Berlin

STUDIO HEINZ, BERLIN

Due to the unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. We sincerely hope that the Berlin Institute can take place this year. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling 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. Participants receive two lessons over the three days. Those who wish to have more lessons may reserve them - to be paid separately.


Berlin Participants
   Berlin Institute #1 - August 2016

OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS

Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter what our ability or state of our program. Thus 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!

INSTRUMENTALISTS & VOCALISTS ALSO WELCOME

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.


COVID-19 STEPS





PROTECTION AGAINST THE CORONA VIRUS

If social distancing measures are still in force for this institute, the following measures will be observed.
  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • There will be no touching in the lessons.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.
Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020 and has fully recovered, but these measures will still be followed strictly for the protection of all participants.


SCHEDULE


The schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.


DAILY SCHEDULE
8:45-11:15 3 Lessons
11:15-12:15 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:15-1:45 Lunch
1:45-4:15 3 Lessons
4:15-5:00 Coffee - Seminar
5:00-6:40 2 Lessons
7:00 Evening Meal & Chill Out

Participants will be invited to select from this list of lecture topics for the daily seminar:

2021 LECTURE TOPICS
Hand Structure & Function The Celestial Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano
Weight Technique Arm Weight, the Anti-Gravity Function, Elasticity and Biotensegrity
The Thumb I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under: It's Complicated.
Rotation Rotation at the Micro and Macro Levels
The Hand as a Mini-Body Lying, Standing, Walking & Running: Organic Development of the Hand on the Keyboard
Pianimals Use The Pianimals Exercises & Compositions in your Teaching and your Playing
Musicianship & Technique Physical Strategies to Enhance Phrase, Polyphony & Orchestration
Feldenkrais & Piano Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic
Q & A Which Aspects of Piano Somatics Intrigue You... Frustrate You... Mystify You... Satisfy You?

TRAVEL




GETTING THERE

The Institute will take place at
Bayerische Str. 8
10707 Berlin

Click here for travelling directions 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!


ACCOMMODATION




LODGING

There are many hotels in Berlin, all easily available at Booking.com.

MEALS

There are many restaurants within walking distance of the studio.


Berlin Restaurant
   Berlin - Neighbourhood Restaurant


REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

The active participation fee covers TWO individual lessons (50 minutes), daily group ATM lesson, daily seminar lecture, and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lessons. Extra lessons may be booked with the organizers if so desired.

TO REGISTER

In the table below, click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at our retail partner, 2CheckOut.com. The credit card charge will appear on your statement as "2CO.com," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute." Due to new 2CO regulations, all prices are listed in US dollars. You may change your payment currency at checkout.


Berlin Institute
Participation
Full Active
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EARLY BIRD
& SENIORS
STUDENT
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Deposit $100 $100 $100
Full Active $275 $247.50$206.25
1-Day Active $120 $108 $96
Full Audit $75 $67.50 56.25
1-Day Audit $28 $25.20 $21

Contact us for further registration options

For other options please contact Matt Rubenstein to reserve your place. Matt will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.


BEFORE & AFTER THE INSTITUTE




INFORMATION SHEET & FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE

We'd like to get to know you better. After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.

After you've completed your institute, we'd like to keep in touch. Please return here to fill out the INSTITUTE FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps you and us to evaluate your experience, plan your ongoing regime for further pianistic advances, and fine-tune the institute structure to better meet your 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 three books, The Craft of Piano Playing (also in DVD), Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, and All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique. 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.


Matt & Alan
   Alan Fraser & Matt Rubenstein

MATT RUBENSTEIN

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.

Contact Matt Rubenstein.


Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before February 29: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before March 15: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before April 4: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before April 24: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after April 24: no reimbursement unless 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 eventuality all resgistration fees will be fully refunded.