The first decades of the 19th century constituted an era of new playing-methods. Some of these newly founded schools, such as the one of Carl Czerny, passed through some of the most important figures of piano history like Franz Liszt, Theodor Leschetizky, Moritz Moszkowski, Alexander Siloti and Sergei Rachmaninoff all the way to the 21st century. However, the lesser known and discussed methods of pianists, composers and pedagogues Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Frédéric Chopin were not considered of any lesser importance at the time and formed their own innovations and contributions.

In this short presentation I will examine some of the highlights in Hummel’ and Chopin’s methods, as I discuss the differences between them as well as the way the first influenced the latter. This will be followed by an informed performance of Chopin’s Nocturne in Db, Op.27 no.2.

Almog Segal

From Hummel to Chopin: Pianistic Innovations

9 Oct. 2021 | 11:45

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Almog Segal is an Israeli pianist who performs regularly across the world. He has played with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Virtuosi Orchestra, Hong-Kong APA Orchestra, Tel-Aviv Soloists, the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem, Haifa, Ra’anana, Ashdod and Netanya-Kibbutzim; recorded for “Naxos” together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and “Multipiano” ensemble.

From 2006 he studied with Mrs. Luisa Yoffe and from 2014 with Prof. Tomer Lev at the BMSM in Tel-Aviv. In 2020 he graduated from the M.Mus. program of the Franz Liszt Academy in Germany in the class of Prof. Balazs Szokolay. Today he is studying towards the Dr. artium degree at the Kunstuniversität in Graz under the supervision of Prof. Milana Chernyavska and Prof. Andreas Dorschel. During his studies Almog was supported by the AICF and DAAD.

Almog won the first prize, audience favorite and the best performance of an Israeli piece prizes at the Aviv Competitions, third prize at the “Tel-Aviv International Piano Competition”, and first prizes at: “MozArte” Competition, “M. Clairmont Prize”, “Voice of Music Young Artist Piano Competition”, “Piano Forever Competition”, “Pnina Salzman Competition” and “The Israel Chopin Piano Competition”.