for a few years now and I can’t recommend him more. Ever since I retired I decided to get serious about the piano (I did play as a kid but never seriously invested time into it), and I worked with a few teachers before meeting Simon and none of them could meet my needs. I do appreciate that he centers his approach around the student, rather than pushing his own ideas. I feel comfortable discussing with him my struggles with technique as well as what I think about the music. So far we have covered a few Chopin Etudes, as well as some Mozart sonatas (alongside normal portion of Czerny, Hanons and so on). As I said, it’s hard to find a great teacher (especially online). Look no further!
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Jack P.
Apr 10, 2022
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Simon is FANTASTIC!! I am a long-time student of music and am extremely particular. Simon has exceeded every expectation! First, he is a great guy and a lot of fun to work with. Second, he pays absolutely keen attention during every part of each lesson and is completely involved throughout. Third, he is extremely patient, although perfectly capable of insisting on certain standards. Fourth, I feel that he "gets" what I am trying to accomplish on the piano, and is giving is ALL to help get me there! ABSOLUTELY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION WITH NO RESERVATION WHATSOEVER! You'll be lucky to study with him!

Details: 65 years or older • Yes, the student can read music • 4+ yrs of formal training • Classical • Yes, the student has a piano • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Stephanie B.
Nov 13, 2023
Finding a piano instructor for children is easy. Finding a piano instructor as an adult beginner is almost impossible! Simon has been terrific! He knows everything about the piano. He is patient, polite, and very professional. He does a great job of balancing working with me where I'm at but also challenging and pushing me to the next level. Highly recommend!
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John C.
Mar 24, 2022
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I have been taking Jazz piano lessons with Simon for the past two months. His knowledge of piano technique and music theory seems infinite. Simon has been very patient and persistent during our lessons. He takes time to explain his lessons in a way that can be understood by a beginner, while also challenging me each week to ensure that I am improving. He has shared resources to assist with my practice outside of our lessons. When I reach out with questions that come up in between sessions, he is responsive and helpful. He has also helped me with ear and voice training. Simon is a really cool guy and I would recommend him to any beginner, intermediate, or advanced level piano player.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No, the student cannot read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a piano • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

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Cristina C.
May 12, 2022
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He worked with my son and helped him prepare for a high school music project. Very flexible hours and non-demanding with session payments. My son asked me to give him a good rating ☺️, he liked his teaching style.

Details: 14 - 17 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • Classical • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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