The Berlin Institute generally takes place once a year. Come to this culture capital of Europe in October to improve your piano playing and take in some concerts and museums... and nightlife! We will schedule precise dates for this institute relatively soon. Register for our newsletter to receive scheduling updates as they arise.
The venue for this institute is a private home with a Fazioli concert grand piano, probably the finest instrument in a private home in Berlin. Practice facilities will be arranged at one of the local piano stores.
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:
There is no limit to improvement!
Alan's Feldenkrais-informed approach to performance also helps instrumentalists and vocalists, transforming their sound by making minute postural adjustments that release hidden physical blocks. If you have a friend or colleague with a specific performing issue, why not invite them to come along.
The institute is a mixture of piano lessons, Feldenkrais lessons and lectures on piano technique from the viewpoint of Piano Somatics. On Friday morning we come together over coffee to meet each other and discuss our goals for the week. Coffee and donuts at 8:30 Friday morning, opening session at 9.
Although the institute runs for 3 full days, partial attendance is completely acceptable. You are also not obliged to take the maximum number of lessons. See the registration procedure for instructions on how to tailor-make your participation to your own needs.
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.
You are free to attend the entire day or take a break from watching the lessons to rest or do a little bit of practicing. Each entire session is recorded and offered to you free of charge for future reference.
The question period in each seminar is a chance to take the discussion in a whole new direction. For instance, the conversation could veer towards one of the topics below covered in a past institute. Which of these topics is of special concern to you? Make note of it, and make sure you bring it up with Alan in a seminar.
The Institute will take place at
Bayerische Str. 8
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to the Klaus Heinz Residence in southwest Berlin. Take the U-7 to either Konstanzer Strasse
or Adenauerplatz. Please note that the number 8 on the front of the apartment building is virtually invisible. People have been
known to walk right by it several times before finally figuring out where the address is. Look sharp!
There are many hotels in Berlin, all easily available at Booking.com.
There are many restaurants within walking distance of the studio.
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We offer discounts for senior citizens, students up to 25 years of age, and those in reduced financial circumstances. For more information, please contact Sophia Cholich and let her know your status. If you qualify for a discount, you will receive a partial refund on your initial payment.
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After you have completed your institute, please come back to fill out this
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.
Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his books
If you have concerns or questions about your
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Pianist and pedagogue
Matt Rubenstein is an American pianist and teacher who has
been active in the Berlin clasical music scene for many years and has recorded
several acclained CD's of new piano music. He teaches piano privately in Berlin and is the organizer of the Berlin Alan
Fraser Piano Institute.
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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 at the Institute. 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:
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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