Last year, we celebrated 20 years of Caecilia Andriessen‘s unique piano ensemble weekend course, Pianos for All, at Jackdaws. We are deeply sorry to say Caecilia has announced that her ‘Pianos for All’ weekend this May will be her last course in Great Elm.
Dutch Pianist Caecilia Andriessen, 85, started playing duets with her brother Louis and has gone on to make music with more and more hands at the piano. Her annual course, Pianos for All, has been running since the early days of Jackdaws when she was personally invited by founder Maureen Lehane to bring her unusual brand of piano course to Great Elm.
Each year, her course brings new and old favourite melodies arranged for two, three and four pianists on the same number of pianos. Using her own arrangements of repertoire from Bach to Schumann to contemporary composers, she was one of the first teachers to develop a method for teaching music for multiple pianists.
Caecilia studied piano at the Royal Conservatorium at The Hague and then in Italy with a scholarship from the Italian government. She taught at the Institute of Musical Education at Rotterdam and is much sought after as a lecturer on group-teaching (four pupils on four pianos) and other musical subjects. Her compositions and arrangements for two and three pianos have been published by Uitgeverij Harmonia, Loosdrecht.
Her 21st course, will be her final Jackdaws weekend. We want to say thank you and invite you to be a part of the farewell.
Pianos for All runs for the final time in May 2016. There are just a few places remaining.