Bernstein Piano Masterclass 2018

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The Bernstein Piano Masterclass is a unique learning and performance experience for students. 
Entrants perform on a grand piano in front of an acclaimed educator and receive a brief lesson with friendly, encouraging and constructive advice. 
This unique learning experience allows students to run through one of their exam pieces, or simply have a fresh set of eyes to suggest how they could improve their performance. Students also get the chance to hear performances by fellow piano students of a similar age. 
A handful of students from each Masterclass session will be invited to compete in the national Bernstein Piano Competition, held in Melbourne on October 8th, 2017. This event is proudly sponsored by Bernstein Pianos and is one of Australia's longest running piano competitions. Please see for more information.   
  Under 12 Years 13 - 16 Years
Tuesday 4th July 10am - 11.30am - FULL 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Saturday 8th July 10am - 11.30am - FULL 12.30pm - 2.30pm - FULL
Saturday 15th July 10am - 11.30am - FULL 12.30pm - 2.30pm - FULL
Saturday 23rd September  10am - 11.30am 12.30pm - 2.30pm - FULL
Monday 25th September 10am - 11.30am 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Bernstein Masterclass sessions are conducted by the Team of Pianists and guest teachers at Bernies Music Land. Please phone Lester on (03) 9872 5122 for inquiries. 

Book online HERE or read the full Bernstein Masterclass Brochure 

Masterclass teachers biographies

Tuesday 4th July, 2017  Kenji Fujimura
Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura is the recipient of numerous major prizes and awards as pianist and composer, including the Australian National Piano Award and the William Lincer Foundation International Composition Award (New York). 

Kenji has recorded numerous CDs and have performed on the biggest stage world-wide.‚Äč Born in Japan, he is currently based in Melbourne, Australia, and is Deputy Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance and Chamber Music, and Associate Professor in Piano/Keyboard at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.  Kenji is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and is frequently invited as an adjudicator for competitions throughout Australia and abroad. Kenji is also the Honorary Artistic Advisor for the International Academy of Musical Arts. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, for his 'significant contribution to the music profession'.

Saturday 8th July, 2017  Tamara Smolyar
Tamara Smolyar represents the finest traditions of the famous Russian Piano School and comes from a family with a musical background, which spans over four generations. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Tamara is a winner of National Chamber Music Competition (USSR) and was awarded the title of Best Accompanist and Chamber Musician of Ukraine and USSR. 

Tamara has numerous Radio and TV recordings for national and international broadcasters, commercial CD’s on Move, Vox Australis, Cantor Productions and Schimmel International Artists Collection. 

As a highly sought after pedagogue, Tamara has been fostering and developing the talents of the musicians under her tutelage to a high level of music performance. The success of her approach is evidenced by the fact that a number of Tamara’s former students now hold positions as pianists and teachers both nationally and internationally.

Tamara is currently Senior Lecturer in Music Performance, Coordinator of Piano and Coordinator of Ensemble Studies at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Saturday 15th July, 2017  Max Cooke
Max Cooke is truly a legend of Australian piano music history, and he has taught some very talented students some of whom are Professors of Music in Germany, Scotland and in Australia.

In 1951 he was a member of staff at Melbourne University and has remained on the staff of the University ever since. He started as Chief Study Teacher, was then Senior Lecturer and later Associate Professor (Reader), and he was for six years until 1981 Dean of the Faculty and Chairman of the Department of Music. He is a Professor at Monash University, and he teaches also at the Victorian College of the Arts.

His career is involved with performance and teaching, and he has produced a number of publications on music and on piano teaching, including one on Japanese Music Teaching Methods in Australia, and two on his work with musically gifted children. His publications titled TONE, TOUCH AND TECHNIQUE, together with CDs and videos that accompany them, have been used extensively by piano teachers and students. They combine wide pianistic knowledge and experience with very considerable investigation and research into the physics and physiology of piano performance. He has lectured on these publications in Europe and England as well as in Australia.

In 1988 Max Cooke was invited to become a Fellow of the Australian College of Education. In the Queen¹s birthday honours lists of 1998, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to music and to education, particularly to piano pedagogy and the training of students. In 2001, Max Cooke received the 'Bundesverdienstkreuz' from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Johannes Rau. This makes him an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic.

Saturday 23rd September, 2017 Darryl Coote
Australian-Irish pianist DARRYL COOTE is a partner of the Team of Pianists, Artists-in-Residence at Glenfern for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). His professional life encompasses activity as solo pianist, chamber musician, concerto soloist, teacher, adjudicator and administrator. 

Darryl has appeared in concert in all states of Australia and in many of Victoria’s metropolitan and regional venues. During the past twenty-one seasons, he has performed frequently in the Team of Pianists’ respected and long-running concert series, Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea.

Darryl has recorded and broadcast extensively on Australian radio networks, including ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM.

For ten years he was a Council member of the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association and in 2011 he completed a three-year term as President of that association. Together with Max Cooke, he is one of the co-founders and a past adjudicator of the Australian National Piano Award (ANPA), a major national arts event held biennially. Since 2012, he has been President of the ANPA Board.

Monday 25th September, 2017  Mikhail Solovei
Mikhail Solovei was born in Ukraine and studied at the State College of Music, Ukraine. In 1979, he won the Ukranian Naional Piano Competition. After gaining his Master’s degree in 1980 at the Gorky Conservatorium in Russia, he was awarded his PhD in 1985, following further studies at the Gorky and Moscow Conservatoriums.

In 1985, Mikhail Solovei was appointed to the position of Head of The Piano Department of the Donetsk College of Music, Ukraine, after a period as Lecturer in Piano Studies at Vladivostok University and as Pianist-Soloist, Russia.

Since arriving to Australia in June 1992, Mikhail Solovei has given recitals in The Melbourne Concert Hall, Melba Hall, Robert Blackwood Hall, The Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Sydney Opera House, Brisbane and Perth. In 1996, Mikhail performed in Bangkok, Thailand; in 1997, gave a concert tour of Malaysia and the United States of America, in 1999 – concert tour of Indonesia, 2004 – Zimbabwe and South Africa.

As well as concert performances, Mikhail Solovei has regularly played for ABC Classic FM national radio, both for live and pre-recorded broadcasts and has appeared on SBS television (Australia)

Currently Mikhail Solovei is teaching at Monash University, Melbourne. He also performs and holds regular masterclasses in many tertiary institutions in Australia and overseas.



Benefits of being a student of Bernies Music School include:

Adult Piano Course

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Always wanted to play piano? Now you can, with Adult Piano Course. This short course is designed for absolute beginners or for those who learnt many moons ago. Come and try this brilliant hands-on course that will have you playing piano with two hands after just the first lesson!

You will learn to read and understand music, and to play simple chords with melody lines. Great fun!

The Adult Piano Course is conducted in a small group at Bernies Music Land. Lessons are one hour a week, day and evening classes begin regularly. We can recommend you a good instrument to practice on at home from our lovely range, or special hire packages are available on good keyboards.

The classes are fun and interactive, a great way to start or re-start your musical life. Give it a go today!

Please phone us on (03) 9872 5122.