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Pedagogical Experience in Teaching Performance Practice using Historical Bows.,
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Vasilij Meljnikov

Pedagogical Experience in Teaching Performance Practice using Historical Bows.

Lecture – Saturday 25th September – 12:15-13:00 (CEST)

Vasilij Meljnikov

BIOGRAPHY

Violinist professor VASILIJ MELJNIKOV studied at the Academy of Music in Minsk with one of the most renowned Russian professors, violinist Olga Parkhomenko, who herself was a student of the famous David Oistrakh. After finishing his postgraduate studies with Prof. Parkhomenko, Vasilij perfected his violin performance at P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he studied with Igor Bezrodny and Boris Belenky. He began his pedagogical work as a professor at the Special Secondary School for Exceptional Music Talents in Minsk and also as assistant at the Academy of Music in Minsk. At the same time he was a member of the Belarus National Chamber Orchestra with which he performed in republics of the former Soviet Union as well as in other European countries. Since 1990 prof. Meljnikov has been working and living in Slovenia. As a soloist and a chamber musician he has performed in many major concert halls and participated in numerous concert series and festivals in Slovenia and abroad. In 1997 he won the first prize at the International Competition Vienna Modern Masters. For two years he was a member of the string quartet Camerata Slovenica with Primož Novšak, Mile Kosi and Ciril Škerjanc and a member of Ljubljana piano trio with pianist Sijavuš Gadžijev and cellist Igor Mitrovič. Pedagogical work has always been an important part of his activity. Since 1992 prof. Meljnikov has been teaching at the Secondary Music and Ballet School in Ljubljana. His students have won numerous awards at the state and international competitions and often perform in concerts as soloists and with various orchestras. Also, some of them were awarded Škerjanc prizes for excellence. In 1993 he started teaching at the Academy of Music University in Ljubljana. In 2000 he became a professor, and since 2007 he is holding a position of the regular professor. Professor Vasilij Meljnikov is also the head of strings department at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Since 2001 he has also been a mentor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Academy of Music, which gives very successful performances at home and abroad. From 2004 to 2010 he held the position of the ConcertMaster of RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. From 2012 to 2018 Vasilij Meljnikov was a chief of the String Department of the Academy of Music University in Ljubljana. Vasilij Meljnikov was awarded the Betett award in 2005 for artistic achievements in the field of reproductive arts and social activities in the spread of musical culture.

Pedagogical Experience in Teaching Performance Practice using Historical Bows.

The aim of our lecture is to encourage string instrument teachers and young artists to get acquainted with historical performance practice and the use of historical bows. In our teaching experience, familiarizing the students with the characteristics of period instruments has proven to be very useful in helping them understand different musical languages and styles.
A common feature of most early 20th century musicians was that the performer´s personality and personal expression outweighed their compliance with historical source guidelines. We believe that a well-trained modern-day performer should be capable of presenting musical works of any time period in accordance with their best understanding of how the piece was intended by the composer, as well as to abide by the rules and instructions, given by authors of historical essays. Our lecture will include a brief historical overview, examples of practical application and sharing our pedagogical experience.