Master class

Boris Berman teaches Chopin: Scherzo No. 1

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Boris Berman — Teacher, pianist

Sophie Dee — Pianist (student)

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The Russian pianist and pedagogue Boris Berman dedicates a masterclass to one of Chopin's darkest and most tragic works.

Boris Berman is known in more than fifty countries as one of the best piano teachers of our time. Before appearing with the Major orchestras, he was a student of Lev Oborin, an eminent professor at the Moscow Conservatory who trained many high-classed pianists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy. Then, Berman made himself known as a soloist and recitalist travelling the Soviet Union and working with renowned contemporary composers. He gave the first Russian performances of Schönberg's, Stockhausen's, Berio's or Ligeti’s works. Since 1979, he has been living in the United States where he has taught at the Brandeis, Boston and Indiana University, but also at the Yale School of Music where he is currently posted.

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