Bern University of the Arts

PHILOSOPHY

At the piano, “touch is a sense as rich and perhaps more important than sight, hearing or smell”. A keyboard caressed by a hand which is “radio-active” will glow but if touched by fingers which are lifeless it will vanish. It is in the impulse and force of these delicate and powerful living instruments where lies, for me, the secret of the art of piano playing.”

 

Marguerite Long

This pertinent remark is relevant today when following closely major international piano competitions and observing the path taken by many of the younger generation of pianists who focus entirely on the mechanics of playing – a kind of athleticism – without asking questions about a work’s depth or emotion.

These few lines will allow me to briefly present my work at the Bern University of the Arts.

Without entering into details, I would like to guide those students who wish to join my class about the way in which I “prepare” the hand and the fingers, as it is this element which allows the pianist to build and shape a piece of music, to best express the essence of a work whilst giving it colour, perspective, sounds-plans, light and shading.

I concentrate on this aspect to help to each musician attain a greater mastery of the keyboard, to achieve a quality of “legato”, a blend of vigorous and mellow sounds. ” One must forget that the piano has hammers.” This explicit quotation by Claude Debussy should encourage each of us to engage more intensely when listening to our playing. It also illustrates my artistic direction, my attention to phrasing, my concern in drawing the lines of harmony and counterpoint by ”brushstrokes” rather than by a percussive approach.

During class, I will make frequent references to the following works :

– “The Piano of Marguerite Long” which offers suggestions on how to overcome the difficulties in playing our instrument and which opens the doors to the major Etudes of Chopin and Liszt amongst others ;

– various commented editions by Alfred Cortot, in particular one about Chopin Etudes, admired for its spirit and finesse, groomed style, elasticity of phrasing, roundness of sound,

– many of the interesting works of Paul Badura-Skoda not only about Mozart and also about the interpretation of the music of Chopin, including research on the genuine use of the pedal and the many first-hand sources about the composer’s performances – in my view essential reading before confronting his works,

– and others…

Learning is a long path which is full of uncertainty, pitfalls and resolve. Finally, to keep spirits high amidst the twist and turns of daily life, I often go back to the words of that formidable pianist, Franz Liszt: “Be patient with yourself”, an encouragement to persevere and progress modestly, one step at a time.

EXAMPLES

Some links to take a look:

Alfred Cortot

Arturo Michelangeli

Dinu Lipatti

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STUDENT NEWS

RECORDINGS, COMPETITIONS & DEGREES in Patricia Pagny’s Class

PRIZES & DEGREES

2018

CAS ADVANCED DIPLOMA
To XINYI WANG

CONCOURS MUSICAL DE FRANCE – Final in Paris
First Prize to CASSIE BRECHEISEN

MASTER PEDAGOGY DIPLOMA
To TIMOTHEE SAVARY

BACHELOR DIPLOMA
To SIMONE CAGNASSO

MASTER SPECIALIZED DIPLOMA
To SO-JUNG YEON

MASTER PEDAGOGY DIPLOMA
To TANJA BIDERMAN

MASTER PEDAGOGY DIPLOMA
To NIKOLA PESIC

 

2017

BACHELOR DIPLOMA
To DOMINIK BERCHTEN

BACHELOR DIPLOMA
To SIMON HUONDER

MASTER PEDAGOGY DIPLOMA
To GIOVANNA GATTO

MASTER PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA
To CARLA GARCIA

CONCOURS MUSICAL DE FRANCE – Paris
Second Prize to CASSIE BRECHEISEN

CONCORSO “ANTONIO SALIERI” LEGNAGO – Verona Italy
Third Prize to SIMONE CAGNASSO

XVIII CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE VALSESIA MUSICA – Italy
Third Prize to SIMONE CAGNASSO

 

2016

MASTER PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA
To NIKOLA PESIC

MASTER PEDAGOGY DIPLOMA
To HIRGINIA VALLEJO

CAS DIPLOMA
To AIMI SUGO

 

2015

LEGNAGO – VERONA Italy
Third Prize at the «Antonio Salieri International Piano Competition » to TOMOMI HORI

PREMIO « ENRICA CREMONESI » MILANO
First Prize to GIOVANNA GATTO in Duo with Accordionist POLONA TOMINEC PADOVA – Italy

Second Prize at the “13° Concorso internazionale di esecuzione musicale – Premio Città di Padova” to SO JUNG YEON

MASTER PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA
To TOMOMI HORI

MASTER PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA
To AIMI SUGO

MASTER PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA
To TAMAR USENASHVILI

CAS DIPLOMA
To SUNG EUN LEE

MASTER PEDAGOGY DIPLOMA
To ANNETTE PHILIPONA

 

2014

MASTER PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA
To TANJA BIDERMAN

MASTER PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA
To GIOVANNA GATTO

MASTER PEDAGOGY DIPLOMA
To ZARJA VATOVEC

CAS DIPLOMA
To SO JUNG YEON

 

YAMAHA – YMFE Prize Switzerland
Ex-aequo to AIMI SUGO and MRIKA SEFA

Selection to the Final Degrees at VIRTUOSES DU CŒUR  in Paris
To TOMOMI HORI

 

2013

LEGNAGO – VERONA Italy
First Prize and Special Prize in Interpretation of the 20. Century Piano Works at the «Antonio Salieri International Piano Competition » to AIMI SUGO

CONCOURS MUSICAL DE FRANCE – Paris
Second Prize to MRIKA SEFA

PREMIO « ENRICA CREMONESI » MILANO
Second Prize to AIMI SUGO in Duo with Cellist JUAN MATEO REVILLA

STIFTUNG FÜR JUNGE MUSIKTALENTE – MEGGEN-Lucerne  Switzerland
To AIMI SUGO

 

2010

CAS DIPLOMA
To ERNESTO ROSSI