3 Romanzen für Klavier op. 28, No. 1 & No. 3

Gstaad Piano Academy 2019 with Sir András Schiff

Recorded live on July 22, 2019


Florian Caroubi plays 3 Romanzen für Klavier op. 28, No. 1 & No. 3 by Robert Schumann


An eclectic musician, Florian Caroubi is enthusiastic about a broad scope of repertoires and styles, whether it be for solo piano, chamber music, accompaniment for singers or orchestral conducting. As piano soloist, he has performed in recitals in prestigious venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Teatru Manoel in Valletta (Malta), the Theater De Singel in Anvers, the Silvacane Abbey, the Salle Molière and the Auditorium in Lyon, the Opera in Lille and the Flagey in Brussels. He has been invited to perform as a piano soloist with the Chamber orchestra of Toulouse and the Chamber orchestra of Chisinau. Passionate about meeting and sharing with other musicians and possessing a wide variety of skills, Florian Caroubi has collaborated with renowned interpreters such as the clarinettist Nicolas Baldeyrou, the sopranos Elsa Dreisig and Nadine Koutcher, the baritone Hans Pieter Herman. Especially passionate about voice, he created a duo with the young and talented mezzo soprano Adèle Charvet with whom he performs frequently in France and abroad and won many international prizes. He was chosen as an HSBC Laureates for the famous Aix en Provence Festival.

Learn more about Florian Caroubi and his future projects here!


A Masterclass Like No Other

There are as many different types of masterclasses as there are musicians: The masterclasses taught at the Gstaad Piano Academy by Sir András Schiff are particularly revealing and informative. They are a special treat for both the young pianists as well as the ever-growing audience visiting the town hall in Saanen. (Sir András Schiff’s masterclasses are open to the public.

The Hungarian pianist puts emphasis on studying what he feels are the essential composers: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. With short, yet precise and always generous comments Schiff instructs his students to be true to the great composer’s score whilst sharing their own originality and personality with the audience. «If a pianist only hears two colours, whatever his fingers «produce» can’t be of much value. However, the highly subjective performances of Alfred Cortot created millions of colours and shades, not unlike the masterpieces of great painters.»

How to get to the bottom of a masterpiece?

Sir András Schiff’s masterclasses are outstanding. In contrast to the many teachers who like to interrupt their students regularly to correct their playing, Schiff allows their music to evolve. Sometimes he takes his time and listens to an entire phrase. And we, the audience consider ourselves lucky, because we get to enjoy an whole concert, analysed by the master himself. Sir András Schiff believes that only in this manner one can strive to be true to the score – and express the composer’s truth, not the interpreter’s vision. He also shared with us the fact that whilst studying in Budapest he learned more from composers, notably György Kurtág and Pál Kadosa, than he ever learned from other pianists.

4 Kommentare zu “Masterclass with Sir András Schiff – Florian Caroubi plays Schumann

Dear Amitava,
we’re working on uploading the entire masterclass (all lessons from the afternoon). By the end of our festival, it will be online, latest.
All the best
Gstaad Digital Festival

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