William Cuthbertson

19th. International Peter Feuchtwanger Piano Masterclass

Monday 27th August - Saturday 1st September 2018
With William Cuthbertson, Manfred Seewann, Clemens Flamm and Matina Barufke.

Peter  Feuchtwanger:photo Stefan Blido, Wertheim

Peter Feuchtwanger (26.6.1930-18.6.2016)

Peter Feuchtwanger was born in Munich, Germany. He studied piano with Gerti Rainer (a pupil of Emil von Sauer), Max Egger, Edwin Fischer and Walter Gieseking, composition with Paul Müller-Zürich, Hans Heimler (a pupil of Alban Berg, Heinrich Schenker and Felix Weingartner) and Lennox Berkeley and also Indian and Arabic music and philosophy with Nazir Jairazbhoy and Dr. Arnold Bake. His encounter with the Rumanian pianist, Clara Haskil was the most decisive musical influence in his life. He also researched into Belcanto, the technique used in the golden age of singing. Peter Feuchtwanger was a member of the jury of many international piano competitions and Vice President of EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers' Association). He was Professor and Vice president of the Internationaler Akademie für musikalische Bildung e.V. and was visiting Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 1967, he gave master classes throughout the world. Click here for more.

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This master class is suitable for pianists with a wide range of abilities, from the competent amateur to the professional pianist with concert experience. Pupils taking entrance examinations, university students and piano teachers are all welcome. Those suffering from discomfort or pain arising from the approach to technique will find the master class particularly beneficial. Classes are held in the newly-opened Gisela Sick Education Centre, which is disabled-accessible.



  • Daily master classes with William Cuthbertson :

  • ManfredSeewann
    Manfred Seewann, joint editor of the official book on Peter Feuchtwanger's exercises, will assist in teaching these exercises on the course. He studied with Karl Wingler, Erik Then-Bergh, Gitti Pirner and Peter Feuchtwanger and has often been an assistant on Professor Feuchtwanger's masterclasses. He regularly gives conserts in Germany and in other European countries.

    Each day William Cuthbertson and Manfred Seewann will work with the course participants on these technical exercises for curing playing-related disorders in pianists, which are also designed for learning a functionally natural behaviour in piano playing.

  • Martina%20Barufke
    Lessons in F.M. Alexander technique with Matina Barufke, who lives in Waldkirch and has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1990. She studied with Yahuda Kupperman, Elisa und Eckart Ruschmann in Freiburg. She has also studied further with Israeli, American and German Alexander teachers. In addition, she is qualified in Spiraldynamik and has experience in Gindler therapy and Ideokinesis.

  • Clemens%20Flamm
    As in the last master class, Clemens Famm will give a lesson in "Life Kinetik". This is both purposeful fun and an interesting change from the rest of the course - good for the brain and the coordination.

  • Alexander Reitenbach
    Wednesday, August 29th, 2018, 7.30 pm - Piano Masterclass : Evening Concert with guest pianist Alexander Reitenbach

    The captivating, multi-faceted and colorful piano playing by Alexander Reitenbach may reflect not only his musical education, but also his entire life: Of German-Armenian descent, he was born in Georgia, and now lives and works in Berlin and Stuttgart. During his studies in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe with Oleg Maisenberg, Friedemann Rieger and Günther Reinhold he was influenced by the pianistic traditions of Russia, Germany and France. From the great pedagogue Peter Feuchtwanger he learnt "Belcanto on the piano", the secrets of Chopin's sound world and the "Golden Age of piano playing".

    As a soloist and sought-after chamber music partner Reitenbach was guest for instance at the FinArt Piano Series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Feuchtwangen Piano Festival, the Peter de Grote Festival in the Netherlands, Winter Piano Festival in Warsaw, the Tübingen Pianist Festival, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai.

    For ten years he was solo pianist of the Stuttgart Ballet and he performed in this capacity with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, the Korean Symphony Orchestra , Shanghai Symphony Orchestra , the Beijing State Orchestra, as well as with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra with whom he played piano concertos by Chopin ( F minor) and Brahms (B flat major). In addition, he was engaged as a soloist in 2014 by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and 2015 by the Orquestra Nacional de Cuba in Havana.

    In 2015 Reitenbach was appointed lecturer at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.

    The pianist will take listeners on a musical journey across Europe from Iveria to Iberia. The pianistic ambitious works of Babadjanian, Vladigerov, Bartók, Borodin, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Grieg, Dvorák, Brahms, Kreisler, Liszt , Debussy and de Falla are explained by Reitenbach with anecdotes and curiosities: Elztal Museum, Kirchplatz 14, D-79183 Waldkirch, Baden Wurtenburg. Admission: 12€ / reduced 10€ / children 6€

  • Saturday, 1st September 2018, 7.30 pm Masterclass Participants Final Concert

    Students will bring the results of the masterclass to the final concert at Elztal Museum, Kirchplatz 14, D-79183 Waldkirch, Baden Wurtenburg : 12€ / reduced 10€ / children 6€