Residential piano courses at Le Vert, Mauroux, a charming hôtellerie in the Lot-et-Garonne region, South West France.
Participants are guaranteed a warm welcome from hosts Bernard and Eva Philippe, stylish and comfortable accommodation, superb food – and inspirational tuition from James Lisney.
The ideal setting for a piano course. Excellent musical facilities, idyllic surroundings and expert hospitality. I cannot imagine a more luxurious piano retreat…
Four of the days will start with a presentation on a range of subjects such as effective practice strategies, technical regimes, a primer for harmonic understanding, style points in particular composers, art of pedalling etc. The exact list will be customised once requests are confirmed from students who are participating in the course.
Masterclass tuition – three sessions of minimum 30 minutes per student, plus over eleven hours of observable classes during the week
Individual lessons – three sessions of 45 minutes
Performance – the opportunity to give an early evening recital and take part in the final concert. James will give at least one recital during the week.
…what emerges in the course of a week is a radiant affirmation of the pianistic art and the repertoire. Throw in some aperitifs, summer heat, a midnight swim under starlight, the sound of a commercial solicitor practising Scriabin, and the sense of having entered an enchanted realm is complete. For lovers of the piano, this is the closest you will get to heaven on earth.
Conrad Williams, author
For the salon, a superb Steinway B (2012) and a recently reconditioned Yamaha C5. Practice will be available on two further grand pianos and a mix of acoustic and digital instruments.
James can give lessons or further support (email or Skype) in advance of the course to ensure that students make the most of their time at Le Vert. In addition, there will be social events in London for course participants with opportunities to perform.
James’ masterclasses are always good natured and informative with a strong sense of musical camaraderie
All students and partners are accommodated on site in spacious, air-conditioned rooms benefitting from television, hairdryer and effective free WIFI. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool.
The accommodation comprises
- four ensuite rooms inside the grand house
- two ensuite rooms in the old farmhouse (with terrace or private garden)
- two rooms in the family house (shared bathroom but access to the entire house and grand piano)
Belgian chef Bernard Philippe has run Le Vert as one of the leading restaurants in the area for many years. He trained in several Michelin-starred kitchens and is expert in creating healthy menus using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. A continental breakfast and delicious lunch will be complemented by evening aperitifs with amuse-bouches and a three-course dinner. Wines with dinner and all refreshments are included in the course fee.
On two evenings the group will visit local restaurants
There is plenty to keep a non-playing partner occupied as Le Vert is set in stunning countryside with walks and cycling immediately accessible from the grounds. Further afield, there are countless attractive bastide towns within easy reach such as St Cirq Lapopie, Tournon d’Agenais, Cordes-sur-Ciel etc. Cahors is a major centre and well worth visiting.