At the risk of jeopardizing my future chances of getting into an awesome studio, I thought it'd be nice to start a discussion on lesser-known teachers--hidden gems that the entire world has not quite yet discovered (to the relief of those auditioning for them). I've studied with my current teacher, Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern, for almost nine years, and he is absolutely an amazing technical teacher who gives his students very solid backgrounds and is extremely clear and precise about every small articulation, and has a knack for knowing how to explain physically exactly how to make a sound, or whatever the problem at hand might be. His teaching technique is somewhat similar to Hans Jensen's (also at Northwestern and more well-known), though less loud and manic.
Also, I recently played in a masterclass for Mauricio Fuks, who teaches at Indiana. This man is amazing. I played the exposition of the Beethoven Concerto, and in three pages he somehow looked into my soul and completely understood what's going on with my playing at this point in my life. He's amazingly emotionally in tune with students. At the same time, he also had a lot of concrete, practical suggests for how to approach a complicated issue. I can't say a lot about him as I've only experienced this one half-hour masterclass with him, but it was by far the best masterclass experience I've had.
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