In association with
Mr Ivan Penev

Bachelor of Music with Honors (July 2012)
Currently - Masters in Performance 2nd Year
Instruments: Piano
Repertoire - During the past five years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (where I have already obtained a Bachelor Degree with Honors) I have covered a stylistically wide range of repertoire, featuring substantial works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Saint-Saens. Having taken composition as an additional study, I also enhanced my knowledge in music theory and harmony. In my final year as a Bachelor I prepared a dissertation project, focused upon the Romantic music for piano, for which I have received the Sibelius Essay Prize.
Genre/Style(s): Baroque Music - Bach, Handel, Scarlatti
Classical Music - Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
Romantic Music - Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Rachmaninoff
Impressionism - Ravel, Debussy
Early Modern Music - Prokofiev, Scriabin
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


In the teacher-pupil connection I put a strong emphasis upon the way of communication. I have always thought, and as my experience testifies, the best results could be accomplished when the teacher clearly understands the specific needs of every single student, without restraining his/her spontaneous imagination and individual approach towards music and without attempting to impose or dictate certain rules or strictness that can compromise the confidence of the pupil. When necessary norms must be explained I always try to present them by demonstration and dialogue, using the two pivotal questions of 'Why' and 'How', so that the pupil can integrate them into his/her own comprehension in a natural way. My role most importantly is to preserve the student's enthusiasm and devotion towards playing, without altering his/her personal vision of the music, but enriching it with new ideas and manners of realization. By this way of communication my ambition is to remove any potential barriers between a person, who knows and a person, who does not. Two reasons have persuaded me to think that the widespread treatment of the teacher as a master, and the pupil as a beginner, can cause a highly negative effect upon the mutual work and progress. First of all in doing and performing music we are both colleagues and friends, and secondly the practice of teaching music is not so much a practice of learning, but more significantly a practice of exploring and interpreting its meaning, for the music is not science, but art.

Contact Ivan

Address: 534 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3LX
Room 3
First Floor
G2 3LX
Phone: 07534832608
Mobile: 07534832608
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00

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