MUSIC ACADEMY
Baroque music is rarely played and hardly taught in Eastern Europe. The historically informed performance of Baroque music is a special area of musician's education. Our academy is an offer for young musicians from Eastern European countries to deal with this era in depth and to work on this music with our specialists from different countries.

From November 5 to 8, 2020, professional musicians from Ukraine, Germany, Russia and Belarus offered online masterclasses and lectures on baroque music for students of music colleges and conservatories as part of the International Academy "Music and Dialogue". The masterclasses focused on the Baroque pieces and methods of performing them, a comparison of early and modern instruments and performing techniques, the basics of stylistics, articulation, phrasing and other aspects of the Baroque period. In exchange with lecturers and other musicians, the participants will get to know the basics of baroque music and try out the special features of early music.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy "Music and Dialogue" is an opportunity to improve your professional skills with an international team, regardless of the city and country of your residence.

The number of participants in individual online masterclasses was limited. Other participants had the opportunity to observe the process of interaction between the master and the student, as well as ask questions in real time.
MASTERS OF THE ACADEMY:

Leopold Nikolaus (Berlin / Weimar, Germany) — violin
Lesya Dermenzhi (Lviv, Ukraine) — violin
Anastasia Fedchenko (St. Petersburg, Russia) — flute
Ilona Les (Minsk, Belarus / Frankfurt, Germany) — cello
Vadim Vainshtein (St. Petersburg, Russia) — viola da gamba

Lecturer:
Vitali Alekseenok
(Weimar, Belarus/Germany) — Music director of the project


Period: November 5-8, 2020
Time: 10:00am - 12:45pm and 2:15pm - 4:00pm (Kyiv, GMT+2)
Lectures: November 5 and 6, 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Kyiv, GMT+2)
Language: Russian, English (see detailed information below)
Participants: students of music colleges and conservatories aged 16 to 23 years (exceptions are possible)
Format: interactive online lessons
Cost: none (free)
Requirements: efficient internet, regular participation.
Description
Schedule
Biography
Leopold Nicolaus
(Berlin/Weimar, Germany)
violin
First of all, the masterclass focused on the overview of the basics of historical performance practice. We worked on solo repertoire by Telemann and Bach — already their contemporaries considered these pieces to be wonderful works for practice.

We also focused on "how to read a baroque score", which might be useful for other repertoire from Classic to Romantic pieces as well.

This topic also included information on how to use embellishments, slurs and other ornaments. Furthermore, students had an opportunity to discuss with me technical aspects of a baroque violin, music history and how to research about historical performance styles on their one. Because early music doesn't end with Bach!

Participants: students of music colleges and conservatories aged 16 to 23 (exceptions are possible), playing the violin and viola.
Schedule of the masterclasses
Language: English
Cost: none (free)
Requirements: efficient internet, regular participation.

November 5, 6, 7 and 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm (Kyiv, GMT+2):
class 1: 10:00am -10:45am
class 2: 11:00am-11:45am
class 3: 12:00pm-12:45pm
class 4: 2:15pm-3:00pm
class 5: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Leopold Nicolaus (Berlin/Weimar, Germany)
Leopold Nicolaus was born in Berlin in 1994. He received his first violin lessons at the age of eight. From 2010 to 2012 he received private lessons from Dragan Radosavievic, who holds teaching positions at the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin. In 2012 he switched to baroque violin and took private lessons with Midori Seiler.

Since 2013 Leopold Nicolaus has been studying baroque violin at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar and had lessons with Nadja Zwiener and Stefan Mai. At the Mozarteum Salzburg he came into contact with teachers like Marcello Gatti, Alfredo Bernardini and Vittorio Ghielmi. He also took part in masterclasses with Midori Seiler, Stanley Ritchie, Alessandro Ciccolini, Jaap Ter Linden and Jordi Savall.

Leopold is academician of the "HandelSoloists" at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival and a permanent member of the "BachCollectiv" at the Köthener Bachfesttage. In August 2014 Leopold Nicolaus and the ensemble "TemporaFelicia", which he co-founded, won 2nd prize and the audience award at the "Biagio Marini Competition" and the "WDR SpecialPrize" in the soloist category at the "H.I.F. Biber Competition 2015". As a chamber musician he is active in the ensemble "Urstrom" and the ensemble "Foscari", with whom he recorded a CD in 2019 "Rembrandt!". He is concertmaster in his own orchestra "WeimarBaroque".
Description
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Lesya Dermenzhi (Lviv, Ukraine)
violin
During the masterclasses, we talked about what historically informed performance is, how and when it emerged, and what prompted musicians to use this approach.

During online classes, students learnt:
- who is Nikolaus Harnoncourt and what is his role in understanding the musical language of the Baroque era;
- the main theses of his book "Baroque Music Today. Music As Speech";
- special aspects of the structure and sound production on baroque instruments.

The practical part consisted of an analysis of the basic principles of sound production and articulation using specific examples. Together with the students, we applied the knowledge gained and compare the results. Students were able to offer their own examples (from the curriculum or just their favorites), which we considered in the context of the knowledge gained.

Participants: students of music colleges and conservatories aged 16 to 23 (exceptions are possible), playing the violin and viola.
Schedule of the masterclasses
Language: Russian
Cost: none (free)
Requirements: efficient internet, regular participation.

November 5, 6, 7 and 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm (Kyiv, GMT+2):
class 1: 10:00am -10:45am
class 2: 11:00am-11:45am
class 3: 12:00pm-12:45pm
class 4: 2:15pm-3:00pm
class 5: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Lesya Dermenzhi (Lviv, Ukraine)
Born in Lviv, received her primary and secondary education in Chernivtsi. Graduated from Lviv National Musical Academy named after Mykola Lysenko. Since the beginning of her studies at the Academy, she became interested in baroque music and historically informed performance.

Among the works performed are pieces of early Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, as well as contemporary music (Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Vasks, Silvestrov). Lesya collaborated with many famous musicians, including Lev Markiz, Nazar Kozhukhar, Alexander Pilchny, Marek Toporowski, Radoslaw Kamenyazh, Theodore Kuchar.
Description
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Anastasia Fedchenko
(Saint Petersburg, Russia)
flute
The masterclasses included a conversation about the basics of phrasing, articulation and ornamentation of early music, as well as mastering the technical skills necessary to perform early music.

Participants: students of music colleges and conservatories aged 16 to 23 (exceptions are possible), playing the flute and other wind instruments.
Schedule of the masterclasses
Language: Russian
Cost: none (free)
Requirements: efficient internet, regular participation.

November 5, 6, 7 and 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm (Kyiv, GMT+2):
class 1: 10:00am -10:45am
class 2: 11:00am-11:45am
class 3: 12:00pm-12:45pm
class 4: 2:15pm-3:00pm
class 5: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Anastasia Fedchenko (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Born in Leningrad in a family of musicians. At the age of 4 she began to study the piano, at the age of 13 became interested in the flute. Graduated from The Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.

Anastasia takes an active part in the concert life of the city, performing solo and as part of an orchestra. In 2011, she received a special prize at the Hart Foundation competition. Participant of masterclasses of world famous flutists — Pierre Yves Artaud, Shigenori Kudo, Vincent Luc, Felix Renggli.

Since 2014, she has been an artist of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg.

Anastasia has an active interest in the study of historically informed performance. She took lessons in playing the transverse flute from the famous St. Petersburg musician A. Kiskachi, took part in masterclasses of outstanding traverse flute performers — Jan de Winne, Benedek Csalog.
Description
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Biography
Ilona Les
(Minsk, Belarus / Frankfurt, Germany)
cello
Students got acquainted with the basics of historical performance and the stylistics of Baroque music, and deepened their instrumental and performing skills.

Participants: students of music colleges and conservatories aged 16 to 23 (exceptions are possible), playing the cello and double bass.
Schedule of the masterclasses
Language: Russian
Cost: none (free)
Requirements: efficient internet, regular participation.
November 5, 6, 7 and 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm (Kyiv, GMT+2):
class 1: 10:00am -10:45am
class 2: 11:00am-11:45am
class 3: 12:00pm-12:45pm
class 4: 2:15pm-3:00pm
class 5: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Ilona Les (Minsk, Belarus / Frankfurt, Germany)
Multi-instrumentalist, Master of Music. Graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Music in the class of cello (class of Natalia Shpenyova) and the Higher School of Music in Frankfurt am Main in the class of baroque cello (class of Professor Christine von der Goltz).

Ilona was a member of the Belarusian-Swedish improvisation project "Morph", an artist of the orchestra of the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus, a soloist of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, a member of the Cinemascope project "Kinemo" — silent films and live music, actively collaborated with the Belarusian Union of Composers.

In recent years she has specialized in historical performance. She is currently studying viola da gamba (class of Heidi Gröger) and historical double bass at the Higher School of Music in Frankfurt am Main (class of Dane Roberts), and is actively involved in concert and teaching activities.
Description
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Vadim Vainshtein
(Saint Petersburg, Russia)
viola da gamba
During the masterclasses, the basic principles of historically informed performance on string instruments were examined using the example of the Baroque era pieces familiar to the participants. The primary focus was on reading the text of the piece and finding a suitable articulation for the most complete revelation of its meaning, taking into account the characteristics of the instruments used by the participants.

Participants: students of music colleges and conservatories aged 16 to 23 (exceptions are possible), playing the cello and double bass.
Schedule of the masterclasses
Language: Russian
Cost: none (free)
Requirements: efficient internet, regular participation.

November 7 and 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm (Kyiv, GMT+2):
class 1: 10:00am -10:45am
class 2: 11:00am-11:45am
class 3: 12:00pm-12:45pm
class 4: 2:15pm-3:00pm
class 5: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Vadim Vainshtein (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Born in St. Petersburg, graduated from the Music College named after. M.P. Mussorgsky in the class of classical guitar (class of D.Ch. Trofimov). In 2013, while still in college, he became interested in early music and began to study the viola da gamba under the guidance of Rust Pozyumsky. In 2017-2019, he studied with Markku Luolajan-Mikkola at The Sibelius Academy. Took part in masterclasses by Nazar Kozhukhar, Vittorio Ghielmi, Jonathan Manson.

Vadim participates in many ensembles and musical projects in St. Petersburg and other cities, including: Vermell Consort, Collegium Musicum, Novoselie. In 2015-2018, regularly held masterclasses on viola da gamba in Lviv in cooperation with the Lviv Music Workshop.
LECTURES:

Description
Schedule
Biography
Vitali Alekseenok
(Weimar, Belarus/Germany)
Music director of the project
During the lectures, we considered the differences between the historically informed performance of early music and the traditions of its performance in the 20th century.

November 5 I lecture "Early Music History, Instruments, and Documents"

During the lecture, participants learnt about the historical context of the 17th and 18th century music, musical trends and composers of that time. We also talked about musical instruments and the differences in playing them, and focused on a few of the main literary sources of that era.

November 6 I lecture "The Practice of Performing Early Music"

During the lecture, we talked about musical score. What is already written in the score and how to read it? What is not written but implied? What is the role of musicians in performing early music — strict adherence to musical instructions or free "re-composition" of works? We also compared and analyzed different interpretations of the same pieces.

Participants: all interested musicians.
Schedule of the lectures
Language: Russian
Format: online lectures
Cost: none (free)
Requirements: efficient internet.

November 5, 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Kyiv, GMT+2)
Online lecture "Early Music History, Instruments, and Documents"

November 6, 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Kyiv, GMT+2)
Online lecture "The Practice of Performing Early Music"

Vitali Alekseenok (Weimar, Belarus/Germany)
Vitali Alekseenok, since season 2017/18 became a new chief conductor of the Abaco Orchestra of Munich University, and has conducted such orchestras as Lucerne Festival Strings, Jena Philharmonic, INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra, Gotha Philharmonic, Lviv Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and others.

He was founder of Gustav Mahler concert series in Thuringia. Since season 2016/18 he closely cooperates with Oksana Lyniv, with whom he worked as a conductor and musical assistant in the Bavarian State Opera, Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Graz Opera, with the "New Philharmony Munich" and Bavarian Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Belarus Vitali Alekseenok continued his musical studies in the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Prof. Alexander Alekseev and in Weimar High School of Music with Prof. Nicolas Pasquet. He took part in master classes with Bernard Haitink, Peter Stark, Bruno Weil and others.
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