When we established the Theo and Petra LIEVEN International Piano Foundation in 1993, our intent was to provide an alternative to the many piano competitions that are — according to Béla Bartók — “for horses, not for artists.” Our aim was to pass the art of piano playing down from generation to generation. Our teachers (Karl-UIrich Schnabel, Rosalyn Tureck (it was spelled wrong), Alicia de Larrocha, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Charles Rosen, Murray Perahia, and many others) helped us.
Today, we are proud that our early scholars are now our teachers. Who could teach Schnabel’s pedal technique better than those who learned it from Schnabel themselves?
In 2019, we introduced a new teaching concept: the 23–Two Cubed Piano Masterclasses. Two teachers instruct two students in two piano pieces each.
Today the foundation is located in the center of Vienna. Under the direction of its artistic director Alon Goldstein, the foundation invites eight highly distinguished young pianists to spend eight weeks in the city of Vienna each summer, to receive free lessons as well as performing opportunities throughout the city.
The current teachers include Ferenc Rados, Eliso Virsaladze, Andreas Staier, Alfred Brendel, and Arie Vardi among others, in addition to alumni such as Konstantin Lifshitz, Ingrid Fliter, Davide Cabassi, and Alon Goldstein.
The foundation is celebrating 30 years of excellence. Its young artists went on to win major piano competitions including the Cliburn, the Chopin, Geza Anda, and many others. They perform all around the world in major concert halls.
TWO CUBED PIANO MASTERCLASSES
The aim of this format is both to teach piano scholars through different interpretations and views and to inspire the resulting insights of the audience in the variety of musical scopes for design that are neither right nor wrong and neither good nor bad but express the respective artistic intentions of the pianists.
These aims are achieved through the participation of two piano teachers, who teach two scholars to play the same two pieces of music. The resulting 2 × 2 × 2 = 8 combinations are divided across a two-day program.
Two Cubed – 23 – how it works
The two teachers appoint one, “their” scholarship holder and a piano piece. Both teachers then teach both students in the two same pieces of music. This 2 x 2 x 2 format will be spread over two days of 4 lessons each.
This is illustrated by the masterclasses of Paul Badura-Skoda and Menahem Pressler:
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