I want to learn a new concerto over the summer, and really need some suggestions. I have played Saint-Säens No. 3, Wienaski No. 2, Lalo Spanish Symphony, and just recently finished Khachaturian. My teacher didn't give me much advice, just to choose something I would like. Of course I love all of the great ones, Tchaikovksy, Brahms, Sibelius, but I think they are WAY out of my league. Also, I want to choose something appropriate for auditions in December. Thank you so much in advance for any suggestions or comments you may have!
PS. If you would like to recommend some other pieces or anything which might be good for my level, and improving technique, I would be extremely grateful!
How about Prokofiev?
It's about time to learn Mendelssohn or Bruch G. Goldmark is good also.
Yes yes ... Bruch and Mendelssohn ... I assumed she did those if she did all those other fancy numbers. Maybe bad assumption.
What's the audition? If it's high-stakes (like a conservatory audition) your teacher should
I would not study Mendelssohn with a teacher who is not intimately familiar within how to teach the piece. It requires a different level of teaching than pieces like Bruch or Symphonie Espagnol.
Wow! Thank you all for your replies! I wasn't imagining so many haha.. So to respond to a few:
I don't think Sibelius is any harder than one of the Prokofievs, and judging from what you've already played, I think you could probably handle it.
Starting a concerto in the fall (September?) sounds a bit tight for a December conservatory audition. I think you want plenty of time to polish whatever it is that you intend to play.
No, Mendelssohn is not good for auditions. The opening of Prok 1 needs to be played incredibly beautifully, so I think Prok 2 is better for auditions because it shows off a lot of different things. You should also consider Paganini #1 with the Wilhemj cadenza. It's not as difficult as you might think and good for a younger player.
Lydia, Thank you for your suggestions! I will probably talk with my teacher soon to see what he recommends, but he always prefers for me to find something on my own and be kind of more independent. So I am glad I have some ideas which I can mention to him.
What about Mozart? If you've been doing a lot of romantic concertos, it would be a whole set of new problems to master.