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"Ethno-Didactics in Piano Practicing: 50 Arrangements Solo"

"Etnodidaktika klavierspēles mācībās: 50 apdares klavierēm solo"

Lūse, Nora (2012). ISBN 978-9984-49-511-8




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Nora Luse (1952) began studying piano at Emils Darzins Music School in Riga, Latvia. From 1974 she studied at Moscow Peter Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire with Tatiana Nikolajeva in piano, and Leonid Roizman in musicology. She is a graduate in both disciplines.


In 1980 Nora Luse became a laureate of the J. B. Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli (Italy). In 1981 Nora Luse was appointed as a piano teacher at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. Along with her pedagogical activity, she enjoyed a successful career as a performer and made recordings for Latvia Radio (J. Brahms, F. Liszt, S. Prokofiev, J. G. Muthel, J. Wihtol, A. Zilinskis).

In 1985 she obtained the Doctor of Arts degree and published monograph History of Organ Art in Latvia (in Russian). In 2003 she obtained the Doctor of Pedagogy degree and published the monograph Latvian Pianists-Pedagogues (in Latvian). Her research interests integrate musicology and pedagogy. Since 2007 Nora Luse is a member of Latvian Composers Union. She has been an Associate Professor at University College of Economics and Culture in Riga since 2010 and serves currently as the Director of the Riga International Competition for Young Pianists.


Nora Luse created a music event Janis Norvilis International Competition for Young Pianists (Madona, 2011). She has taught master classes at music schools in Latvia and abroad, and served on the jury at the 2003 Beethoven’s Hradec International Piano Competition (Hradec nad Moravici).


In 2012 she founded the Riga International Competition for Young Pianists for bringing people together and sharing young pianists’ extraordinary gifts. Nowadays the combination of Riga international piano competition for young pianists with international music teacher seminar based on Ethno-Didactical conception is considering as innovative two-staged synchronous educational entity for communication through the language of music.