Welcome to the personal website of Alla Voskoboynikova. Here you will find details of upcoming events and hear selections of Alla's performances both as a solo pianist and as a collaborative artist.
Summer Keyboard Camp 2018
My Teaching Philosophy
My philosophy of teaching is based on my personal rich teaching experience (more than 30 years of teaching individual piano lessons as well as performance/pedagogy/ accompaniment classes in both Russia and USA), on my extensive performing experience (both solo and collaborative), and on my thoughts and reflections.
First of all, I am convinced that it is enormously beneficial for my students to have a piano professor who is also a performer.
Performing is an essential part of my life. Working on new programs, performing and collaborating with composers, conductors, instrumentalists, and vocalists, performing on different stages, going through the learning process every day reminds me what it is like to be a student. I remember very well the first year of my undergraduate studies when my teacher worked with me on Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky and it became clear to me that this is what I want to do my whole life, this is my real passion.
As a teacher, I want to be an inspiration to my students; I want to teach them how to practice effectively, how to be disciplined and organized, but even more importantly, to enjoy the process of learning, a life-long process that makes you not only a better pianist, better musician, but also a better thinker, a much deeper person.
One of my most important goals for my students is the development of their love and appreciation for art in a wide sense. I encourage them to do research on music they play, on composers they study; I help them to track the connections and influences in music and painting, and music and literature; I advise them to visit art museums, art galleries, and dance concerts along with symphonic or instrumental/vocal/chamber music concerts.
My goal is to help my students to develop personally, not only musically or intellectually. I want them to grow into ambassadors of music, art, and culture.
My piano studio is very diverse. I have students from China, Bosnia, and South Korea, among others. Students come with different backgrounds, experiences, different ages, and work ethics.
I learned from the years of experience that what makes for success is individualized attention. In my early years of teaching I tried many methods and method books, but gradually came to the conclusion that the best method book is no method book. In my lessons these days I use a compilation of methods and my own teaching experience. I “create “a method for each individual I am working with.
My students know that I have high expectations for them. I make it clear to them in our lessons and classes. They also know that each one of them is different and I will look at those differences with all my attention and help them to turn their weaknesses into strengths.
Summer Keyboard Camp
June 18-22, 2018. UMSL Campus.
The UMSL School of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to annouce the second annual Summer Keyboard Camp open to all middle school, high school and community college students. Participate in master classes, one-on-one piano/organ/harpsichord lessons, supervised practicing, discussions, student recitals, faculty performances and more during the UMSL Summer Keyboard Camp. Register online by June 9th for Early Bird pricing! Please visit the UMSL website for more information and to register.
“THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING”
Monday, October 9th, 2017 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - 7:30pm
The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO
Oceans may separate us, but music brings us together. Listen to some great music by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Gliere and Tchaikovsky, with an Italian flavor.
Gliere- Romance for Violin and Piano in D, Op. 3
Prokofiev- Aria from the cantata “Alexander Nevsky,” Op. 78
Rachmaninoff- Prelude, Op. 23 No. 5
Rachmaninoff- Prelude, Op. 3 No. 2 in C# minor
Shostakovitch- Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano
Tchaikovsky- Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet
Tickets - $20 General, $18 Seniors, $10 Students/Youth
Please visit the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis event page for more information.
Pianist Alla Voskoboynikova and STLSO guests: David Halen, violin and Yin Xiong, cello
Thursday, November 9th, 2017 - 7:30pm.
Touhill Performing Center - Lee Theater
Join us for an unforgettable evening of some of the most admired and heartfelt pieces in the chamber music repertoire. Pianist Alla Voskoboynikova shares the stage with St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen and his colleague Yin< Xiong, who joined the cello section of the SLSO in 2016. Mozart’s charming and sophisticated Violin Sonata in B-flat Major launches the evening, followed by a glorious transcription for cello and piano of Brahms’ Six Lieder, Op. 86. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky's magnificent and mammoth Piano Trio in A minor, In Memory of a Great Artist, dedicated to his friend and colleague Nikolai Rubinstein. We look forward to seeing you at the concert! Meet and greet the artists after the concert in the Lee Theater Lobby.
Tickets - $20 General, $18 Seniors, $10 Students/Youth
Please visit the UMSL event page to purchase tickets.
Composer Spotlight Series: Shostakovich
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00-8:00pm
World Chess Hall of Fame: 4652 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), was one of the major composers of the 20th century. Achieving fame during the height of the Soviet Union, he was at various points championed and persecuted by the government as they imposed strict standards for Soviet art. Shostakovich’s music reflects this emotional roller coaster, at times full of humor, wit, and nationalism, while at others portraying defiance and bleak resignation.
This concert will feature Russian pianist, Alla Voskoboynikova, and members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in a program of chamber music for piano and strings, most notably Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57. An immediate success, the work won the Stalin Prize and was frequently performed by Russian string quartets, often with the composer at the piano.
Performed by members of the St. Louis Symphony:
Alla Voskoboynikova, piano;
Xiaoxiao Qiang & Hyorin Han, violins;
Chris Tantillo, viola;
Yin Xiong, cello.
Reservations are required.
To purchase tickets, visit worldchesshof.org or call (314) 367-9243.
*$5 tickets available for members, seniors, and military.
Admission includes one free drink and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Metered on-street parking is available, as well as paid lots adjacent to Kingside Diner and at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.