Leonid Korchmar master class, day 1/5
The first master class day is over, and I am really happy and relieved that everything went well. After all this is the first time I am organizing a master class! Our teacher, professor Leonid Korchmar, was in a very good teaching mood and all the students definitely got a lot to think after their first lessons.
This course is not with an orchestra, but with two pianos (and two excellent pianists, Jari and Taru), and the emphasis is on the conducting technique. I wanted to give a possibility to conducting students in Helsinki to have a glimpse of the Russian way of conducting and at the same time widen their gestural vocabulary. The repertoire is Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Wagner and so on. All good music, full of good exercise material...
I did not especially shine on the podium today, since I was all the time worried about all the non-musical stuff I was responsible of during the day. Anyway I guess I was worried for nothing, since the scheduling and everything else worked fine! Everyone was just exhausted after the day, since the weather in Helsinki is really hot and humid at the moment. Tomorrow more news and hopefully some photos too!