Harpsichord Lessons in The Hague
Is Baroque and Renaissance music your true passion? Are you approaching this music for the first time? Or are you an experienced harpsichordist, looking to improving your playing abilities and striving for a deeper understanding of basso continuo?
In my Studio
My name is Avinoam Shalev, I have been playing the harpsichord in addition to the piano for over 10 years now, and would love to share my experience with you. I'm an enthusiastic and patient harpsichord teacher, located in The Hague. Enjoy my collection harpsichords!
Online Harpsichord Lessons
I also offer inspiring, comprehensive and motivating online harpsichord lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. live feedback and instructions. Book a trial lesson or buy & try the 3 lesson Starter's Package!
In case you didn't know...
The harpsichord is an extremely special instrument. It was in active use for about 400 years, slumbered throughout most of the 19th century and about a hundred years ago started gaining popularity again. Today, there are thousands of harpsichordists around the world playing solo and chamber music.
Whether you've played the piano before or not, it's always a good idea to try out the harpsichord. The touch and sound are very different to a piano and it (seemingly!) has no dynamic range. It is really like a harp with a keyboard - definitely something new for you! Feel free to book a trial lesson - I'll gladly introduce you to the harpsichord in my studio in The Hague.
What can you expect?
We will start out with basic technique and F. Couperin's wonderful book "the Art of Playing the Harpsichord", continue with inventions and other small pieces by Bach as well as suites by Bohm and Buxtehude. You will also learn the basics of basso continuo (figured bass). You will get to know different styles from the Baroque and Pre-Classical era, such as Sturm und Drang. But even Haydn was still composing for the harpsichord!
If you're already an experienced harpsichord player, I'd be glad to share my knowledge in the fields of touch, technique and figured bass, working with historical sources. We will go deep into advanced types of Tempo Rubato, improving the independence of both hands in order to reach true polyphony, where each voice has its own life.
Improvisation and Ornamentation
I will introduce you to the fantastical world of ornamentation. We will use tables of ornaments by many different composers. I also offer tips and exercises for improvisation. It is especially challenging and fascinating to learn how to improvise in the composer's style. Curious? Book a trial lesson and see what it's like!
Out of Tune?
Learn how to tune your harpsichord and get tips on getting faster at it. There is much to discover, from the basic physics of temperaments to historical tunings like Valotti and Neidhardt, as well as practical advice on how to improve your tuning technique and speed. I'm looking forward to meeting and working together!
Born in Israel, Avinoam graduated his Bachelor's degree in piano, musicology, harpsichord and organ at Tel Aviv University summa cum laude. He was awarded a full scholarship for the Accademia Villa Bossi in Italy for harpsichord and fortepiano. He later completed two Master's degrees with distinction on these instruments at the Hannover University of Music, Germany. After winning the 1st prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany in 2018 he has been playing solo recitals across the Netherlands, England and Germany. He has also established two early music ensembles: Lynx Ensembleand Ensemble Arava. He has been teaching private lessons on piano, harpsichord and music theory since age 15. Between 2018-2020 he teaches harpsichord, continuo and chamber music at the Stuttgart University of Music, Germany.