Piano-Yoga(R) Retreats Come to Schott Music, London, on 15th July 2012
On the 15th July Piano-Yoga® - the miracle piano technique which allowed its creator, GéNIA, to return to the concert platform just 10 weeks after breaking her wrist - will for the first time be hosting a piano retreat under the auspices of one of the most prominent music publishers in the world, Schott Music, where the Piano-Yoga® Music School has had its base for many years.
- (1888PressRelease) June 11, 2012 - On this retreat, Russian virtuoso pianist GéNIA will be sharing the cutting-edge piano method that is Piano-Yoga® with pianists looking to transform their playing and gain a more in-depth insight into the Piano-Yoga® philosophy and lifestyle of well-being.
A retreat is the perfect opportunity for immersion in this fun, new holistic piano method, allowing participants to experience all that Piano-Yoga® has to offer, with a combination of pure yoga and relaxation classes, technical 'Piano-Yoga®' exercises, performance psychology and group piano masterclasses. Unlike regular Piano-Yoga® lessons, a retreat provides the opportunity for participants to completely disconnect from the daily grind and get into an optimal frame of mind to focus entirely on their piano in a nurturing environment. And given how solitary the life of a pianist can be, one of the main pleasures of a retreat is the opportunity to work as part of a group of like-minded people, make new friends and share ideas.
Our London 2012 retreats have been carefully programmed to complement each other, so this event makes an excellent partner to our retreats on 23rd September (Kings Place) and 18th November (Steinway Hall). More information about our retreats programme can be found on the Piano-Yoga® website.
10.30 - 11.00 Introduction
11.00 - 11.40 'Revitalise your spine'
11.45 - 13.00 Piano-Yoga® Book Exercises
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break*
14.00 - 15.00 Playing Bach
15.10 - 16.40 Masterclass (optional)
16.50 - 17.30 Shoulder-Release Exercises
*At lunchtime participants can take the opportunity to peruse the many CDs, music books and scores at the Schott music shop, and stop by one of the nearby vibrant restaurants and cafés at midday for a bite to eat (5 minutes' walk from Oxford Circus).
Who can attend a Piano-Yoga® retreat?
Piano-Yoga® retreats are targeted primarily towards amateur learners, but they are open to pianists of all levels from the age of 14 upwards. From conservatoire students looking to polish their technique and concert pianists concerned about an injury, to piano teachers looking to broaden their pedagogical horizons and amateur pianists simply wanting to get the most out of their piano, all are welcome to come and join us, leave their worries at the door, kick off their shoes and enjoy their favourite activity in a friendly and relaxed environment. No prior experience of yoga necessary.
Piano-Yoga® is offering £15 off to Piano-Yoga® members and places are limited, so early booking is recommended. Membership of Piano-Yoga® is FREE and registration is quick and easy via www.piano-yoga.com/register.php. Once registered, members should then email info ( @ ) piano-yoga dot com to obtain their discount code dot
Date: 15th July 2012
Venue: Schott Music, 48 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7BB
Duration: 10.30 - 17.30
Fees: £90 | £75 Piano-Yoga® members
Enquiries: t: +44(0)20 7226 9829 | m: 07948 447492 | e: info ( @ ) piano-yoga dot com ]
A piano method for the 21st century…
Created by Russian virtuoso pianist, GéNIA, and recently adopted by celebrities such as X-factor star, Laura White, and television presenter, Sue Perkins, the Piano-Yoga® method offers a unique system of piano playing which combines the fundamentals of the Russian piano school with principles from Eastern philosophy, especially yoga, utilising aspects of movement, gravity and breathing to create a more natural and organic approach to piano playing, performing and teaching. Central to the method is a series of technical exercises Transform Your Hands: a Complete Ten-Week Course of Piano Exercises, available in paperback and as an eBook. Piano-Yoga® also organises workshops, retreats, masterclasses, one-to-one tuition, and the method is suitable for pianists of all levels.
'It really does work… Many pianists have been helped with this unorthodox and unusual method.' Piano Professional Magazine
Russian virtuoso pianist GéNIA is an acclaimed pioneer on the classical music scene, with an eclectic repertoire embracing classical and contemporary works and multimedia projects. Initiated into the piano by her great-grandmother, Regina Horowitz (sister of pianist Vladimir Horowitz), GéNIA attended Kharkov State Institute of Arts before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music, where she received numerous prizes. She has worked with some of the most prestigious figures in the contemporary music industry, including The Brodsky Quartet and Gabriel Prokofiev, and she has released numerous albums on the Blackbox and Nonclassical labels.
Following her training at The Life Centre® in London, GéNIA qualified as a B.W.Y. (British Wheel of Yoga) teacher in 2008. A visionary pedagogue, GéNIA also runs the highly successful Piano-Yoga® Music School in London. GéNIA's blog on the inspiration behind the Piano-Yoga® retreats is available at www.piano-yoga.com/blog/.