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The Markson Pianos Jazz Night at the Spice of Life: Elchin Shirinov & Alex Munks’ ‘Flying Machines’

13th July
doors open from 6pm for food
music from 8-11pm

For our latest Jazz night we present internationally acclaimed Azerbaijani pianist ELCHIN SHIRINOV who brings his unique approach to ethno-jazz. Shirinov – who comes from the Azerbaijani folk tradition – belongs to the new generation of Azerbaijani jazz musicians who combine elements of post-bop jazz, blues and funk with the modes, melodies and microtones of Azerbaijani folk and classical music.

Our opening set will be from up and coming guitarist ALEX MUNK’S ‘FLYING MACHINES’ which fuses visceral, rock-out guitar improv with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes. It’s a sound shot through with the here and now of London’s cutting-edge music scene.



Elchin Shirinov

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#45 Marina Petrov: Concert Pianist, Educator & Co-founder of ATGPMF


Marina Petrov (left) with Maya Jordan Co-founders of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

The first thing I try to teach my students is the love and understanding of music …  Many of my students stay with me for a very long time … this is something that can be explored for decades“I consider myself an idealist when it comes to teaching music.  I give myself completely as a person and as a musician.  The first thing I try to teach my students is the love and understanding of music,of understanding different styles.  Many of my students stay with me for a very long time because this is a process for learning for the rest of your life and because music is something that can be explored for decades.  It never ends.  When students fall in love with music, as I do through the piano, then we learn how to create.  So creativity is an important part of what we do together and this is why students who stick with me for a long period of time produce such a level of playing.

My piano class consist of students of all ages and levels, from children as young as five years old, to amateurs, to diploma students, to professional pianists. With the young beginner, I use a combination of books.  I try to get them to sing with the piano, sing without the piano, to make little phrases.  I don’t obsess about the reading of the notes.  I repeat the same things over and again; singing up the scale together, “A B C D E” and other methods so they connect with the keys.  It’s a very gradual process of learning.  I say to them, “If you play the same thing at home over and over, and you look at the music and you also look down at the keyboard, it will gradually just come”.  The progress depends on the child and how much they practice.  I have a rule for children that they must practice 20 minutes per day, and if they don’t do it, they have to make it up.  Some do and some don’t!

During the lesson, at some point I stop the piece and ask them to name the notes they’re playing.  I always teach them if they don’t recognise the written note, they have to work it out.  I don’t want them to feel frightened that they don’t know the names, I teach them that they simply need to stop to work it out.

Teaching children is not an easy task and it requires much patience.  The brain in the child is small and they are leaning several simultaneous processes; to play (mechanical finger movement), to have the co-ordination, to read music, to look up and down … many different processes combine when they are learning.  This is demanding on the child and if you try everything at once it won’t happen.  So we build very gradually and steadily.

Theory is an important part of learning to play.  Even during the shorter lessons, I find a way to integrate theory, I’m doing it all at once so it’s a combined process. As students progress I encourage them to memorise; musical memory is so important. And when they know the work from memory, they can look down and learn about the space. But of course I have to make sure that their reading skills continue to improve. I do this by changing pieces regularly and integrating sight-reading.

And then when they become teenagers and go through many changes that are hormonal, for example, it can become a different story.  Sometimes a student will have taken many grades but then during teenage years become unsure, and that can worry me.  So, to keep them engaged I try to encourage my teenage students to explore non classical music and often we switch to a completely different style, either something trendy, or something they’ve heard and want to learn – and that’s how I keep them going.” (Marina Petrov was speaking with Markson Pianos Composer in Residence Lola Perrin)


Marina Petrov was born in Kiev and raised in Belgrade.  At the age of 18 she won an award to study at the Moscow Conservatoire. She is based in London where she has also established a unique piano teaching practice.  Connect with Marina Marina Petrov and Maya Jordan are the founders of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival, for all ages and standards, next taking place in London November 20th, 2016

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The 2016 Markson Pianos Concert Series – Emilie Capulet


Emilie Capulet – Wednesday 29th June 2016 – 7pm

Sounds of Spain

Emilie Capulet returns to the Markson concert series with a selection of works by Scarlatti, Soler, Ravel and the influential Albeniz.

Emilie was born in Aix-en-Provence, France. She studied the piano at the Conservatoire there and in Marseille where she was awarded several prizes, making her solo recital debut at the age of 14 in the Rising Stars series of the Aix-en-Provence Summer Music Festival. She subsequently spent a year at the Conservatorium in Sydney, Australia, under the guidance of concert pianist William Corbett-Jones, visiting professor from the University of San Francisco. After gaining a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in Advanced Instrumental Studies, studying with professor Paul Roberts, she was awarded a Master of Music degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance.

Emilie Capulet regularly gives solo and chamber music recitals in international music festivals and concert halls in Europe, the USA, Canada and Latin America. Recent engagements include a concert tour of Holland with recitals in Amsterdam and North Brabant, a performance at the Ottawa Valley Music Festival in Ontario and a concert at the B.A.R.N. in Pontiac, Quebec.

To book and view the full program, click the link to the Markson Pianos website here