Education and Background
Ludmila Kurtova graduated from Moscow State Conservatory, one of the world’s leading music schools, with honors. A renowned pianist, she has studied under Professor S. Feinberg.
Ms. Kurtova has had more than thirty years of performing as a member of the Moscow State Philharmonic, an organization of the best musical performers in the former Soviet Union. Her experience includes over fifty recitals per year around the world as a soloist and chamber performer with famous musicians, winners of many international competitions, such as Mark Lubotsky and Victor Pikayzen (violinists), Valentin Feigin, and Adolfo Odnopossoff (cellist). For her performances in the United States, Ms. Kurtova received a United Nations honorary medal, and was named an honorary citizen of the state of Minnesota.
In parallel with her performing career, she has worked as a piano teacher at the Bela Bartok College of Music in Budapest and at the Russian Piano School in Leipzig. From 1992 to 1999 she taught private piano lessons and master classes in Italy and Switzerland. Her students were acclaimed in the European community, winning national competitions in Switzerland and the Streza International Competition in Italy in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
As a musician and teacher, Ms. Kurtova received a number of acknowledgements from the press and famous musicians, including cellist Pablo Casals and conductor Sir Georg Solti.
Ms. Kurtova teaches private piano lessons and chamber music. She has been a member of the CSMA Music Faculty since 1998. All of her students are instructed in accordance with the criteria established by the London Royal School of Music. All of them are successfully passing the exams of this school, consistently scoring at a high level. Most advanced students are receiving a diploma.
From 2008-2010, Ludmila’s students won 16 different medals, including 8 golds, in international piano competitions.
An exceptional teacher, Ms. Kurtova’s greatest talent lies in her ability to teach not only the technical skills, but also to extract from her students a deep emotional understanding and appreciation of the music. Ms. Kurtova believes that her students’ work in technique and in musical appreciation should go hand-in-hand from the beginning. Her motto is, “Everybody can reach perfection according to his or her natural talent through hard work.”
In the Words of Others
“Here she was in great demand as an extremely gifted teacher, who produced huge progress with children of any age.”
—Markus Stocker, Professor
Conservatories of Wintertur und Zurich
“L. Kurtova’s performances are characterized as subtle, full of emotion and technically flawless. Concerts in which she performed always enjoyed great success and favorable reviews by music critics.”
—Y. Pribegin, Director
Moscow State Philaharmonic Society
“I had the opportunity to listen to her students play and was very impressed when I discovered they had achieved such wonderful results in only two years of practice under the guidance of Ms. Kurtova.”
—Oxana Gablonskaya, Professor
The Juilliard School, New York
“She established herself as a brilliant pianist, a wonderful chamber music partner of well-known Russian musicians, and as an excellent piano teacher.”
—Mark Lubotsky, Professor
Hochshule fur Music, Hamburg