About Celine Gaurier-Joubert

Founder of The London Piano Institute, Celine Gaurier-Joubert is a concert pianist and one of the world’s leading experts on piano education for adults.

Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel performed by Samson Francois


In a Nutshell: Mesmerising piano suite by Maurice Ravel, performed by Samson François. Enchanting nymphs, eerie gibbets, and mischievous goblins. Virtuosity and poetry. Intricate score brought to life with passion and precision. Essential listening for any classical music fan. Captivating and unforgettable musical experience. About the Piece: "Gaspard de la Nuit" by Ravel, as interpreted by Samson François, is a captivating piano suite composed in 1908. François' performance showcases the suite's intricate storytelling and Ravel's poetic musical language. It comprises three movements, each inspired by Aloysius Bertrand's poems: Ondine: François skillfully captures the enchanting allure of the water nymph Undine in [...]

Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel performed by Samson Francois2023-09-20T08:10:50+01:00

Moritz Moszkowski – Piano Concerto in E major, Op 59


In a nutshell: Dedicated to Josef Hofmann in 1898 Features solo piano with orchestra Four movements: Moderato, Andante, Scherzo (Vivace), Allegro deciso Showcases resolute themes, expressive passages, nimble running themes, and flowing character Reflects Moszkowski's brilliance and virtuosity About the piece: Moszkowski's Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major is a dazzling and expressive composition dedicated to Josef Hofmann. With its rich orchestration and virtuosic piano passages, the concerto's four movements showcase Moszkowski's brilliant musical style, ranging from resolute themes to nocturne-like passages and lively scherzo sections. Listen to the piece of music:

Moritz Moszkowski – Piano Concerto in E major, Op 592023-09-18T09:22:36+01:00

Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand played by Samson Francois


In a nutshell: The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was composed by Maurice Ravel. It was written in the 1920s for Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian pianist who lost his right arm in WWI. The piece is notable for using a single hand, creating a unique sound, and is considered a 20th-century masterpiece, often performed by virtuoso pianists globally. Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second. We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art. I did my work slowly, drop by drop. I tore it out of me [...]

Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand played by Samson Francois2023-05-03T13:48:25+01:00

What is the best Christmas gift for a piano lover?


When mid-November arrives, we all have the same thoughts. We are aware that Christmas is approaching, and we begin to think of ideas to delight our loved ones. As is normal, we want to come up with the best present ideas, but we have no idea what will make them happy. When we consider their areas of interest, we immediately conclude that they already have "everything." We also don't want to appear too cliche and choose the obvious gift. The most difficult task is when a friend or family member is interested in a field about which you know nothing. I [...]

What is the best Christmas gift for a piano lover?2021-11-23T09:51:23+00:00

The bridge between classical and jazz piano


I am a classically trained pianist who was invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival and decided to move to jazz soon after this unique experience. I was 23 years old and had finished my piano studies in Paris before travelling to Switzerland to hone my skills. I was preparing for a number of international piano competitions when I realised I had reached a plateau. Finding performing chances was difficult, and I wasn't sure which door to open next. I was still rehearsing various pieces of classical repertoire on a regular basis, but I didn't have anything to look forward [...]

The bridge between classical and jazz piano2021-10-18T15:47:12+01:00

The fear of failure is the primary reason why adults do not begin learning to play the piano.


When I meet new people in different contexts, I am frequently asked what I do for a living. People are often amazed and envious when I tell them I am a pianist. “I wish I could play a musical instrument!” I frequently hear. It's amazing to meet so many people who want to play the piano but don't take the necessary steps to make their desire a reality! I am always astounded when individuals tell me how much they want to do something but do nothing to make it happen. I understand that it is not always simple to make our [...]

The fear of failure is the primary reason why adults do not begin learning to play the piano.2021-10-11T14:26:52+01:00

How adults can start to play the piano?


Many adults contemplate the idea of starting to play the piano, but they do not always know where to begin. "Is there a book I can buy?", "Shall I look on YouTube?", "Shall I rather contact a piano teacher or a music school?", "Is it even possible for me as an adult to learn how to play the piano?". So many questions go through their minds that they often exhaust themselves looking for the answer and lose the courage to take any action. They feel lost and do not know who to turn to. I completely understand that adults are often [...]

How adults can start to play the piano?2021-10-11T11:22:17+01:00

Why I love teaching adult amateur pianists


I enjoy teaching adult amateur pianists for a variety of reasons, but the major one is that they have a passion and love for the instrument that I have rarely seen in professional pianists. Professional pianists, of course, adore the piano; otherwise, they would not have chosen to spend their lives playing it, but the level of perfection necessary can sometimes turn the situation around. To defend your title as a concert pianist, you must ensure that each performance is flawless and that each note is played in a precise manner to ensure the overall beauty of your interpretation. Technical and [...]

Why I love teaching adult amateur pianists2021-10-02T09:14:46+01:00

This race against the clock will kill your piano playing


Some adults begin their piano studies with the intention of completing it quickly. They do not begin because they are enthusiastic about playing the piano and want to incorporate this wonderful activity into their lives. They begin piano lessons as soon as possible in order to achieve their goal and cross it off their bucket list. I have met a few adults with this mindset who told me right away that they were going to give it a year. They wanted to quickly master piano playing so they could move on to something else. It had to be done as we [...]

This race against the clock will kill your piano playing2021-10-01T10:32:14+01:00

Dont’ follow the crowd – Succeed at piano playing


I'm always perplexed by most adults' attitudes toward piano playing. Most adults begin and then stop after a few weeks. I don't understand why they embark on such a wonderful journey and then abandon ship at the first hurdle. I've been teaching piano for over 20 years and I've noticed a consistent pattern: 9 out of 10 adults stop taking piano lessons after 6 months. Some of them stop even earlier. It happens not only with my students, but also with people who take classes with my colleagues. Adults appear to have a misunderstanding about piano playing. When they begin their [...]

Dont’ follow the crowd – Succeed at piano playing2021-09-16T13:12:38+01:00
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