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Gerard Aimontche - Piano

Interview

1- Who was your first piano teacher?

Tatiana Kuzminskaya was my first piano teacher.

2- Is your family musical?

Absolutely not.

3- Aged 9 you entered the best Russian special school for gifted children, the Moscow Gnessin School of Music, where you were a student of Tatiana Shklovskaya.What abiding memories do you have of this formative years and clearly influential teacher?

That was a wonderful time. Tatiana Shklovskaya is great person and a brilliant teacher. She has very specific approach for each of her students and we all adore her. Gnessin School of Music is a big family. Once you became a part of it, you will never loose that very precious feeling.

4- In 2014 you graduated with a Music Diploma (Distinction) from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, under Professor Sergey Dorensky. How was it like to be mentored by this master?

It was a momentous experience and a very unique opportunity to study in his class. He is a very intelligent person with a great sense of humour. Listening to the recordings of Sergei Dorensky i always feel the spirit of romantic era.

5- Can you share with us an abiding memory in connection with one of your performances or competitions?

Lately I was performing the 3rd Rachmaninov concerto and in the third movement the timpani player did not play his solo. Making the effort to get rid of this awkward silence I played it instead of him on the piano. The audience endorsed my idea by giving the applause right after the ‘timpani’ solo came to an end.

6- You are currently studying simultaneously at the Royal College of Music (Masters in Performance, with Professor Norma Fisher), and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (postgraduate degree in performance, with Professor Sergey Dorensky). How do you manage this schedule, and also continue with your performances?

Fortunately I have reliable personal contacts.

7- How often do you practice?

As often as I can!

8- Would you consider teaching music in the future?

I would love to!

9- Who is your favourite musician and why?

It is really challenging to pick one. I would probably say Sergei Rachmaninov, since for me he is the epitome of sincerity and the elegance at the same time.

10- How do you balance your study, performance and leisure times? What are the biggest sacrifices?

No worries, I am used to it.

11- What advice would you give to music students at the start of the road that may seem so daunting on so many levels?

I would say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!

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submission November 2015