Masterclass year 2019

In 2001, the Saint Louis Music Center hosted a series of extraordinary Masterclasses taught by national and international artists, students had the honor of learning directly from the best in their field, honing their skills and gaining valuable perspectives. These experiences shaped their artistic paths and helped define the future of music in St. Louis.


Valton Beqiri odd and complex times.
The complexity of the rhythms of traditional Albanian music and their use in orchestration and arrangements requires an approach appropriate to their characteristics and thus needs specific work. Odd and complex times.
Valton Beqiri is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and prominent personality in the Kosovo cultural scene.


Percival was born in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Arts Magnet High School alongside classmates such as Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, Roy Hargrove and Edie Brickell.
After graduation, he moved to New York and participated in several Broadway shows (CATS, A Chorus Line, Mama I Want To Sing) including the Showcase version of THE LIFE in which Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer Cy Coleman (The Best is Yet to Come, Sweet Charity, City of Angels) wrote a song specifically for Percival’s vocal abilities.
He has worked as a backing vocalist for Robbie Williams, Chaka Khan, Robert Palmer, Michael Jackson, Cher, Sugar and Anastasia and many others. He has performed as an opening act for concerts by Alanis Morissette, Lauren Hill, Bryan Adams, and Skunk Anansie.
Percival is known to the general public for his memorable performances within the first season of The Voice of Germany.
His record releases include the singles Never Shut Up(2013), Stripped Songs (2016) and When I was Up (2017).
Percival’s new album, “Kiling Butterflies,” is close to worldwide release, with a European tour to follow. Percival currently lives in Rome, Italy, where he is writing a musical based on an award-winning drama film.


SERGIO GALVAO Brazilian musician among the most accredited in his country, a saxophonist of unquestionable talent, has played with the most important names in Brazilian popular music (Rosa Passos, Guinga, Lenine, Djavan and many others). He earned 2 Grammy Awards nominations in 2014 in the categories of “Best Latin jazz Album” and “Best improvised jazz solo.”


Master class by Barbara Wiernik, professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium), visiting professor at Saint Louis as part of the Erasmus+ international mobility program.
Exploration of new tools to enrich one’s musical vocabulary in vocal improvisation while developing one’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic skills in a “joyful manner.” The proposed exercises will be carried out in a playful way, using intuition as a guide. Most of the exercises will be applied to circle singing and improvisational “games.”


Bene Aperdannier is a German jazz musician (piano, composition).
He has been playing piano since he was 13 years old, and in 1989 he won first prize in the Jugend jazz competition in North Rhine-Westphalia. That same year he began his jazz studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with a major in piano, which he completed in 1995.

Aperdannier is co-founder of jazzIndeed , with which he recorded several albums between 1996 and 2011, toured internationally and received the Berlin Senate Studio Award.


Reso Kiknadze (1960, Tbilisi) studied classical philology at Tbilisi State University.
He played saxophone in the Georgian TV Big Band and the Conservatory Jazz Quintet, performing at various festivals in Tbilisi, Tallinn, Vilnius, etc.
He studied composition with Michael Shugliashvili, composition and traditional Georgian music at the Tbilisi State Consevatoire and was a member of the Anchiskhati Cathedral Choir in Tbilisi also studied composition with Friedhel Doehl at the Music Academy in Lübeck and electroacoustic music with Dirk Reith.


Edgardo “Dado” Moroni was born in Genoa in 1962 and came into contact with jazz music very early, thanks to his parents’ record collection. He began playing piano at age 4, while his professional career took off as early as age 14, playing all over Italy with some of Italy’s leading musicians such as Franco Cerri, Tullio De Piscopo, Luciano Milanese, Gianni Basso, Sergio Fanni and Massimo Urbani.


Jeff Pevar is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger and singer who was inducted into the NY Blues Hall Of Fame in 2016. Jeff has recorded and played with some of the best musicians including Ray Charles, James Taylor, Bette Midler, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, David Foster, Marc Cohn, Rickie Lee Jones, Alan Parsons, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh, bassist for the Grateful Dead, and many others.
He has toured all over the world and performed numerous times at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Royal Festival Hall in London, and Carnegie Hall in New York with David Crosby and Graham Nash.