Scheduled to coincide with the spring school holidays in the northern parts of France and the Netherlands, this institute takes place in a wonderful 17th century mansion in Ahun, a medieval town in central France easily accessible by rail or car. Participants will gather for Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons, Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM) lessons, individual technique & repertoire lessons, and to relax playing 4-, 6-, and even 8-hands music selected from Elisa Weiner's extensive collection of scores in the evenings. There will be lively discussion of all aspects of the institute, and indeed of piano playing in general at Elisa's table, famed throughout the region for her haute cuisine. All meals are taken en groupe.
You will love life at Wienerissimo , a wonderful, elegant musician's retreat situated in a lovely medieval town filled with ancient churches. There are several practice pianos scattered throughout the house.
Ahun - The Dining Room
Are you hesitant to attend? Feel you are not advanced enough? Not well-enough prepared? Don't worry; Alan welcomes you no matter what your ability, no matter what the state of your program. The Institute really is open to all interested pianists:
There is no limit to improvement!
Alan Fraser teaches in French or English as you prefer.
This schedule may be modified according to the needs of the group.
The seminar-ATPM format is new. Alan will begin by lecturing on a topic, then field some questions about the material, and then create an Awareness Through Piano Movement lesson that grows out of that lecture's focus.
Lessons are 50 minutes with a few minutes at the end for Q & A, and a short break. You are free to observe the lessons for the entire day, or take a break to do a little bit of practicing or just rest. All sessions are videotaped and offered free of charge to participants for future reference.
The train from Paris Austerlitz to La Souterraine takes under 3 hours; from there take a bus directly to Ahun, unless we can arrange to pick you up by car.
From the Ahun bus stop it is just a few minutes' walk to:
All participants live in residence at Wienerissimo, with full board. Elisa has generously offered us all the student rate, making the cost very reasonable. In addition to the chambres d'hôtes there is a cottage at our disposal, and there is a reasonable hotel across the street for overflow participants, Gîte de Bertau.
There are three levels of lodging quality offered:
Please contact Elisa to reserve your room and discuss your lodging needs.
Lodging and meal fees are paid directly to Wienerissimo; they are separate from the Institute registration fee.
Elisa's establishment offers us all meals:
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Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his books on piano technique:
If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address
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Elisa Weiner is an excellent classical pianist who had a long and influential career in France as a teacher and Conservaotoire director. She has known many of France's most eminent pianists, singers, instrumental musicians, actors, poets and painters, and is a treasure trove of stories about, and insights into, France's unique culture of a certain epoch. We often spend evenings playing piano four hands, six hands or even eight hands with Elisa, digging into her vast collection of pianistic memorabilia.
Visit the medieval lanes and byways of AHUN, a 13th century village with its special charm and churches dating from the 13th-16th centuries. This village feels as if it has been untouched by time, and Elisa with her insights into 20th century pianism combined with a wonderful elan in the kitchen, offers unbeatable hospitality.
If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place, we will 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 Hamm. Please consult with us on all aspects of Covid-19 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. He was re-infected with the mild Omicron variant on New Year's Day, 2022, and again in July 2022. 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:
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.
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