Joao Rival

Pianoles en Klavecimbelles in Den Haag Bezuidenhout

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I started playing the piano when I was 8 years old. By that time I already could feel I would become a professional musician and teacher. I got my first bachelor in piano in 2007. When I was 13 years old, I started having harpsichord lessons and expanding my knowledge of classical and early music. In 2012 I got my bachelor degree in harpsichord and in 2014 my master degree at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. Currently, I’m working with my ensemble, teaching piano and harpsichord, and am now doing my Ph.D. in Performative Arts at Leiden University.

I absolutely love to teach and pass my experience as a musician to my students on both instruments. I like to see them improving and have fun while playing.
I work with several ways of teaching, depending on the student level and music background.

Normally I work with piano methods with kids from 9 -12 years old. I can teach music theory if necessary and if it will improve the student’s needs to progress and reach their goals, I do that with pleasure. Harmony and a bit of keyboard improvisation are also very welcome to the class.

My specialty is classical music, more specifically, baroque music, although I have notions of pop, jazz, and improvisation. Because I have sporting and personal training backgrounds, I’m specialized also on correcting postures and eventually avoid or solve pain issues when regarding playing.


The Harpsichord was the most used keyboard instrument before the piano. Its repertoire embraces the 17th and 18th century as well music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries. It sounds differs from the piano from one reason: the strings (much thinner) are plucked by a plastic nail (feather at that time) that produces a very particular sound that could be used for solo or, mainly, for accompanying other instruments. It normally has two keyboards. Each keyboard plucks a set of strings that can produce different sounds; more nasal or more open. Like the great organ, both keyboards can be used at once, producing a richer and louder sound. Its demand and recent reappearance are due to the fact of its vast repertoire, lightness to the touch, and very special sonority. Extremely suitable for children, since the touch is not as heavy as the piano and the instrument has a very charming repertoire.

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