Cimbalom Masterclass with Luigi Gaggero (professor for cimbalom at the
Académie Supérieure de Musique in Strasbourg, France) from 18 to 23 July 2022.

More than
8 hours of individual lessons!
The masterclass will focus on:
- original contemporary and modern repertoire for Cimbalom solo (or: cimbalom & piano)
- orchestral trials for Cimbalom (Bartók, Kodály, Debussy, Stravinsky, Dutilleux, Kurtág, Boulez, Adams…)
- interpretation of classical music (Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart…)
- a pianist is available if needed

from 19 to 23 July: 1,5 hours of individual lessons for each student every day
on 18 July: 1 hour of individual lesson for each student
18 July: arrival of students; 13:00, lunch; 14:30 presentations; 15:00-20:00: lessons; 20:30 supper 19 July: breakfast; 9:30-13:00 lessons; lunch; 14:30-18:30 lessons; 20:30 supper
20 July: breakfast; 9:30-13:00 lessons; lunch; 14:30-18:30 lessons; 20:30 supper
21 July: breakfast; 9:30-13:00 lessons; lunch; 14:30-18:30 lessons; 20:30 supper
22 July: breakfast; 9:30-13:00 lessons; lunch; 14:30-18:30 lessons; 20:30 supper
23 July: breakfast; 9:30-13:00 lessons; lunch; 14:30-18:30 lessons (for those who don’t leave today: 20:30 supper)
24 July: breakfast (for those who don’t leave on 23)

The Masterclass will take place in Les Issambres (France), a wonderful village on the French Riviera. Masterclass & accommodation will be in house with an amazing view on the sea; it has a private swim-pool and it is 15 minutes walk from the sea!

Only FIVE students are admitted. The fee includes board (breakfast, lunch and supper) and accommodation. Two students will share the same bedroom (on two separate beds); three students will have an own bedroom (one for each student) with Queen-size beds. For the students sharing the same room: 680 €. For all other students: 780 €
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You can fly to Nice airport and then go with train to Fréjus. From there, there is a bus service to Les Issambres. Eventually we can pick you up in Fréjus on the 18 July in the morning.

The lessons will be in English. In addition, the teacher speaks fluently Italian, French and German.

Two Hungarian Cimbaloms will be at disposal during the masterclass. It is possible to have lessons on Belorussian Cimbalom and Chinese Cimbalom (Yangqin) if you can bring your own instrument.

Please send before the 31 January 2022 a video where you are playing a solo piece for Cimbalom (private links on YouTube are fine, for example) and send an email with a short biography and with the repertoire which you would like to work on in the masterclass to:

Luigi Gaggero is
principal conductor of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra; artistic and musical director of the Ukho Ensemble Kyiv; full professor for Cimbalom at the Strasbourg Conservatory and at the Strasbourg Academy of Music.

Luigi has been performing as cimbalom and as a conductor of contemporary music ensembles at important concert halls and festivals all over Europe, USA, and China (Philharmonics in Berlin, Paris and Kiev, Milano Musica, Carnegie Hall, Salzburger Festspiele, BBC Proms in London, Biennali in Salzburg and Venezia, Klangspuren, DeSingel...)

For 20 years Luigi has dedicated himself to the development of new playing techniques on the cimbalom, revolutionizing the approach to the instrument. Luigi Gaggero has premiered more than 40 compositions, including solo pieces, concertos and chamber works, written for him by many of the most important composers of our time, thereby contributing to an essential widening of the cimbalom literature.

As a cimbalom-player he performs regularly with the finest European ensembles and orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Münchner Kammerorchester, Filarmonica della Scala, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre du Théâtre de La Monnaie in Bruxelles, Orchestre de Radio France; ensembles InterContemporain, Scharoun, musikfrabrik, Modern, œnm Salzburg, Contrechamps and Remix) under the direction of Abbado, Barenboim, Boulez, Holliger, Muti, Nagano, Ono, Pappano, Poppen and Rattle. Luigi Gaggero has also collaborated with performers such as Juliane Banse, Muriel Cantoreggi, Mario Caroli, Marino Formenti, David Grimal, Niek de Groot, Barbara Hannigan, Maria Husmann, András Keller and Geneviève Strosser.

As a conductor, Luigi Gaggero has recorded monographic CDs devoted to Gervasoni (Winter & Winter), Hosokawa and Andreyev (Kairos), Solbiati (EMA Vinci Records), Monteverdi and Gesualdo (Stradivarius). As a cimbalom player he recorded works by Kurtág, Eötvös, Fedele, Francesconi, Gervasoni, Hosokawa, Kurtág, Lévinas and Solbiati (Audite, Aeon, Neos), as well as the Háry János Suite by Kodály on blu-ray with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Luigi Gaggero has studied percussions and conducting with Andrea Pestalozza -who brought him to the enthusiastic discover of the music of the 20th Century-, cimbalom with Márta Fábián and, studying with Edgar Guggeis and Rainer Seegers, was the first percussionist to receive the soloist-diploma with honors at the Hochschule für Musik
Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Luigi Gaggero is professor of cimbalom at the
Conservatoire and at the Académie supérieure de musique in Strasbourg, where he also founded the Contemporary music ensemble of the Académie.