Marietta Petkova

'I don’t follow any particular teaching method; I don’t believe in manuals. For me, every student is the unwritten first page of a wonderful book'.

Marietta has overcome some obstacles in her own career. She’s completely dedicated to helping young talent. She understands their need for freedom, and the endless quest for union with the piano and the music. In a safe and trusting atmosphere, Petkova shares her vast experience with masterclass participants and helps them to chart out the next step in their development. The focus is on both the composition and the interpreter. It might be, for instance, gaining deeper insight into the musical world of Bach, Schumann, or Rachmaninov, or it could be practical advice for playing. All along the way there is guidance for the physical and emotional possibilities for each participant.

Petkova, whose own musical development benefitted strongly from György Sebök’s masterclasses, deploys all her empathy, curiosity, and tact to cultivate the essence of what is to be a pianist. It is a true adventure for the public to witness this remarkable process.