King Edward’s and King Edward VI High School for Girls were honoured to welcome world-renowned classical pianist Martin Roscoe last Friday to give a master-class to select pianists from both schools, as well as treating us to a recital afterwards.
I think that both the lucky pianists as well as the audience watching would agree that Mr Roscoe’s attention to detail was formidable and his knowledge of the repertoire was vast: he had played all save one of the pieces that were performed!
With only one ten-minute break, he taught for three hours, offering helpful tips and guidance as well as wonderful suggestions to improve the pieces played before him.
The whole experience of a master-class by such a distinguished and remarkable pianist was one of incredible enthusiasm from Mr. Roscoe and inspiration for the performers.
Abhinav Jain (Divisions)
The performers and their repertoire:
Naomi Bazlov: Chopin – Nocturne op.72 no.1
Jeremy Ho: Ravel – Jeux d’eau
Mark Li: Beethoven – Sonata no.8 in C minor op.13 ‘Pathetique’
Bryan Chang: Debussy – L’isle joyeuse L.106
Michael Luo: Beethoven – Sonata no.25 in G major op.79 (i)
Aloysius Lip: Gershwin – no.2 from Three Preludes (1929)
Abhinav Jain: Schuman – ‘Aufschwung’ from Fantasiestücke op.12
Lauren Zhang: Ravel – ‘Scarbo’ from Gaspard de la Nuit
Adelaide Yue: Beethoven – Sonata no.17 in D minor op.31 no.2 ‘Tempest’z