Mr. Fridman has earned two masters’ degrees – as a pianist and opera director – from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia).
He is a concert pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist.
He has taught at the Schools for Musically Gifted Children of St. Petersburg and Kiev, and at the Pskov Music College. He has performed with the St. Petersburg and Pskov Philharmonics.
Mr. Fridman served on the faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music in Edmonton from 1991 until 2002 and taught in the Conservatory’s International Music Academy and the University of Alberta.
Currently, Joseph is a Director and a piano teacher at the Alberta Music Academy in Edmonton.
He lectures and gives masterclasses and workshops in Canada, Ukraine, Russia and the USA. He has taught in various summer schools: Strings and Keys (Bergen), Alberta College Summer School (Edmonton), and has been a clinician in the CASSA (Calgary) summer camp.
Joseph has adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Canadian Music Competition (2004).
His piano students have received first class honors and medals in RCM Exams, first and second prizes in the Kiwanis Festival, Northern Alberta Concerto Competition and Fall Festival.
Joseph Fridman performs in solo and chamber recitals and has been broadcast frequently on CBC Radio.
- Paradoxes of Efficient Piano Practicing
- Principals of Russian Piano School &
Russian Piano repertoire
- Structure, Style, Technique and Touch in Piano Music
- Life of the Musical Phrase
- Music as a second language
- Interpretation, Artistry and
Spontaneity in Piano Performance
- Free and "Hearing" Hands
- Piano Games for Beginners
-To hear familiar work afresh
-To get new insights into interpretation of the pieces
-To quickly identify and solve technical problems
-To obtain a professional second opinion on the student's strong and weak points
-To encourage students to practice, using "the new teacher's effect" (when a student may respond better)
-To give students an opportunity to perform, listen to each other, think, discuss and socialize in a musical environment
-To inspire teachers to find new ways of teaching and motivating students
-To better prepare for festivals, competitions and exams
- Up to 6 students / class
- 2 hours minimum
- Preferable level: Grade 3 to Advanced
- Age: Unlimited
- Time: Flexible
- Fee: $120 per hour
-Learn the piece precisely and fast: stumbles and hesitations...are good!
-Quickly identify and solve technical problems: to make your hands play or let them find the way?
-Sound illusions and technique: what is the connection?
-Learn the Music, not only the text: "Hot cross buns" and Beethoven's Sonata
-Manage your attention: to think or not to think?
-Develop listening skills: listen to the...silence!
-Be your own teacher: do not let responsibility...let you down
-Practicing vs. computer game: what is more interesting?
Individual sessions with piano teachers are based on European, Canadian and Russian piano pedagogy principles.
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