Masterclasses with Simon Fischer

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July 31–Aug 4, 2017

Simon Fischer is returning to PhoenixPhest!

Simon Fischer is among the most celebrated violin pedagogues of our time. Author of Basics, Practice, Scales, and more, he has demystified the study of string playing, and brought to thousands of players around the world a level of help and training that had previously been the privilege of only the few.

Simon Fischer BooksMr. Fischer’s workshop consists mainly of masterclasses with PhoenixPhest participants, with occasional questions answered from the observers. He works with the same group of students each day, allowing for continuity and the opportunity to see a longer term result. Observation of the classes is open to anyone who is interested. The fee is $300 for the week.

“His combination of formidable authority, clarity and generosity makes Fischer a beacon for both players and pedagogues.”
—The Strad magazine, September 2011

“The riveting part of these workshops was seeing the ideas set out in [Fischer’s] books put into practise with a diverse group of students . . . It was striking that Simon gained their trust and attention in so short a time and thanks to that trust we saw some remarkable progress made, especially in the session on tone production.”
—Jane Ramsden, European String Teachers Association

“Simon Fischer is a thoroughly accomplished violinist, a wonderful musician.”
—Vladimir Ashkenazy

“I took the Simon Fischer pedagogy workshop and loved it; every day was loaded with nuggets of gold. His teaching was alive with enthusiasm for interacting with the students and making a difference.”
—2015 PhoenixPhest Workshop Participant

About Simon Fischer

Simon FischerSimon Fischer enjoys a distinguished and wide-ranging career. He has given many solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room, broadcasts for Radio 3 and BBC Scotland, and has frequently played as soloist or leader with many of the major UK symphony and chamber orchestras — including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Ulster Orchestra and others, working with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Groves, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, and Andre Previn.

He also writes and performs his own transcriptions of important classics by composers such as Tschaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Johann Strauss, Rossini and Purcell, and his recording of the complete Brahms Sonatas with Raymond Fischer received high praise in The Gramophone.

Simon Fischer’s published work greatly influences the teaching of the violin. Having written for The Strad magazine since 1991 his so-far 275 consecutive monthly articles have attracted a world-wide following. His technique books Basics and Practice (translated into Korean, Italian and German), Scales and The Violin Lesson, and the DVD The Secrets of Tone Production, have become standard on many continents. He has also written Warming up, described by The Strad magazine as ’23 pages of pure technical gold,” with a DVD called Warming up based on the book.

He frequently gives masterclasses, mini-residencies, recitals and broadcasts abroad, most recently several visits to the USA, to Holland, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Hong Kong and Germany, and two five-week tours of masterclasses and recitals in Australia.

In 2014 Simon Fischer was awarded the European String Teachers Association prize “in celebration of a lifetime contribution to String Teaching.”

Masterclass Registration

(Note: this registration form is for observing the masterclasses. If you are interested in performing, please register as a Phest participant.)