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As a professor, I am particularly interested in promoting the artistic freedom of my students and teaching them the tools to logically analyse musical works. In the following, I would like to explain my teaching approach on the basis of two problems that I have been able to identify over the years with my students. These are inaccurate reading and analysis of the score, and methodology of practice.
Concert performance students need to be very aware of "where" the problem is in the score and "what" the problem is. This is the first starting point of my teaching, and here I fully engage with my students without offering my own interpretation as "the solution". I see it as my job to help students in a way that is as coherent as possible with their own personal choices and interpretations of the score. Part of my work also involves explaining how best to practise, as most students are not yet able to do this effectively during their musical journey.
"Under Maestro Cognolato’s guidance, I was awarded a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Bachelor of Music). I have very fond memories of Maestro Cognolato’s dedication, care, and love that he induced in all of his students and I hope he continues to influence the lives of many more young artists.”
Inesa Gegprifti Albania
"Knowing that Prof. Cognolato is there whenever I need guidance gives me a very strong sense of security in going forward. There are not many teachers who can offer the patience and competence he does."
Mizuho Furukubo Japan
"Igor Cognolato is a very subtile Professor. He has a sharp sense for a student with whom he works and he always teaches in correlation with student’s individual needs. He is very accurate and has a very reach knowledgment so his information is always useful. He has a strong inner feeling for estetics and music, what can be felt and what affects a person that works with him."
Sara Rustja Turniški Slovenia
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