• 25 Jan 2020

    The Scaramuzza technique: a fresher perspective

    WKMT Tutor’s experience in learning the Scaramuzza technique

    One of the most difficult challenges…
    For every musician is to change their technique once they have acquired certain mastery on the instrument. The challenges are many and they appear from many aspects of the playing, but the most demanding at the beginning is the one that has to do with the muscle memory. This can be our best friend or worst enemy, as all the movements get so ingrained in the hands of the performer that requires a high level of commitment to change it, but with patience and dedication, the results are always positive.
    The experience presented by Georgios Kommatas…
    A new piano teacher at WKMT has two angles: one is to adapt himself to the new system developed at the studio, and the second one, and more relevant, is to become a piano student of the Scaramuzza technique given at the studio.
    This approach to the technique has four steps…
    The first one entails the complete relaxation of the student “The fingers must carry the weight of the whole arm’ is the instruction, ‘nothing else must be tense’”

    The second step of the Scaramuzza Technique is a correct Hand Position on the piano. The advantages of a proper Hand Position can be observed straightaway. The fingers can play with precision all the dynamics and articulations demanded. 

    The third step is related to musical notation: When we read a music score, the notes show us two dimensions:

    pitch and duration. 

    Scaramuzza has added a third dimension in the score: Hand Movements. Finger, Forearm, Hand, Rotation and Wrist Movements are the five options, which correspond to the other two dimensions. 

    The last step has more to do with the acceptance of having to delay pieces that might have more pianistic level but are not the correct ones to use for approaching this technique from scratch and to trust your piano tutor and his guidance.
    How can this help me?…
    Have you ever heard about the benefits of learning a piano technique? There is a huge list of benefits for all those students learning the piano using a technique from scratch. Georgios intends to analyse the hardest parts, as well as some of the benefits. Browsing the Scaramuzza’s Movements Blog, you could get to know all the different movements you could use, and how this technique could help you improve your performing skills, as well as relaxing your body in the process. Yes, you have read well, relaxation is […]

  • 18 Dec 2019

    Classical concert at WKMT 2020

    Classical concert at WKMT 2020Haydn & Mozart concert in LondonDecember is coming closer and here, at WKMT, we are preparing for our first concert of 2020, February 29th. In this occasion, we will offer the Piano Concerto in F-major, H.XVIII:7 composed by the renowned Joseph Haydn, inventor of the Sonata Form and the Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The solo Violin will be in charge of the lead violinist, Paola Delucchi, who will perform along Maestro Juan Rezzuto at the piano.These concerts are part of a long-term project by the hand of the concert pianist and Director of WKMT, Juan Rezzuto, whose ambition is to perform all Haydn Keyboard Concertos. In this opportunity, he will perform together with the WKMT String Ensemble one of the least known ones, as it is one of the “obscure” ones. The main reason is that is the only one that the second movement was not autographed by Haydn (although we do know that he composed it) of the work extant, and the concerto first appeared in London as published by Gardom in 1772. Another curious fact about this Concerto is that it does not include a Viola part, making this setting quite unusual. Both concerts are a tremendous opportunity for all our piano students to have a deeper perspective of how the Scaramuzza technique works in concert pieces and to complement the instruction received by our piano tutors at WKMT studio, who impart this technique upon the guidance of the Director who learned it from one of the pupils of Scaramuzza himself, Bruno Gelber.Without a doubt, this Concert will be a gorgeous one to begin the year in the enchanting company of the two unparalleled composers of the Classical period. Hope you enjoy and we are looking forward to seeing you all on February 29th 2020 in St. Cuthbert’s Church, Earl’s Court to share this wonderful experience!Pianist AID proudly sponsors this concert in London.

  • 04 Dec 2019

    Learning quality music lessons with WKMT

    Learning quality music lessons with WKMTFoundations and ABRSM: Piano lessons for students preparing examsIf any studio has the capacity and experience to deliver quality piano lessons in London, that is definitely meant to be for WKMT.Our founder, Juan Rezzuto, founded Pianist AID once his music studio was completely created and operational, that way he could use all his strength to raise our platform and help other pianists, musicians and teachers with different opportunities in London. Either performing and/or teaching. Helping us make a portfolio of performances, as well as use professional advice for every single musician that might need help or integrate in London.For that reason, we do recommend this new post to everyone who would love to learn more about the common music exams in London, and learn a proper learning method succesful by WKMT after ten years of experience with plenty of students of all levels and ages, and requirements and skills.Obviously, like in any other subject, the students might react and progress in many different ways. There is not any exact way applied to everyone, and the same results obtained. For that reason, the most prepared and standarised a program is the easier to be applied to everyone gets. So that is the main expectation of this article, create a way for everyone to easily understand the process in the most accurate way possible.Summarising the article, the first step would be setting up the goal. And the main goal is helping them create a habit, a motivation, a discipline on the piano. Make them enjoy the process of learning piano. Starting with a proper piano technique (Scaramuzza’s as recommended by Juan). For this step, they have designed an online platform, a piano beginner’s course, in easy to-complete steps, analysing the main points, performance-oriented.After that, once that part of the programme has been completed, is time to selecta piece. That way we start applying what we learnt over that piece. For that reason, the first step would be the most important, and this is the main point for Juan Rezzuto, to build proper pilars, foundations, in order to provide the students with the rght skills to take and progress with whatever they do later on with the piano.For all this and much more information about it, we leave the Maestro to explain through is recently written article. You can click on the link aforementioned and start learning the […]

  • 28 Oct 2019

    Our Members’ students performing in London

    Our Members’ students performing in London
    London Music Festival by WKMT
     

    Pianist AID releases the new date of the famous piano festivals in London organised the WKMT London piano studio.
    On the 23rd of November 2019, from 4:00 pm in St Cuthbert’s church, Earls Court. Save the date!
    This time, the festival edition X will be a bit different compared to the previous ones. This X Edition will be only for selected students. The studio will select around thirty profiles, from all levels and ages, with different pieces, to show us what they are capable of. That’s also why this time will be shorter too, from 4:00 to 9:30 pm. Children and adults passing along performing pieces with their best skills.

    The whole process, like always, will be professionally recorded by our Sound Engineer Thomas Rickerby, and our Filming and video in charge of Keith Huckfield. Both have been present and in charge of the usual videos three years ago now. At the bottom of our post, we share with you all some of the videos of the lasts editions.

    In our last edition, they got more than a hundred performers with their respective guests. It was such a highly demanded event, for that reason, before the next edition in June 2020, they designed this new festival for a selected group of students, in order to fit the most advanced ones who will be seating at exams this Autumn edition.

    They already did a sneak peek of some performances for advanced students this 26th October 2019. Our founder and Director of WKMT, Juan Rezzuto, delivered a beautiful and interesting piano masterclass in London, as well for the most advanced students. In this masterclass, the main point was the piano technique. As you might be aware, Juan Rezzuto inherited the famous Scaramuzza technique thanks to his Maestro Bruno Gelber. For that reason, he is committed to sharing with everyone this famous technique which so many great pianists gave.

    Well, following the above, you can now check all the details for this new edition. They will allow a percentage of non-members performers, so if you would like to take part in this, do not hesitate to contact them and book your place.