Piano accompaniment

As a crossroads for instrument classes and singing classes, the piano accompaniment class at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM) provide fertile ground for musical exchange.

A place of sharing, encounters and confrontation, it offers our students the chance to develop their taste for chamber music and gives them the opportunity to think about the options when it comes to a performance. It also makes it possible to discover an infinite repertoire by exploring every facet of the instrument.

The piano accompaniment course prepares the students for a professional career, either in the concert repertoire, or in the opera repertoire. All the first-year students take the same classes and work on both repertoires. In particular, they take classes in diction, sight-reading, ensemble classes, etc.

In the second year, the students concentrate on their specific field: accompaniment, which covers instrumental and vocal recitals, or the conducting of singing, made up solely of the opera repertoire, and including, notably, participation in a production by the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Throughout the duration of the course, the opportunities to play in public are many and varied, whether at the HEM, or through participation in the rich musical life of the Geneva region, as part of concerts, festivals, and private soirees, but also by giving private classes. 


James Alexander

Piano Accompaniment Professor - Chamber Music with Piano

The pianist James Alexander was born in Canada, where he studied with Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia. Benefiting from a scholarship from the Canada Council, he honed his skills at the Juilliard School under Sasha Gorodnitzki and Janina Fialkowska, earning a Master of Music. He also attended masterclasses, including in the field of Lied, with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, and Martin Katz. After completing his studies, James Alexander worked as an intern at the Juilliard School before being engaged at the International Opera Studio of Zurich, then at the Stadttheater Aachen as an assistant to the principal conductor. James Alexander currently teaches chamber music and accompaniment at the Haute école de musique de Genève, as well as in Bern. He performs with many renowned singers and instrumentalists and occasionally gives masterclasses at the Juilliard School. His CD recordings include works for solo piano, Lied, instrumental chamber music, as well as several Tango albums. Learn More about James Alexander  

Nina Uhari

Responsable du département vocal - Professeure d'Accompagnement au piano - Musique de chambre avec piano

Née en Finlande, Nina Uhari a étudié professionnellement le piano à l'Académie Sibelius d'Helsinki, dans la classe de Matti Raekallio et d'Eero Heinonen, avant de se perfectionner à Baltimore (États-Unis) auprès de Julian Martin, puis à Paris auprès de Bernard Ringeissen. Elle a également étudié l'accompagnement au Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison. Après ses études, elle travaille comme chef d'orchestre au CNIPAL (Centre National d'Insertion pour des Artistes Lyriques) à Marseille de 2003 à 2012, où elle devient chef d'orchestre principal en 2008. Parallèlement, elle est membre de la classe de rôle de l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. En septembre 2012, Nina Uhari est engagée par la HEM de Genève en tant que chef de chant pour les classes de chant sur les sites de Neuchâtel et de Genève. Elle s'est produite dans des récitals et des productions d'opéra en Finlande et en France - Festival MIDEM, Chorégies d'Orange, Théâtre du Châtelet, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Festival d'Aix en Provence et dans plusieurs maisons d'opéra françaises - mais aussi en Allemagne, en Autriche, en Espagne, en Colombie, au Togo et aux États-Unis. Elle a été invitée à accompagner des master classes avec des artistes tels que Tom Krause, Yvonne Minton, Mady Mesplé, Regina Werner et Janine Reiss. En savoir plus sur Nina Uhari

James Alexander
Nina Uhari

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