Millikin University School of Music and Millikin Piano Club present guest Czech pianist, educator, and Alexander technique instructor, Dr. Karolina Syrovatkova, in a wellbeing webinar for musicians.
The interactive webinar is open to both instrumental and vocal musicians interested in improving their performance abilities through various well-being techniques. We will cover the importance of proper mental and physical preparation, both for practice sessions and for performances. We will discuss breathing techniques, basics of the Alexander technique as it relates to posture and efficiency of movement, and briefly touch upon the importance of self-care for musicians through various means such as meditation, visualisation, yoga, etc.
Internationally recognized Czech pianist Karolina Syrovatkova has been called "a true poet of the piano." (ABQ Review) She is known for her innovative approach to performing in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers. She is the winner of several international competitions including the North London and the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Competition. Her vision as a musician is deeply rooted in both the pianistic lineage of European(L’Ecole Normale in Paris, Prague Conservatory) and American schools (University of Maryland: BM, University of Texas at Austin: MM and DMA) and in the innovative principles of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT Certified Teacher).
Other than performing, Karolina is passionate about helping her students and fellow injured musicians to overcome their physical and mental obstacles in reaching their goals. She has instituted several well-being seminars and courses for musicians in the US, Mexico and Europe based on her knowledge of the Alexander Technique.
In addition to an active performing and teaching career, Karolina’s multifaceted musical vision has led her to launch classical music series both in the US and in Europe. She has been a champion of Czech music, particularly the music of her distant relative, Bedřich Smetana and of Leoš Janáček. Her latest CD of Bohemia piano music will be released in 2021. Her experimentation with bridging the gap between classical music and its audiences has led her to create a new art form she calls a “drama concert.” Her series titled Great Women in Music combines theater and a classical piano recital in an educational as well as immersive format. She has written and channeled the personae of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Olga Janáček, Caroline von Esterházy, Anna Magdalena Bach, Vitezslava Kapralova and Amy Beach. More at www.pianistkarolina.com