Professor Boris Berman Remote Masterclass
On 28 October 2010, Professor Boris Berman, head of the Piano Department at Yale University School of Music, presented a groundbreaking masterclass to 3rd year UQ Music piano students Michael Bradshaw and Oliver She.
Presented in real-time using a Polycom video conference system especially enabled for music, the remote masterclass connected music performance rooms in Australia and America. Michael Bradshaw performed Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat minor Op. 26 and received immediate feedback on his playing from Berman.
Bradshaw commented on the remote masterclass:
"I was very impressed with the quality of the system. Visually, having the television screen to my left simulated a situation very similar to that of an actual lesson. Similarly, the audio was of a quality that was perfectly adequate for emulating a lesson. While it is obviously not quite the same as having the teacher right beside me, there was enough of a feeling of immediate contact with Professor Berman that most of the time I forgot that I was working with someone across the globe."