Chamber Music Masterclass with Gyorgy Pauk

Gyorgy Pauk is recognised as one of the leading violinist of his generation. Born in Budapest and studied at Franz Liszt Music Academy. He won first prize in Paganini Competition, Premier Grand Prix of Jacques Thibaud Competition and first prize of Munich Sonata Competition before settling in London in 1961. He has performed with most of the major orchestras in all five continents with over 90 concert a year with his exceptional rich repertoire and chamber music. He is now Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and also guest masterclasses including most renowned music schools.

The masterclass had 3 groups:

“Trio Contralto” performing Marchenerzalungen Op. 132 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

“Torridon Trio” performing Piano Trio No. 2(mvt.1&2) by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

“Meraki Trio” performing Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat Op. 97 ‘Archduke’ by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Mr. Pauk focused mainly on dynamic changes, music flow/movements according to the notes for the First group, the pianist who I felt suppose to lead the group was .

However, the second group seems not understanding the themes/styles of Shostakovich especially the violinist. The piece often requires a “suffocating” feeling and the group was not able to perform it out after Pauk repeatedly asking for it.

The third group who performed Beethoven is the best group of the night. They were able to correct dynamics according to the phrases straight away once he’s pointed out and overall they had better connection with each other.

We were lucky to hear Gyorgy Pauk’s 300 years old Massart Stradivarius violin of 1714 on that night and his way of understanding each piece and also he’s considered one of the most authentic Bartok interpreters and experts of his music worldwide.

Written by Xiaoxin Wang

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