Belgrade

Belgrade

THE SERBIAN CENTER FOR FELDENKRAIS & PIANO SOMATICS

millenum tower
The Institute has found a new home. The American 1942 Steinway B originally owned by Wanda Landowska which Fraser acquired in 2008 had been moved to a new studio in Gardosh, one of the most picturesque communities in Serbia, nestled underneath the escarpment that marks the southeasternmost border of the former Austro-Hungarian empire. The newly opened Serbian Center for Feldenkrais & Piano Somatics lies in the shadow of the Millenium Tower, erected in the 19th century to mark 1,000 years of Hungarian presence in the region. The page header above is the view from the tower.

The studio, to the extreme lower left in the page header photo, has excellent acoustics, is large enough to conduct Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement classes in situ, and is within walking distance of the Kosta Manoilovich Music School where practice facilities are available.

Amazingly enough, Gardosh's location in Zemun, just across the river from the Serbian capital city, Belgrade, is only 20 minutes from Tesla Airport which is fast becoming a major regional hub, with low-cost connections to most major European cities. This institute is a wonderful opportuntity to experience a little-known corner of Eastern Europe, with many inexpensive short term apartment rentals nearby and a multitude of restaurants with national and international cuisine.

We hope to run the Belgrade Institutes several times a year, and will begin scheduling them as soon as national Covid-19 restrictions have definitively been eased. Register for our newsletter to receive scheduling updates as they arise.

Some say the sound and feel of the Landowska Steinway alone is worth the trip. Its extraordinary colour palette recalls the Horowitz Steinway D, and once you have learned how to open up your sound on this unique instrument, you'll discover new sound vistas on other instruments as well.


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The Landowska Steinway

But of course, what ultimately makes the trip worthwhile is not the location, not the food, not the instrument, but the teacher. Alan Fraser will introduce you to a new sound world at the piano, and will show you how to organize your physical movements to create that sound. The work is truly transformative, leading not only to improved agility and freedom from pain and stiffness, but to a deeper form of expression where there is more of you in your playing as well as more of the composer.

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A master teacher

The piano lessons, lectures, Awareness Through Movement™ classes and Functional Integration™ lessons are fine-tuned to reflect the makeup of each group, taking into account participants' individual needs as much as possible. This 6-day institute includes a day off for sightseeing (and practice) on the penultimate day.

If you cannot attend these dates but are interested in studying with Alan in Serbia, he also works privately with pianists who visit for several days' of intensive sessions both at the piano and on the Feldenkrais table. Please contact us for more details.

OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS

Are you hesitant to attend? Feel you are not advanced enough? Not well-enough prepared? Don't worry; Alan welcomes all, no matter what your ability, no matter what the state of your program. The Institute really is open to all interested pianists:

  • students who wish to improve their sound and agility
  • amateurs who wish to feel more in command of the instrument
  • teachers who want new ways of teaching technique to their students
  • professionals who wish to hone their skills to the highest possible level.

There is no limit to improvement!


DAILY SCHEDULE




STRUCTURE OF THE DAY

This schedule may be modified according to the needs of the group.


DAILY SCHEDULE
9:00-10:30 2 lessons
10:30-12:00 Group ATM (Awareness Through Movement) lesson (Yoga mats available at the studio)
12:00-12:45 1 lesson
12:45-15:00 Lunch
15:00-15:45 1 lesson
15:45-16:30 Group Awareness Through Piano Movement lesson
16:30-18:00 2 lessons
18:00... Free time... (further private lessons if needed)
There will be a closing recital (optional participation) the final evening.

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Restaurant on the Danube just a few steps from the studio

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
Sunday Modified schedule: Welcome session at 9 a.m.
Monday Standard schedule
Tuesday Standard schedule
Wednesday Standard schedule
Thursday Modified schedule: performance coaching and evening recital (optional)

COVID-19 ADVISORY





COVID-19 ADVISORY

We ask that all participants be vaccinated against Covid-19, or that you have proof of a negative Covid-19 test done less than 72 hours before your arrival in Serbia. You will need your "health pass," the so-called "vaccine passport" to travel to Serbia in any case. Please let us know your vaccination status when you register.

Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020. He had only mild symptoms and quickly recovered, and received the Astra-Zeneca vaccine in March and June 2021, and a booster shot in November 2021. Nevertheless, if national Covid-19 restrictions are still in force during the institute, the following measures will be followed for the protection and comfort of all participants:

  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.


TRAVEL




GETTING THERE

At Nikola Tesla Airport, when you exit the baggage claim area, before going outside turn left to take the escalator upstairs and find a cab outside on the upper level. Only use a reputable firm such as Belgrade Taxi, BeoTaxi, Pink Taxi, Naxis Taxi or Lux Taxi. The taxis upstairs are about half the price of those at the taxi stand on the lower level (arrivals). Do NOT under ANY circumstances accept the offer of a cab ride from a driver in the arrivals area; they are all crooks.

Here is the route to the studio:


ACCOMMODATION





LODGING

There is a positive glut of apartment rentals in the area. These attractive premises, all within a few hundred metres of the studio, are on offer at Airbnb.com:
Gardosh Upper Town
Gardosh Lower Town
Gardosh Lower Town
Gardosh Upper Town
Gardosh Upper Town...


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The View from one Airbnb rental

If several participants join together to rent a larger place such as the one pictured here (the first one on the list above), you can live in positively luxurious surroundings for next to nothing. Please contact us if you are open to sharing with other participants, and we will do our best to make arrangements.

There are many other apartment rental sites as well offering a wide variety of locations in the area:
Airbnb
Belgrade Art Apartments
Stan na Dan (Apartments Day by Day)
Apartments in Belgrade
Belgrade Click Apartments
Belgrade New Apartments


FOOD




RESTAURANTS AND LOCAL EATERIES

There are innumerable restaurants and cafés in the neighbourhood. Just to the left of the studio is the Three Fat Godfathers restuarant with fantastic national dishes and folk musicians Friday and Saturday evenings. To the right is the Taurunum Pogled (Unique Tower View) Pizzeria Terrace Café with a spectacular view over the Danube. And just down the street there is, among many others, the Šaran (Carp) Restaurant, renowned throughout Serbia for their fish dishes.

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The Carp Restaurant, just down the street from the Studio

REGISTRATION




FEES & REGISTRATION

  • Active participants have a daily individual lesson, daily group ATM and ATPM lessons, daily seminar lectures, and observe all other lessons.
  • Passive participants take part fully in all activities but receive no individual lesson.

Click on your preferred option below to pay by credit card at our retail partner, Stripe.com.

Participation 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
Active participant $128 $254 $375 $488 $598
Passive participant $45 $90 $132 $172 $210

COMBINING ACTIVE AND PASSIVE DAYS

To combine active and passive registrations, hit the back button on your browser to add another purchase item to the same payment procedure. For instance, if you want to attend for five days but only have three individual lessons, purchase three Active Participant days and two Passive Participant days for a total of five. At completion of your registration, please indicate which institute you will be attending (Belgrade), and what days.



BEFORE & AFTER THE INSTITUTE




INFORMATION SHEET & FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE

After registering, please return here to fill out the REGISTRATION QUESTIONNAIRE.

After you have completed your institute, please come back to fill out this FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps us evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further progress, and fine-tune the structure of future institutes to better meet participants' needs.


CONTACT




ABOUT US - CONTACT

ALAN FRASER

Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his books

He is at work on several new volumes. Visit here for more on Alan Fraser. If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, send him an email.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations more than two months before Institute opening date: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one month before Institute opening date: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than two weeks before Institute opening date: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one week before Institute opening date: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations less than one week before Institute opening date: no reimbursement except in cases of doctor-certified illness or acts of God.
We reserve the right to cancel the institute due to insufficient enrolment; in this event, all registration fees are fully refundable.