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Hello, if I am able to speak in Russian is there any possibility I can study music in Russia, or do something in Russia so I can be closer to Russian classical like musicology or teaching english, or even doing something within STEM there and in my free time studying the music there?

I feel like there is a lot of good resources and interesting history there, and I would like to do there or if anyone has some examples or any ideas on where I could atleast visit there for some point to watch some stuff that'd be cool.


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I’m thinking it’s probably not the best time to go to Russia. 🤔


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PabloBear, I hate to bring this up, but have you been following the news about the current situation between Russia and Ukraine, and where the US stands in this? (I’m assuming you live in the US). This seems like a very bad time to contemplate a discretionary trip to Russia.

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You can answer some of your questions by doing a Google search for visa types and residency in Russia.
Others here can fill you in on the music schools.


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I would add to the advice not to travel to Russia right now. Of course, wars come and go and in normal times, it's perfectly possible for anybody to apply to a Russian conservatoire. Although the standard in the main conservatoires is extremely high, there are many other conservatoires and music schools in the country other than St Petersburg and Moscow. Even at St Petersburg and Moscow, it's sometimes possible to go and study on account of being able to afford the international fees.

That said, it's perfectly possible to find a Russian-trained piano teacher in pretty much every country in the world. There are many Russian trained teachers in the USA, UK, all over Europe, Canada, South America, and you'll get training based in that system.

Can I ask, what is it about the Russian system specifically that attracts you? It's a good system, it has produced many phenomenal pianists and phenomenal techniques. Here are some of the things about the Russian system of piano playing that I like:

1. It's systematic in terms of technique. You are first trained in strong fundamentals. You are actually taught how to move your arm and hand in an ergonomic way, and you begin by playing single note exercises on one finger, so that you get used to a neutral hand position used on each finger. At first, you learn how to play a good detached sound, before moving on to legato.

2. There's a strong emphasis on characterisation. You are trained in how to not just type the right notes, but how to characterise pieces. This begins in the very first lessons. If you can get yourself an English copy of Nikolayev's "The Russian School of Piano Playing" you'll see what I mean.

3. It doesn't move that fast in the beginning but it's very comprehensive. You move on when you're ready, and when you move on it doesn't feel difficult. There aren't big jumps from playing beginner repertoire to playing more advanced repertoire because the technique is introduced in small increments.

People look at Russian pianists and see this huge technique, and some onlookers believe it's some kind of magic or even a rushed job, but it's not. It's an extremely well thought out system, it's intensive and absorbing. If you follow the Russian system from beginner level and do it properly, you can be playing ABRSM grade 5 or 6 level pieces with no feeling of difficulty within about three years, which is actually quite fast.

There's a HUGE emphasis on scales and arpeggios and studies. Why don't you find that video documentary on Rosina Lhevine? It's on YouTube, and it's fascinating.


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I would echo Mr. Fleetwood's suggestion that, at the current time and given the uncertainty of the situation in Russia, it might be much better - and easier in many ways - to look for a Russian-trained piano teacher in your area. I would think that would would certainly be the first step to take.

My teacher, for example, has three masters degrees (performance, pedagogy and collaborative piano) from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg where she studied exclusively with well-known Russian teachers. Start looking locally for a Russian-trained teacher if you think that that is what you need and then expand your search horizon as necessary if the local market does not meet your needs.

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Despite Russia great artistry in all fields and lovely usual people, it is since hundreds of years country governed by different type of psychologically ill dicatorships (be it tsars, Lenin, Stalin, Putin). I truly hope they will be as isolated as North Korea.

The only downside is, that they are one of the major supplier of oil and gas.


Personally I would now take 20 nuclear bombs and throw on on Kremlin, second on the district where Putin lives, Third on his opulent palace in Crimea (look videos) and few others on his secret military important places like ports with submarines etc.

If anyone asks, I live in Poland.

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I haven't looked, but I would think in this digital age where information is so freely available there would be online resources (books, videos, tutorials) on any subject, including Russian piano technique. It can't substitute in-person coaching but maybe it's enough to guide you.


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Well before you go read Bill Broders book The Red Notice a true story of a corrupt government and the murder of a young man who would not give up on the truth.
https://www.amnesty.org/en/location/europe-and-central-asia/russian-federation/


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I dont share the view that going now to Russia is dangerous. If you say Ukraine, or any place near the borders, then yes, don't go there. But Rusia in general is as safe now as any other moment. No one is going to go to war against Rusia. Too big for that. USA won't attack Rusia unless they are 100% backed up by Europe. And Europe has a huge dependence on Russia for energetic resources. So there will be a few more weeks of tv noise, then all will calm down.

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I am sure there are places online to discuss politics. But not here.


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