Following the important demand to develop a more versatile approach in educating musicians for multiple career choices, Collaborative Piano brings new skills, a new approach and awareness and very specific training courses to UiA’s students.
Collaborative Piano stands for the idea of pianists “working together” with other instrumentalists, singers, actors etc. in all kinds of settings.
It includes chamber music, but also reaches out further and involves training in skills in other areas, such as opera, Lied, training as a rehearsal-, audition- or competition - piano partner. You will learn to evaluate your future work field, and shape strategies for your professional life in various areas of piano playing.
In order to achieve this, we offer extensive training in repetiteur and collaborative piano techniques in working with singers and instrumentalists in opera, Lied and instrumental repertoire and accompanying choral ensemble, instruction in a wide knowledge of Chamber Music and in topics of diction and translation referring to Lied and opera text as well as questions of performance practice and rehearsal techniques. Analytical techniques and a command of contemporary styles and techniques round up the programme.
Developing the art of “working together”, is a core component of a successful and rewarding life. The Collaborative Piano in-depth field at UiA (the first and only one of its kind in all of Scandinavia as of now), will provide tools and widening opportunities for a successful career as a pianist.
Main professor and in-depth field leader: Professor Cordula Hacke.
Photo: Cordula Hacke
Pianist Cordula Hacke has a thriving career with an emphasis on the instrumental and vocal chamber music and collaborative piano repertoire. Her chamber music partners include principal wind and string players from some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Symphony Orchestras (Berlin, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Cologne and Stuttgart), the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 she founded the Trio Art Nouveau, a piano trio dedicated to the music of the Fin de Siècle. Her extensive discography ranges from the works of contemporary Japanese and women composers to those of artists such as Pavel Haas, Leo Smit, and Paul Hindemith. Having worked closely with American composer George Crumb for many years, Cordula Hacke has been invited to perform his works in prestigious festivals in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Canada and the USA. Her recording of Crumb's Vox Balaenae was released by Arte Nova-BMG Classics. Prof. Hacke was a member of the teaching faculty at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf (2000-2013) and serves on several juries of international competitions, and she is the chairwoman of the jury at the Internationale Kuhlau Wettbewerb, Uelzen. In 2019 she started cooperations between the EKAL (Europäische Kammermusik Akademie Leipzig) and UiA as well as NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad) and UiA.