Conservatoire de Paris

The prestigious Conservatoire de Paris is the next stop on our Music College world tour. Alexandre Pansard-Ricordeau, the director of communications, talks to me about the strong links this conservatoire has with both the musical life of France, and further [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | July 13th, 2014
Stars Spangled Igor

Francis Scott Key/Igor Stravinsky: Star Spangled Banner Recently, a number of European countries have actively changed, or are contemplating to change, the words and or melodies of their national anthems. Designed to reflect the social and cultural climate of the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 8th, 2014
The Exceptional Hybrid: Luigi Borgato

The history of musical instruments is full of ingenious ideas that for one reason or another did not enter the commercial mainstream. Take for example the pedal piano, a keyboard instrument featuring an additional pedalboard played with the feet. The [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 24th, 2014
The Kronberg Academy

Perhaps the most exclusive of all our institutions interviewed so far, the Kronberg Academy is based in Germany, in the small town of Kronberg in Taunus. The size of the town reflects the size of the student body, devoted solely [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | June 22nd, 2014
Schubertiade In Praise of Franz Peter Schubert

In the musical world, Moritz von Schwindt is primarily remembered for his famous drawing entitled “Schubertiade.” The term “Schubertiade” was actually coined by friends of Franz Schubert, and described private and informal musical gathering in the composer’s apartment. In addition [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 10th, 2014
Fazioli: The Ferrari among Pianos

When I was doing some research on piano makers, I came across a rather interesting statistic. In the first half of the 20th century, 300 piano makers plied their trade in Europe. By December 2013, only 9 makers remain. Like [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 21st, 2014
Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

So far in my series on the great music colleges of the world, my conversation has always been with the administration departments. It was refreshing, therefore, to get in touch with a cello professor, Yibing Chu, who teaches at the [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | May 16th, 2014
Which musical instrument is a good fit for your child?

Nowadays, children are expected to start all sorts of extra-curricular activities even before they can utter ‘ma-ma’ and ‘da-da’. If you haven’t got your act together yet, fret not. Here is a guide to helping you choose the right instrument [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | May 11th, 2014