Following Government advice regarding COVID-19 this event has been postponed.

Our intensive Master Classes at The Steps in Rye, for those aged 18 to 30, are designed exclusively for those on the brink of a professional career. The week culminates in a concert at the renowned historic Winchelsea Church. The next Master Classes with Professor Alberto Portugheis will take place here at The Steps from Sunday 2nd August to Sunday 9th August 2020.

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The Steps:

An Edwardian house with literary and musical connections, just 15 minutes walk from the ancient and historic Cinque Ports town of Rye. (


What is available?

Excellent practice facilities on a variety of grand pianos, all regularly tuned as follows: Steinway and Chappell Concert grands, a Blüthner Drawing Room grand and a Mignon, together with a wide selection of other instruments.  These include a full-scale orchestral harp (Elysium), several bassoons, silver-headed flutes and descant and treble recorders, mostly Moeck.

There is also a comprehensive library (including a variety of Urtext editions) offering an extensive range of music, vocal and choral manuscripts, scores, analytical books, CDs, DVDs and also general reading in a variety of different languages.



Should you wish to take an outdoor break, we have in the gardens a croquet lawn, boules, badminton and table tennis. There is also nearby a private Club offering the use of an indoor heated swimming pool.



During the week we have a wardrobe advisor in situ who will be able to help with formal and appropriate concert attire. We can supply certain items of clothing should you require them.



Smoking is not permitted at The Steps, in the music rooms or in the gardens. If essential we can provide a designated area elsewhere in the grounds.



The nearest mainline station is Ashford International, which connects to both Europe via the Eurostar and London stations. There is a direct link from ​Ashford to Rye, which is our local station (within walking distance). For more information on train times and tickets, please see the following link:

The nearest airports are London Gatwick or London Heathrow. Further afield is Stansted Airport.


“Sheep may safely graze”


“Jeux d’eau”


“Symphonie Pastorale”


Master Class Tutor for this year 2020

(also previously 2018 & 2019)



Pianist and pedagogue Alberto Portugheis was born in La Plata, Argentina, to parents of Russian and Romanian descent. His international career began after winning First Prize at the Geneva Concours de Virtuosité.

He performs in recitals, chamber-music concerts and as soloist with major orchestras, including: Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Paris and Israel Sinfoniettas, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina, Filarmonica of Buenos Aires. His annual Steinway Masterclasses are now legendary.

Alberto Portugheis’ repertoire includes music from the baroque to contemporary, with several composers writing specially for him. His acclaimed recordings include: 4 Chopin Ballades, Alfred Nieman 2nd Sonata, Ginastera complete piano music and chamber music with piano, Khachaturian Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, Khachaturian solo works, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich cello and piano Sonatas with the cellist Gwyneth George, a CD dedicated to the piano music of Rossini. 2013 saw the release of a double CD with The Complete Piano Works by Spanish composer Elena Romero, followed by a CD of music by Bach and Dinu Lipatti, partnered by Italian pianist Stefano Greco and the Youth Orchestra of León, Spain, conducted by Georgina Sánchez.