Marbella Music Masterclass Series

Faculty 2019


Marbella Music Masterclass Series 2021 postponed to 2022!

Michael Davidov was born in a family of professional musicians and showed a very particular understanding of the musical ideas since the earliest childhood.


He finished his studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona




Languages: Spanish, English, German, Russian, Italian

under Prof. Ramon Coll, obtaining a total amount of nine honors, and was given the University Director’s personal recommendation. Further studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. Mikhail Petukhov, the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, under Prof. Grigory Gruzman  and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria under Prof. Pavel Gililov.


Michael Davidov performed as soloist with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Symphony Orchestra of Rostov, the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Granada, the Orquestra J. Strauss of Roma, under the conductors Enrique García Asensio, Paul Mann, Salvador Mas, Valery Khlebnikov, Dariusz Mikulski, Rastislav Stur, Haris Iliadis, Nicola Samale, to name a few.


M. Davidov is a prizewinner of many international piano competitions, such as the International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg in Madrid, International Piano Competition A. Skavronsky–Inspiration in Volgodonsk, Concorso Pianistico Internazionale G. Pecar in Gorizia, Concorso Pianistico Internazionale F. Chopin in Roma, International Piano Competition G. Thymis in Thessaloniki, Concorso Internazionale di Pianoforte M. P. Monopoli in Barletta, Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Città di Massarosa, International Piano Competition J. N. Hummel in Bratislava, International Piano Competition Cidade de Ferrol, International Piano Competition in Jaén and International Maria Canals Music Competition in Barcelona.

Besides his concert career, Michael is also a pedagogue and a composer. In 2010, Michael Davidov became Germany’s youngest piano dozent, after winning an Associate Professor position at the Hochschule für Musik F. Liszt in Weimar. During the academic year 2011-2012 M. Davidov headed the piano class at the University of Augsburg in Germany. Michael Davidov has been invited as a juror at international piano competitions and has headed piano masterclasses in several countries. In 2013 Michael Davidov has founded the Arthur Rubinstein Institute in Marbella and became its Artistic Director. At the present moment, Michael Davidov is professor for piano and chamber music at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona.



Languages: German, Russian, English, Spanish, French


Grigory Gruzman was born in St. Petersburg in 1956. He had his first piano class

at the age of five years old and was soon admitted to the gifted children program in

the Conservatory of St. Petersburg. During his studies he played more than 300 concerts in many cities in Russia.

He completed his studies at the Conservatory of Jerusalem with Prof. Gregory Haimowsky and then at the Conservatory of Freiburg with Prof. Vitalij Margulis.

Prof. Gruzman won awards in important competitions such as Monza and Vercelli.

His activity as soloist, chamber musician and teacher of Masterclasses led him to play in almost every European country, in the East, in many countries in South America and in the USA, with great success of audience and press. More than 100 concerts were broadcasted in television and radio.

Herbert von Karajan said "I waited all my life to hear such an interpretation of the Rigoletto Paraphrase", and invited him personally to Salzburg.

His CD with the complete etudes of F. Chopin (organo phon 90112) was of enormous critic success.


In 1985 Grigory Gruzman founded the Schostakowitsch-Trio. The trio played concerts in many famous halls such as Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Tschaikowsky-Konzertsaal Moskau. The critic described the Trio as one of the best contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble.


Gruzman was Professor in 1980 at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt, and was so one of the youngest University professors in the whole Germany. From 1999 to 2006 he was Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.

Since 2006 he is Professor at the Hochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar, where he also teaches the gifted children class at the Musikgymnasium Belvedere in the Castle of Belvedere.

Gruzman held international piano masterclasses in Europe, Russia and South America.

He is artistic director and president of the jury in the International Piano Competition Franz Liszt Weimar and the Sergej Rachmaninov Piano Competition for young pianists.


Languages: English, Polish, Spanish, Russian

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One of the most outstanding Polish pianists and professors, laureate of five international piano competitions.

He completed piano studies at the Frederick Chopin Music University in Warsaw in the class of prof. Jan Ekier. The opportunity of having artistic contact with Arthur Rubinstein and Witold Lutoslawski also had a huge impact on the final development of his artistic personality.

His success achieved at the 8th Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition opened to Piotr Paleczny the doors of many prestigious world concert halls. Receiving, in company of Garrick Ohlsson and Mitsuko Uchida - the Third Prize, the Special Prize for the best performance of a Polonaise and the Witold Małcużyński Prize his career, which the artist has enjoyed constantly until now performing concerts on all continents. He performed as a soloist with such prominent orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, RAI, Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina and Orquesta Nacional de España… Performing in such prestigious concert halls including the Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall and the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, the Royal Festival Hall in London and Festspielhaus in Salzburg.


He has held master classes in New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Fort Worth, Bordeaux, Paris, Seoul, Beijing, Brescia, Madrid, Amsterdam, Hamamatsu, Montevideo, Mexico City…


He has gained a great recognition as a juror at the prestigious international piano competitions such as those organized in Warsaw (seven last editions of the Chopin Competitions), Leeds, Moscow (Tchaikovsky), Paris, Tel Aviv, London, Cleveland, Geneve, Toronto, Seoul, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Hamamatsu, Montreal, Santander, Tokyo, Sendai, Taipei, Weimar, Manchester, Los Angeles, Hilton Head, Takamatsu and Shezhen.

In July 2007, he led the Jury works at the distinguished piano competition in Cleveland, the same he was the first and only Pole invited to fulfill a function of Jury chairman at the USA international piano competitions.


Since 1993 he has been Artistic Director of the world's oldest existing piano festival – the Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival and since 2004 he also is the Artistic Director of the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz.


Piotr Paleczny conducts the piano class at the Frederick Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. His students have already won dozens of awards at the international and national piano competitions. In March 2017 Piotr Paleczny was awarded with prestigious Diploma and Title of Honorary Professor of the F.Chopin University of Music. Currently he is also Professor at the Talent Music Academy in Brescia, Italy.


The artist is honored with many superior and prestige Polish and foreign medals such as the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Mexican Order of the Aguila Azteca.

In September 2005, Piotr Paleczny was awarded the “Meritorious for Culture - Gloria Artis” Gold Medal.


In April 2017, the Board of the Polish Phonographic Academy, in recognition of his artistic achievements,

awarded Piotr Paleczny with the prestigious 'Golden Fryderyk' Award.

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Languages: English, Spanish, Russian

Stanislav Pochekin was born in Russia and received his music education at the worlds famous Gnesin Institute in Moscow. His two main professors were the illustrious Edouard Mirzoian and Theodore Gutman. Upon the completion of his studies with the highest marks, he was directly appointed professor at the Conservatoire in Sverdlovsk (Russia). In 1989 he received a special invitation to Cuba where he became a professor at the “Instituto Superior del Arte” in Havana.


Continuing the legendary tradition of the pedagogy of Heinrich Neuhaus, Theodore Gutman and Edouard Mirzoian, Stanislav Pochekin has always been distinguished for his natural knowledge of soundmaking, his concept of musical structures, polyphonic thinking and the development of special technical methodes. Mr. Pochekin’s repertoire ranges from Baroque to the Contemporary, being a well known specialist in the music of Beethoven, Haydn, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, the Russian composers and the Spanish music.

He performed with many major orchestras and worked with distinguished conductors such as M. Paverman, F. Glushenko, I. Lapinsh. R. S. Ferrers, as well as many others. His recitals in the most prestigious halls have been very highly acclaimed by the public and the international critic.


Stanislav Pochekin became Professor at the “Concervatorio del Liceo” in Barcelona in 1993. Since then, his astonishing pedagogical work produced dozens of international pianists. Nowadays, his students are well renown musicians, winners of over 50 top prizes in national and international competitions, professors in different important institutions in the whole world.


Stanislav Pochekin offers regularly piano masterclasses in the most famous music centers in Europe and America. He has been invited to serve as a jury member at countless prestigious national and international competitions in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Russia, and the far East. Mr. Pochekin was the artistic director of the International Piano Competition in Andorra during all the editions, since its creation in 1995.



Languages: English, French, Spanish

Pianist Jacques Rouvier was born on 18 January 1947 in Marseilles. He comes from a musical family and began his musical training at the age of four. When he was fourteen he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Marseille with the highest marks and first prize in the piano section and then went on to continue his piano studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris (CNSM). His teachers included Aline van Barentzen, Jean Hubeau, Jean Fassina, Vlado Perlemuter and Pierre Sancan.

Rouvier Piano Masterclass 2019

Jacques Rouvier also received important insights for his musical development from various eminent personalities such as Gyorgy Sebok, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jose Iturbi and others.


He won prizes in major international competitions such as second prize at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (no first prize was awarded), first prize at the Viotti Piano Competition in Vercelli and the special prize of the Fondation de la Vocation.  Jacques Rouvier was also a finalist in the ARD Competition in Munich (in the section chamber music) and in 1970 he founded a trio, together with Jean Jacques Kantorow (violin) and Philippe Müller (cello) and he was also the winner of the Third Grand Prix of the Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris.


Jacques Rouvier’s complete recordings of Maurice Ravel’s works and the recording of all Claude Debussy’s piano works as well as the sonatas for piano and violin by Ravel and Debussy (recorded with Jean Jacques Kantorow) were awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. Jacques Rouvier has performed as a soloist at festivals in the following locations: Kuhmo, Prades, Aix-en-Provence, Courchevel, Nice, St. Jean de Luz, Orford, Hamamatsu, Oberlin, Tokyo, Vancouver, the Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid, La Roque d‘Anthéron.

Rouvier began his teaching activity at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris in 1977. He was given a titular professorship in 1982. He also taught at the CNR Marseilles and from 2006 was guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin.  


Besides his activity as a teacher, Rouvier is jury member at major international competitions such as the  Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Marguerite Long in Paris,  the Leeds Piano Competition, Igancy Jan Paderewsky Competition, Rubinstein Competition, Chopin Competition Warsaw, Santander, Dublin, Geneva, Montreal, Hamamatsu, Sendai, etc. Jacques Rouvier regularly gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and Asia.  


Among his most eminent graduates are Arcadi Volodos, Hélène Grimaud, David Fray, David Kadouch, Philippe Giusiano (second prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw), Frank Braley (first prize at the Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and professor at the CNSMDP), Yukio Yokoyama (third prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Claire-Marie Le Guay (third prize at the ARD Competition in Munich), Mami Hagiwara (first prize in the piano competition in Geneva).

At the present moment Jacques Rouvier is professor of piano at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and offers piano masterclasses at the most important universities in the world.