RAM teachers

April 6, 2005 at 07:06 AM · I'll be in London in a month. If I get to choose a teacher, I'll have consultation lessons with as many as possible. Can anyone highly recommend a teacher at the RAM?

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April 6, 2005 at 01:25 PM · Hi, I'm going to study at RAM next year with Remus Azoitei. I had two lessons with him and I was very happy with his approach. I played Mozart concerto nr 4 and Saint-Saëns nr 3 as a preparation for the audition into the RAM and he explained very clearly the structure of the music, concerning the melodies as well as the harmonies. We didn't really work on technique yet, but he must have the same approach as my current teacher, Liviu Prunaru, who recommended him. So, that will be fine too.

I unfortunately don't know about any other teacher, but after you followed some lessons with some of them, do you want to write on this discussion board how you experienced it?

Good luck!

April 6, 2005 at 03:07 PM · Hi Jenni,

The RAM website has a student message board where you may be able to find help about teachers.


good luck


April 6, 2005 at 04:55 PM · Sarah and Paul, thanks! Mr. Azotei is on this site too, isn't he?

April 6, 2005 at 04:58 PM · Yep, he is. Liviu Prunaru as well.

April 6, 2005 at 05:34 PM · Igor Petrushevski seems to teach a lot of competition winners. Lydia Mordkovitch is of course quite well known as a soloist (excellent Shostakovich concerti with Järvi) as is György Pauk. I'm not sure what they're like as teachers, but they can't be bad.


PS: If you haven't seen the list of current professors, it's here: http://www.ram.ac.uk/departments/strings-staff.htm

April 6, 2005 at 05:40 PM · They've got enough string faculty to make two orchestras. I'm kind of surprised to see Edgar Meyer teaching bass there for some reason. He's a friend of a friend and I feel like I know him and it just seems weird.

April 6, 2005 at 07:48 PM · Jim,

He's only a visiting professor - he doesn't have a permanent teaching post I don't think (just occasional masterclasses and the like), but I could be wrong.


April 6, 2005 at 09:24 PM · Yep, I think so.

April 7, 2005 at 12:43 PM · Hi, I learn at RAM with Mateja Marinkovic and he is great!!!

April 7, 2005 at 10:11 PM · Hi I live in London and have always heard that Gyorgy Pauk is amazing. I think if I was going to RAM that is the first person I would consider. He is doing masterclasses at the RAM in July, and in Holland later in the summer..why don't you come over to watch?

April 7, 2005 at 10:14 PM · By the way, congratulations on being accepted!! the competition is fierce. I saw in your blog you also got accepted for RCM..do you know that RCM has a (slighty) better reputation for violin? (now I'm going to be killed by everyone :) )

I have only really heard of Pauk fully recommended by everyone at RAM, but at RCM there are many such teachers.. such as Yossi Zivoni, Rashkovsky, Ani Snarch..etc.

April 8, 2005 at 04:15 AM · My teacher's teacher is Mateja Marinkovic - although I've never met him, I can vouch for the fact that he is a fantastic teacher.

April 8, 2005 at 04:25 AM · Not to put too fine a point on it, but Rodney Friend's in the Directory too...

April 8, 2005 at 11:17 AM · Hi Jenni,

Great that you are accepted in both RAM and RCM!

Did you make already a choice or are you first looking for a teacher?

April 8, 2005 at 07:10 PM · I'm first looking for a teacher. :) Thanks for the insight, everyone!! I appreciate it very much.

May 4, 2005 at 09:05 PM · Hi, I've been learning with Igor Petrushevski for the past year and I can highly recommend him...I have improved loads!

May 5, 2005 at 03:58 PM · Igor Petrushevski is professor at Royal Academy of Music in London.I met him in Austria during the festival and after some prolific lessons I succeded in winning several competitions.I had saturated private lessons in London as well.Thanks to his special pedagogical aproach I was accepted at Royal Academy of Music.

Preceeding from my curent succeses my testimony is that Igor Petrushevski is one of the most prominent and outstanding professors of nowdays.

July 17, 2005 at 03:24 PM · Jenni,

Did you make your choice, and if so, why? I'd be interested to know.

July 17, 2005 at 08:03 PM · She's going to study at the RAM with Remus Azoitei, so we will be in the same class!

Sorry, Jenni, that answered in your place, but I'm really SO enthousiastic to know you...

We will meet each other in September!

July 18, 2005 at 01:00 AM · Thanks Sarah,

Would you let me know how things go? I'm looking for the right teacher for me.

July 18, 2005 at 11:47 AM · Aoileann, I didn't start there yet, so I cannot tell you much about the RAM and its teachers, but if you want to know more about it (about how I got there, how auditions are...), you can always send me an e-mail with specific questions.

July 19, 2005 at 01:25 PM · Isn't Vengerov teaching at RAM?

July 19, 2005 at 05:46 PM · He's been appointed visiting professor recently.

July 21, 2005 at 07:10 PM · Hello! Sarah is right, I will be studying with Remus. I'm looking forward to meeting you too!

July 21, 2005 at 08:23 PM · Hi again - do you get to choose, or at least apply for a particular teacher, or audition and take what you get? I'd be a bit worried about that!

January 18, 2006 at 01:24 PM · Anybody have any more information on Pauk? I've heard great things about him.......

January 20, 2006 at 01:36 AM · Anybody have any info?

January 21, 2006 at 02:38 PM · were they postgrad or undergrad?

January 21, 2006 at 04:50 PM · Thank you for that, Patrick, I'm going to try and get hold of the Brahms sonatas asap - I look forward to hearing it.

February 10, 2008 at 05:25 AM · I studied with Igor Petrushevski also! it was at a Northern Lights music festival in Minnesota. I remember, he was an amazing violinist and had a good approach to teaching. (HE'S RUSSAIN) haha

anyway, yea he teaches at Royal Conservatory

February 10, 2008 at 06:39 PM · What's the difference between RAM and RCM

February 11, 2008 at 11:08 PM · Greetings,

they are two completley differnet institutes. One is situated near Hyde Park, the other near Marylebone(?). Bothe have long and honorable traidions. It is generally argued that tehre are thre egreta insitiutes in London (the otrh being the Guildhall which build its department around Yfah Neaman and David Takeno, the latter of whom is still there)with Trinity being someohow a litlte bit of a close second.

I wa sat Royal College of Music 30 years ago. At that time it had a slighlty better reputation for piano and was building up its opera. There were some fantastic teahcers ther ethouhg. Rodney FRiend, Yaroslav Vanacek and Hugh Beanbeing pretty much the top two. The other teachers were the cream of what I regard as the English school of violin playing revolving aroudn being very relaxe dan dlaid back, able to walk into a reocridng session or play well in an orchestra whatever the pressure. The Royal Academy of Music had more of a reputation for producing string @players and seemed to have a bigger roster of superstart teachers including Erick Gruneberg, . I suspect over time the RCM realized it had to start creating a more virtuoso componet to its string department so they brought in Felix Andrievsky and the line up now includes some really stellar Russian fgures. I think the whol dynamics of London Insititutes has changed sicne my time so I am sure Jude can oblige with a more coherent picture...



February 12, 2008 at 05:54 AM · I wish I could, but in my term (singular, alas, as an exchange student) at the RCM I had trouble learning much about the other institutions. I've heard it said that RCM has stronger strings than RAM but RAM stronger winds (50 km/hr), but I haven't heard enough RAM players to comment. For some reason Guildhall gets left out of the comparative conversations, probably because it doesn't have the word "Royal" in its name.

One thing that makes it hard to get a feel for the differences between the schools without actually attending them all is that each of the major conservatoires seems to have a highly insular body of students, faculty, and alumni; huge percentages of the faculty of each London conservatoire are former students, and locally-born students frequently complete all their studies from childhood through postgraduate work at one institution. This results in fierce loyalty and in close-knit professional networks centered around each college. (this isn't particular to London, just an explanation of why I don't have much information)

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