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To take part in the masterclasses as an active participant, pianists will need to apply and submit:

1. Filled-out application form (CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND FILL OUT FORM)

2. One or two links of recently recorded live performances (YOUTUBE LINKS/ UNLISTED OR PUBLIC).

3. A short bio (up to 200 words).

4. propose two pieces out of which one will be heard at masterclass  (for those applying to more than one masterclass, up to four pieces may be submitted for consideration).


Duration of the masterclass is 40 minutes per participant.

 Email the Co-Artistic Directors FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR TO REGISTER INTEREST at ivoryduopiano (at) yahoo (dot) com and follow the dedicated Facebook page.


Deadline for application: 31 July 2024.

The Co-Artistic Directors of the series will present a joint masterclass for SOLO and PIANO DUET repertoire. Participants who wish to work on PIANO DUET (piano-four hands) repertoire will perform their prepared part with one of the pianists and receive coaching from both. If solo repertoire is to be presented instead, both pianists will offer their guidance. SOLO should preferably be by women composers or chosen from late Romantic era to our days. The masterclass is designed for advanced students, teachers, and young professional pianists.


 Dr. Markham is the teacher of Lauren Zhang, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018, himself a finalist in the 1994 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, First Prize Winner at the International Vincenzo Bellini Competition in Italy, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York, and Piano Prize winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. He is Senior Tutor in Piano at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.


Apart from the masterclass and the solo recital, Dr. Markham will also conduct a short Q&A for those interested in auditioning to enter conservatoires.


Jelena Makarova is a  distinguished graduate of the M.K.Čiurlionis School of Arts (Lithuania), the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Drama (Master's), and London’s Royal Academy of Music (PGDip), where she studied piano with Colin Stone. Jelena is particularly noted for promoting new music: she was a pianist for Errollyn Wallen’s opera ‘The Paradis Files’, touring the UK as member of the BBC Concert Orchestra ensemble, she has worked with French pianist Pierre Laurent-Aimard and also performed at György Kurtag’ s Music Festival, where she was also coached by the composer himself. As a co-founding member of the “Living Songs” project, Trio Sonorité, and Chromatikon art/music collective, she was recently featured on Women's Radio Station as part of the Future Classic Women Awards. Her latest recording features the complete piano works by Stewart Lane (“Night Letters” album, digital release, March 2024), released in collaboration with the Lithuanian Music Information Centre and Lithuanian National Radio and Television.


In a career spanning five decades, Julian Jabson has performed extensively in more than 40 countries as well as maintaining an intensive UK concert and recording schedule. His 70th birthday in 2017 was marked by concerts in London and Paris where he performed the virtuoso “War Trilogy” of Prokofiev (sonatas 6, 7 and 8) together with sonatas by Schubert and Beethoven, to critical acclaim.

He made his London debut at the Purcell Room in 1974, followed by appearances in the Park Lane Group’s annual Young Artists series and his Wigmore Hall debut as both solo recitalist and chamber musician. During the 1980s he established himself as a fine duo and ensemble pianist, partnering artists such as Zara Nelsova, Sandor Vegh, Ivry Gitlis, Lydia Mordkovitch, David Geringas, Christian Lindberg and Manuela Wiesler as well as many leading UK instrumentalists including Nigel Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, Moray Welsh, Colin Carr, Alexander Baillie and Philippa Davies.

Former Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Julian is an active recitalist both as soloist and a duettist (Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown Piano Duo), with a large and varied discography for labels such as Meridian, Chandos, Hyperion, Decca Argo, BIS, Continuum, Metier and SOMM. An ongoing commitment to contemporary music has led to many commissions and premieres. In 1987 he gave the critically acclaimed UK premiere of Ligeti’s now famous Etudes Book One; a subsequent recording for BBC Radio 3 was highly praised by the composer. Composers who have written for him include Robert Saxton, Simon Bainbridge, Benedict Mason, Philip Cashian, Daryl Runswick, Keith Tippett, Charles Camilleri and Robert Keeley; Michael Nyman wrote the piano trio “Time Will Pronounce” for Julian’s ensemble the Trio of London.


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