Edyta Lajdorf

    concert pianist, harpsichordist, piano teacher and accompanist

    Biography

    Edyta Lajdorf was born in Poland. She graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, where she was under the tutelage of prof. Gordon Fergus – Thompson for piano and prof. Jane Chapman for harpsichord. In September 2016 Edyta will begin her Postgraduate studies as a scholar of Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Edyta has received the Donemus prize in the Prix Annelie de Man in Amsterdam in the Netherlands (2015), second prize in the Valetta International Piano Competition in Malta (2014), been the finalist of the 1st International Piano Competition ‘Performance without limits’ in Lodz in Poland (2013), won the WISE Foundation’s Outstanding Artist award in Boston in the United States (2012), received second prize in the I. J. Paderewski VIII National Piano Competition in Piotrkow Trybunalski in Poland (2011) and second prize in the J.S.Bach XX International Piano Competition in Gorzow Wielkopolski in Poland (2011). In the International Piano Competition in Usti upon Laben in the Czech Republic she received third (2006) and second (2007) prize, and a prize for her interpretation of Beethoven (2007). She also represented her school in the National Audition for Piano Class where she gained second (2005) and fifth place (2010). She took part in the International Chopin Audition in Sochaczew in Poland, winning prizes in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

    Edyta has performed concerts internationally in the Czech Republic, United States, Netherlands, Malta and Poland and in the United Kingdom at venues such as Huddersfield Town Hall, Regent Hall, Savile Club, the Royal College of Music, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, St Mary Abbots Parish Church, Bush Hall and Toynbee Hall. In addition to her solo performances she has played with orchestras, string quartets and choirs. She accompanied soloists in numerous events, including the 3rd Vocal Festival “Belcanto” in Naleczow.

    Edyta has attended many music workshops and masterclasses which gave her the opportunity to work with professors from all over the world (G. Isphording, V. Rosenbaum, A. Korsantia, J. Stanford, A. Wodnicki, J. Banowetz, M. McLachlan, A. Barutti, P. Slavik, V. Nossina, R. Fric).

    Edyta studied piano with prof. Aleksandra Kowalik-Burdzy, organ with prof. Marietta Kruzel-Sosnowska, composition with prof. Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska and Pianoforte with prof. Geoffrey Govier.

    To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts - such is the duty of the artist

    Robert Schumann

    Teaching

    I have a flexible and dynamic approach to teaching and will adapt each lesson to the individual needs of the student, with the emphasis on fun, creativity and progress.

    For the last five years I have been working with children and teenagers. My teaching experience started with a very intensive course in the Early Years Teaching in 2010 that taught me the importance of giving children a good start in music. Between 2010 and 2012 I took part in Music for everyone project supported by Warsaw city. As a workshop leader I was in charge of workshops about Polish Music in non-musical schools, organizing and leading concerts promoting Polish music, leading musical activities and workshops introducing children to the world of music.

    Since 2012 I have been collaborating with RCM Sparks on projects and workshops that gave me the opportunity to work with children coming from different backgrounds and having various experience in music. Working as a music assistant requires from me helping them to discover the beauty of music, create their own pieces and teach them piano.  I have previously worked for organisations such as: the Early Learning Music Academy ‘Elma’, Richmond Music Trust and Funky Monkey Keyboard Classes.

    For the last five years I have been giving private piano and music theory lessons for children, teenagers and adults and also working for RCM Teaching Service at the Royal College of Music. I’m happy to prepare my students for exams (Piano Grades 1-8, Music Theory Grades 1-8, Music GSCE, Music A-Level).

    I teach my students at my studio at Old Brompton Road near Earls Court tube station. I have got a great teaching environment with comfortable place for parents to sit in the lesson if they wish. I’m also happy to travel to students’ homes in South West London. Please contact me if you wish to arrange a trial lesson.

    My teaching profiles:
    Musicteachers.co.uk,
    Thetutorpages.com,
    Tutorhunt.com,
    Firsttutors.com.

    Concert 2016
    Concert 2016

    Royal College of Music, 26.06.2016

    Concert 2015
    Concert 2015

    Peregrine’s Pianos, 13.12.2015

    Concert 2015
    Concert 2015

    Royal College of Music, 5.07.2015

    Piano Lessons London

    Piano Lessons London

    Have you been looking on the internet for piano lessons London? Professional pianist, harpsichordist and piano teacher Edyta Lajdorf is available for lessons in Central and West London.

    concert-2I offer piano lessons for children from the age of five and adults. I’m happy to teach all standards and levels  – from beginners to diploma level. I prepare my students for exams (Piano Grades 1-8 and DipABRSM, Music Theory Grades 1-8, Music GSCE and Music A-Level). With my students I work on the ability to read music, improving their technique, improvising, playing by ear, developing their knowledge of theory, aural, harmony and general musicianship. I’m happy to work on classical and popular repertoire depending on your preferences. I prepare my students for concerts, competitions, exams and auditions for specialist music schools. I encourage my students to participate in concerts I organize for them. It’s a great opportunity to show friends and family what great progress they’re making. A performance encourages everyone to practice and to have a clear goal they’re working towards. 

    Piano lessons for adults

    Are you interested in piano lessons for adults in London? Have you always dreamed of being able to play the piano but didn’t have enough courage to sign up for the first lesson? It’s never too late! Most of my adult students were very nervous before their first piano lesson but after realizing that there’s nothing to worry about, they’ve been surprising everyone (and especially themselves) with their rapid progress. Most of my adult students have a very clear goal and reasons why they want to learn the piano. Are you worrying that you might not have enough time and motivation to practice? I am available to teach on a flexible basis with availability during the day, evenings and weekends. Also, I’m a great example of how to turn your passion into work and still enjoy it. My lessons are tailor-maid depending on your experience:

    • Beginner piano lessons
    • Lessons for self-taught adults
    • Tuition for amateur pianists

    What to expect on your first lesson – Adults

    If it’s your first piano lesson, first of all, don’t worry! Bring your positive attitude and motivation to learn and we’ll take it from there. On your first lesson we’ll talk about your expectations, goals and music you like to listen to. We’ll learn a few simple pieces of music and you will be introduced to the basic music notation. I promise that after the first lesson you’ll be able to play your first piece using both hands. If you don’t have a piano at home, I’m happy to advise you in purchasing the right instrument for you. I also have a number of contacts in the industry for anyone looking to buy or even rent.

    Have you received some previous piano instructions before? If you’re not a beginner and have been playing for a while, please bring a piece or two that you want to be working on. If you haven’t practiced for a while, you can always play your favorite piece on the first lesson. By listening to your playing, I’ll be able to get to know you a bit better and advise you on some future repertoire.

    Piano lessons for kids

    Do you want your child to start piano lessons but you’re not sure if it’s too early? The optimal age to start playing an instrument is 5 years old. On the other hand, I have two 3-year-old students and they are making great progress. Everything depends on your child’s concentration skills and interest.

    What to expect on your first lesson – Kids

    I teach my students with the emphasis on fun, creativity and progress. My aim is to set an atmosphere that will evoke your child’s interest in music. Very often the first contact with an instrument influences our approach towards music and our future development. I always ensure that my students enjoy their first lesson as much as possible. During the first lesson we’ll be getting to know the instrument (what piano consists of and what sounds it makes), how to sit properly and how to play with the correct hand position. We’ll learn what low, middle and high register of the keyboard are and how to play a sequence of notes. We’ll start (or even accomplish) ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ or any other simple nursery rhyme that your child already knows. Do you still need more information? Please visit piano lessons for kids or contact me directly.

    Piano Lessons London

    Has your child been playing the piano before? I would encourage them to bring a piece of music they have been working on recently for our first lesson.

    All piano lessons London are delivered by Edyta Lajdorf BMus (Hons), LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Teaching), SMISM, Royal College of Music graduate, experienced performer and accomplished teacher. If you would like to read more about me, please go to my biography and my teaching experience section.

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    Piano Lessons For Kids

    Piano Lessons For Kids

    Are you interested in piano lessons for Kids? Not really sure whether it might be too early for your child to start an instrument or not? There’re are lots of places in London that offer piano lessons for kids but I thoroughly believe that as a Royal College of Music graduate, experienced performer, teacher and music lover, I’m the best person when it comes to teaching your kids and inspiring them with my passion to music.

    I offer piano lessons for kids from the age of five. Every child is different so I’ll always make a plan individually for each student. I’m happy to work on classical and popular pieces depending on your child’s preferences. During the lessons we learn how to read music and play by ear. We explore our aural skills, learn about history of music and composers from different periods of time. I always encourage my students to improvise or compose their own pieces. Artistic creativity has a significant impact on the construction of human sensitivity and ways to express their emotions, feelings and moods. My aim is not only to teach piano, but to develop love and interest in music in all my students.

    Twice a year I organize concerts for my students. It’s a great opportunity for the little performers to show their friends and family what a great progress they made. A performance encourages children to practice and to have a clear goal towards that they’re working.

    Piano lessons for kids – beginnersPiano Lessons For Kids

    During the first lesson or two, we’ll be getting to know the instrument. We’ll learn at least two nursery rhyme tunes and we’ll be starting to read and write the first notes. I think it’s very important that from the first lesson students learn how to play by ear, read music, play by heart, sight-read, sing, improvise, have the correct posture and hand position. I’m happy to work on the pieces that my students would like to play. If the piece they want to play is still too difficult, I’ll rewrite it for them to match their skills.

    With my beginner students I work from different books and materials, for example:

    Piano lessons for kids – intermediate and advanced students

    I like to work with my students on a different type of repertoire – from early music to contemporary, jazz and modern. I support my students in taking grading exams and diplomas through ABRSM and Trinity College. I think that exams set a goal for young musicians and help them feel that they make progress and just achieved another certificate. On the other hand, I don’t like the approach, that unfortunately lots of teachers have, of only doing 3 required pieces and moving straight away to the next grading exam. There’re lots of pieces in piano music that help students solve technical, rhythmical and interpretation difficult problems and who wants to play the same thing all year round! I encourage my students to work on at least 6 new pieces before they move on to the next grade.

    I offer piano lessons for kids at my studio at Old Brompton Road near Earls Court station. I’m also happy to travel to students’ homes in South West London. Please do get in touch if you wish to arrange a trial lesson. If you’re interested in lessons for adults, click on the this link for more information:  piano lessonPiano Lessons For Kidss London

    All piano lessons for kids are delivered by Edyta Lajdorf BMus (Hons), LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Teaching), SMISM, Royal College of Music graduate, concert pianist and harpsichordist. She won several prizes in the international competitions and performed concerts and recitals in the UK, Czech Republic, United States, Malta, Netherlands and Poland. If you want to find out more about my teaching and performance experience, please click on the links.

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    Duo Dec & Lajdorf

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    Peter Dec and Edyta Lajdorf met at the Royal College of Music in London. Straight away they found a musical connection and decided to begin their collaboration. Their debut will take place at Regent Hall on Friday September 30th at 1pm. Programme will include works by Brahms, Lutoslawski, Elgar and Sarasate. Please check the Concerts page for more details about the concert and our future performances.

    Piotr Dec is a Bachelor of Music (Hons) scholar of the Royal College of Music in London (RCM), where he studies modern clarinet with Janet Hilton and Barnaby Robson, and classical clarinet with Prof. Colin Lawson CBE and Dr. Ingrid Pearson, generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

    In May this year, Piotr made his professional debut playing solo in the Royal Albert Hall, E2bc8b1_97f5a58891074358a38b3a85b9eb5bfclgar Room. He recently premiered Dan Chappell’s ‘After a Portrait’ at the National Portrait Gallery and also featured playing solo on a recording for Chinese Berita Global television. Together with stunning soprano Jennifer Coleman, was in the final of National English Song Competition (2016). In 2015 he made the world premiere of Satie’s Furniture Music at the Southbank Centre and performed Sir Arthur Somervell’s Clarinet Quintet at the ‘Exploring the Archives’ concert at the RCM. In the same year he received a scholarship to work with artists from the Vienna International Music Academy and Berlin Philharmonic Academy. Together with soprano Helaine Liebman, Piotr gave a series of concerts at St. George’s Hanover Square commemorating the holocaust, composed by the American composer Lori Laitman.

    Piotr was the winner of the National Polish Clarinet Competition in Wroclaw (2013), and was also awarded second prize at the International Woodwind Competition in Wroclaw (2013) and International Clarinet Festival in Szczecin (2013). He has appeared playing solo in many well-known venues such as: Wroclaw Philharmonic, Wroclaw Radio and Television Concert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George’s Hanover Square, Southbank Centre, St. James’s Piccadilly Church, Foundling Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum.

    He began his musical training in Wroclaw, Poland, with Mieczyslaw Stachura, professor of Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, gaining a diploma with the highest distinction. He has participated numerous masterclasses given by: Philippe Berrod, Julian Bliss, Patrick Messina, Shirley Brill and Wenzel Fuchs.

    For more information about Piotr, please visit www.piotrdec.wix.com

    Edyta Lajdorf was born in Poland. She graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, where she was under the tutelage of prof. Gordon Fergus – Thompson for piano and prof. Jane Chapman for harpsichord. In September 2016 Edyta will begin her Postgraduate studies as a scholar of Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    20160501121238bEdyta has received the Donemus prize in the Prix Annelie de Man in Amsterdam in the Netherlands (2015), second prize in the Valetta International Piano Competition in Malta (2014), been the finalist of the 1st International Piano Competition ‘Performance without limits’ in Lodz in Poland (2013), won the WISE Foundation’s Outstanding Artist award in Boston in the United States (2012), received second prize in the I. J. Paderewski VIII National Piano Competition in Piotrkow Trybunalski in Poland (2011) and second prize in the J.S.Bach XX International Piano Competition in Gorzow Wielkopolski in Poland (2011). In the International Piano Competition in Usti upon Laben in the Czech Republic she received third (2006) and second (2007) prize, and a prize for her interpretation of Beethoven (2007). She also represented her school in the National Audition for Piano Class where she gained second (2005) and fifth place (2010). She took part in the International Chopin Audition in Sochaczew in Poland, winning prizes in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Edyta has performed concerts internationally in the Czech Republic, United States, Netherlands, Malta and Poland and in the United Kingdom at venues such as Huddersfield Town Hall, Regent Hall, Savile Club, the Royal College of Music, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, St Mary Abbots Parish Church, Bush Hall and Toynbee Hall. In addition to her solo performances she has played with orchestras, string quartets and choirs. She accompanied soloists in numerous events, including the 3rd Vocal Festival “Belcanto” in Naleczow.

    Edyta has attended many music workshops and masterclasses which gave her the opportunity to work with professors from all over the world (G. Isphording, V. Rosenbaum, A. Korsantia, J. Stanford, A. Wodnicki, J. Banowetz, M. McLachlan, A. Barutti, P. Slavik, V. Nossina, R. Fric).

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    Upcoming concerts

    29 April 2016, 1:00pm

    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army), 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ

    Programme:
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Fantasy in D minor KV 397
    Fryderyk Chopin – Nocturne in B flat minor and Nocturne in E flat major op. 9
    Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Mazurka op. 5 and Intermezzo polacco
    Karol Szymanowski – Fantasy op. 14
    Paweł Mykietyn – Preludes no 2,3 & 4
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    4 May 2016, 2:00pm

    Corelli Room, Royal College of Music

    Harpsichord Masterclass with Ton Koopman

    Programme:
    Johann Sebastian Bach – French Suite no. 5, BWV 816
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    13 May 2016, 1:05pm

    St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington Church St, London W8 4LA

    Programme:
    Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Mazurka and Krakowiak op. 5
    Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Intermezzo polacco op. 14
    
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    1 June 2016, 2:00pm

    Ameryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music

    Programme:
    Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Mazurka and Krakowiak op. 5
    Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Intermezzo polacco op. 14
    Paweł Mykietyn – Preludes no 2,3 & 4
    Fryderyk Chopin – Three Nocturnes op. 9
    Karol Szymanowski – Fantasy op. 14

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    Recent recitals

    2016

    • Royal College of Music in London, United Kingdom
    • Savile Club in London, United Kingdom

    2015

    • Royal College of Music in London, United Kingdom
    • St Stephen’s Church in London, United Kingdom
    • Orgelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • PianoSalon Riff, Warsaw, Poland

    2014

    • St Stephen’s Church in London, United Kingdom
    • Philharmonic Concert Hall of Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland
    • Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London, United Kingdom
    • St Mary Abbots Parish Church in London, United Kingdom
    • St. George’s Church in London, United Kingdom
    • Concert Hall of St. George’s Park in Ditchling Common, United Kingdom
    • Bush Hall in London, United Kingdom

    2013

    • St Mary Abbots Parish Church in London, United Kingdom
    • Toynbee Hall in London, United Kingdom
    • Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
    • Peterborough Players Theater in Peterborough, NH, United States
    • Polonia House in Boston, MA, United States

    2012

    • Szuster Palace in Warsaw, Poland

    Orchestral performances

    2015

    • Huddersfield Town Hall (conductor Benjamin Ellin) in Huddersfield, United Kingdom

    2012

    • Polish radio (conductor Maciej Niesiolowski) in Warsaw, Poland

    2011

    • Osterwa Theatre (conductor Marcin Sompolinski) in Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

    I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent, and this is what I have devoted my life to.

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