Master class

Boris Berman teaches Debussy: Pour Le Piano

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Boris Berman — Teacher, pianist

Andrew Marrs — Pianist (Student)

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The Russian pianist and pedagogue Boris Berman dedicates a masterclass to a rare work from Claude Debussy’s late creative period.

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 lived in the United States where he has taught at Brandeis, Boston or Indiana University, but also at the Yale School of Music where he is currently posted.

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