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A master class with Nikolai Lugansky – Melanie Spanswick

The Oxford Piano Festival, held annually in Oxford, UK, is one of the few educational courses to film almost every session during their festival, and this allows us to hear a wealth of extremely interesting piano classes given by renowned pianists, all at our fingers tips on YouTube. 

Russian pianist Nikolai Luganksy has been a favourite for many years, and I particuarly appreciate and admire his Rachmaninoff readings. In this class, he discusses Chopin’s Second Sonata in B flat minor Op. 35 and the Scherzo in B flat minor Op. 31, Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 1 and 9, and Prokofiev’s Fourth Piano Sonata Op. 29. This particular festival was held at the JdP Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in July 2023. I previously published a master class with Lugansky around seven years ago, but this one is a more in-depth session, and I do hope you enjoy it.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

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