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SHALMAN Savely



Savely M. Shalman (b. 1945) is a prominent Russian violin teacher, Honored worker of Cultur, PhD in Arts. In 1963 he graduated from Rimsky-Korsakov College where he studied under Professor A.Rushansky, then he studied in Leningrad Conservatoire under famous Professor B.Sergeev (who also taught D.Berlinsky, S.Stadler, M.Fedotov, T.Grindenko among others). He worked in orchestras and chamber ensembles, played concerts in Leningrad and other cities until he discovered his teaching genius in 1972 when he joined Vassileostrovsky Music School. For a period of time he taught violin teaching guidelines and art of teaching violin in Leningrad Conservatoire but since 1990 he focused solely on the work with his pupils in Special Lyceum by Sankt-Petersburg Conservatoire and other schools. Among his pupils are Lidia Baich (Austria), Alexander Levinson (assistant orchestra leader of Boston Symphony orchestra) and many other members of leading Russian, European and American orchestras.

Activities of S. Shalman include numerous workshops and lecturing both in Russia and abroad, in Europe and USA. Together with Natalia Gutman, Alexander Brussilovsky, Brenno Ambrosini and others he is a docent of the International Schnittke Academy. Often he finds himself invited as a jury member to various international violin competitions. His articles and essays appear in magazines, he is engaged as a compiler and editor of numerous albums of violin music. Among them there are albums that came out of print in Compozitor Publishing house: Anthology of violin pieces in 4 volumes, Tartini’s Variations on Corellis theme (Art of the bow), pieces by Rakhmaninov, Gavrilin and many others.

Savely Shalman developed and implemented new and effective system of upbringing of young violinists that ensures fast progress and constant motivation.

His method is at the core of his book I will be a violinist!, which is at the moment one of the most popular and sought for violin methods/practicing guides. The first volume came out of print back in 1984 and was instantly reprinted in 1987. Since the appearance of the 2nd volume the total edition comprises the whole period of violin studies.

During last decades this method became indispensable in violin teaching in Russia and responding to numerous requests Compozitor (SPb) now publishes the third edition, revised and enhanced.

Both books are divided into sections, in which the author addresses his audience; each section is dedicated to the specific skill or element of violin performing. The note material encourages pupils music imagination, develops their emotional responses, technical skills and the sense of style. The method is entertaining and easily comprehended. The book is equally useful to those who just begin studying and those who wish to enhance or correct their performing apparatus. This book helps late beginners (8 years or older) to catch up with the others. Supplementary sections are introduced. They are dedicated to various aspects of violin culture, namely

  • to the parental aid and control (Hints to parents),that would help to make practicing more effective,
  • to the theoretical studies (Methodical comments), that contain detailed and specific notions and pieces of advise,
  • to the historical background (Of violin and violinists) which elaborates on the history of the violin and its peculiarities as an instrument, acquaints the reader with great violinists and great teachers of the past.

The first in the world attempt of violin video-aid is an excellent addition to the method. Sectioned in 2 big parts it illustrates visually Mr. Shalmans way of upbringing young violinists. The 1st section, I will be a violinist! (7 episodes), illustrates the whole method and its guidelines. The 2nd section, I will be a violinist! Instructive and concert repertoire, isdedicated to practicing of barocco and romantic pieces, violin concertos and virtuoso pieces and caprices; it introduces young violinists brought up according to Mr.Shalmans method and allows to follow their progress year after year from age 5 to age 18. Fragments of video and audio recordings of great masters of violin of XX century are included for comparison.


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