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The Academy prepares teachers for playing musical instruments and performers of an ensemble or orchestra, and also helps future soloists to enter a higher educational institution.

From the concert hall Jazz academies the sounds of P.I. Tchaikovsky, mixed with the conductor’s remarks – the orchestra met for the first time for rehearsals after the time constraints imposed by the pandemic. The bass of the tuba, the shrill voice of the trumpet, the soft singing of the clarinet and the grumpy talk of the oboe – it is difficult for an outsider to understand how all these sounds merge into beautiful music. Only musicians know how many hours, months and even years it takes to achieve real coherence and good sound.

Read about how future soloists overcome difficulties and enter the big stage in this article.

From schoolchildren to orchestra artists

The Jazz Academy on Trekhgorny Val opened in May 1990. Then it was called GUDI – State School of Brass Art. Since 2017, the educational institution has been headed by the world famous saxophonist, People’s Artist of Russia Igor Butman.

Today, more than 800 people study at the academy – many students regularly perform at concerts and win prizes in international competitions. So, in February alone, students of the academy received about 40 diplomas of various competitions, of which two were international, and one was the Grand Prix at the Popular and Jazz Music Festival in Toronto (Canada) (held online). It was won by a student of the pop department Boris Grigoryan (piano).

Academy students regularly become winners of the Moscow Mayor’s Grants for Culture and Art award.

Graduates play in such well-known ensembles as the Bolshoi Theater of Russia orchestra, the Russian Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra and many others.

The main feature of the Jazz Academy is its versatility. In one building, children can receive both general education and additional music education. And after graduating from school, graduates can stay within its walls and receive the specialty of a teacher of playing an instrument or an artist of an ensemble, orchestra.

Many students dream of continuing their education in a higher educational institution, and the Jazz Academy provides them with the necessary base for this.

The academy studies not only the jazz direction, but also classical music. Nevertheless, it is impossible to master any instrument of a symphony orchestra here: students play either wind instruments – both copper and wood, or instruments that are part of jazz groups. These are piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar and double bass. Also at the academy you can study vocal jazz performance, music and theoretical disciplines.

Students know from their own experience that art requires a lot of work. In addition to their specialty, they study solfeggio, harmony, music literature, teaching practice and other complex subjects. One of the main disciplines, along with the specialty for musicians, is the orchestra.

Askar Bisembin: All threads converge on the conductor

The orchestral class teacher Askar Bisembin has been studying music since childhood. At first I studied violin, but I had to say goodbye to this instrument after a hand injury. Askar thought that on this his musical path would end, but he was offered to master another instrument. So the former violinist took up the French horn and loved it with all his heart.

“All instruments are beautiful in their own way,” says the musician. – Each has its own function, its own beauty. Any instrument of a symphony orchestra can perform solo. “

Perhaps it was this admiration for each instrument in the orchestra that prompted Askar Bisembin to learn to be a conductor as well.

“The conductor has an extremely responsible job – all threads converge on him in the orchestra. It is difficult, but very interesting. You have to know each part, even if not in the smallest details, but the basic elements must be memorized thoroughly. My teacher said that when he was studying in Germany, the teacher made him write down the score of each instrument by heart, ”says Askar.

Askar Bisembin joined the Jazz Academy eight years ago. Prior to that, he worked in the Russian National Orchestra. We had to get used to the specifics of the educational institution: the composition of the team is constantly changing, because students graduate, and new ones come to their place. According to the conductor, this complicates the process, as each musician needs time to play with the rest.

Askar Bisembin is sure: just as classes in the specialty prepare students to play in the orchestra, so the orchestra helps to better master the instrument. After all, students from different courses gather in the orchestra, and the younger ones can listen to the play of the elders, reach after them, improve not only the technique of performance, but also the skills of interaction with other musicians.

Finding common ground with each of the 38 students in the orchestra is not easy. Everyone has their own level of training: someone works harder, and someone, although they have talent, is in no hurry to reinforce it with classes. But under the direction of Askar, the orchestra is making progress and even winning competitions. So, the team was noted Moscow Mayor grant

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Victoria Tabaeva: I always knew that I would connect life with music

It is not easy to enter the Jazz Academy – applicants undergo a serious competitive selection. Both graduates of various music schools in Moscow and children from other cities study here.

Victoria Tabaeva in the first year of the Academy. Her instrument is the trumpet, the loudest in the orchestra. The girl explains the unusual choice by chance. She decided to go to a music school a little later than the others, at the age of 11.

Choosing a pipe, Victoria had a poor idea of ​​what kind of instrument it was. But after the first lesson, I realized that I was not mistaken: the trumpet conquered her from the first sound.

“When I have difficult periods in my life, the only thing I can do is music. I play the trumpet, I fully concentrate on this, and it helps to get away from heavy thoughts, ”admits Victoria Tabaeva.

The girl did not believe until the last that she would be able to enter the academy. “I didn’t study very well at the music school and only in the last year I pulled myself together. But I always knew that I would connect life with music, ”she says.

Victoria has not yet decided on further plans. Like most musicians, she wants to go to a higher educational institution and become a soloist, but the girl does not mind trying herself in teaching. According to Victoria, this is a rewarding experience and a lot can be learned by teaching someone else.

Leonid Ilyin: There will definitely be a rise behind the fall

Clarinetist Leonid Ilyin is a fourth-year student at the Academy. He began his studies here with a music school.

Love for music was instilled in Leonid in childhood. His maternal grandfather was an opera singer and his grandmother taught piano. Leonid’s mother also plays the piano and works as an accompanist.

“I was six or seven years old when my mother asked:“ Are you going to play the clarinet? ” And I agreed, – the musician recalls. – Of course, there were several times that I wanted to give up and give up everything. But at such moments, the main thing is to overcome despondency and remember that the fall will definitely be followed by a rise. “

According to Leonid, music gives him everything – both professionally and emotionally.

“I have always burned with music,” admits Leonid Ilyin. – This is probably why I did not notice difficulties and easily overcame them. And I like to gather people around me who share my passion. “

Now Leonid is preparing to enter the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. The musician is already performing with the Zhukovsky Symphony Orchestra.

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