Teaching Improvisation in Classical Music – Lecture, Recital & Workshop with Prof. Laurens Patzlaff
Discover the key to transforming your Teaching – join Prof. Laurens Patzlaff, esteemed lecturer at Lübeck University of Music (Germany), and International Concert Pianist & Educator for a practical session on improvisation in classical music!
The ability to improvise has become a high priority in classical music education in recent years. Historically a prominent art in the 18th and 19th century era of music, improvisation was highly valued by the likes of Bach, Mozart, Czerny, Liszt and Chopin, so much so that they integrated improvisational elements in their performances, and compositions where sections of works were often left open for the performer to embellish or improvise, showcasing their creativity and virtuosity.
During this period, musicians were expected to be adept at improvisation, and it was considered a fundamental part of their training and performance practice. Musicians of this era were often expected to not only interpret and perform written compositions but also to spontaneously create music during live performances. Improvisation was a skill closely tied to their ability to entertain and captivate audiences.
Improvisation was not limited to a specific genre either; it was valued across various musical forms, including solo performances, chamber music, and orchestral settings. Musicians were expected to navigate different styles and contexts with ease.
Improvisation was a significant component of musical education during th18th & 19th Centuries. Musicians were trained not only to interpret existing compositions but also to create their own music spontaneously. This skill was considered integral to a well-rounded and versatile musical education, and provided musicians with a means of expressing their individuality and creativity. It allowed them to add personal touches to their performances, contributing to the unique character of each rendition.
Join us in this integrated program, where master, practitioner and pioneer of improvisation at the University of Lübeck will guide learners to explore the creative skill of improvisation, and provide insights into extend your musical vocabulary and increase your stylistic interpretation.
Date: 18th March 2024, 10am-4pm
Venue: Bechstein Music World, 7 Shenton Way #02-01 Singapore Conference Hall (S068810)
About the Speaker
Professor Laurens Patzlaff, acclaimed as the “Master of the art of improvisation,” embarked on a remarkable musical journey shaped by his debut album “Reflections on Debussy” in 2012. Born near Stuttgart in 1981, he demonstrated his musical prowess early on, delving into piano improvisation alongside classical repertoire and jazz influences. With a holistic view of music, inspired by figures like Leonard Bernstein, Patzlaff’s versatility shines through his diverse studies, chamber music collaborations, and performances at prestigious venues globally.
His musical journey extends beyond solo performances; Patzlaff has graced international festivals and collaborated with esteemed orchestras. A multi-award winning pianist, he imparts his expertise through masterclasses at numerous music academies worldwide. His dedication to piano improvisation is highlighted in his role as Germany’s first professor for piano and improvisation playing at the Lübeck University of Music since 2013.
Patzlaff’s approach to teaching embraces the 19th-century ideal of the universal pianist, combining improvisation, composition, and score-playing. His enduring impact on the world of music echoes through his captivating performances, educational initiatives, and the revival of the art of improvisation.