A unique place
A prestigious international center of excellence for artistic training of exceptionally gifted young musicians in piano, violin, cello, chamber music and voice that will form the musical elite of tomorrow. The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel develops an artistic project enabling young musical talent, by means of demanding individually-tailored instruction, to advance along three lines: the shaping of the musician’s artistic personality, thanks to apprenticeship under a master; the perfecting of his or her instrumental or voice technique, through the instruction and support of the Master and other teachers; and lastly, the launch of a professional career through a particularly extensive program of concerts and recitals, so as to get used to facing audiences at various levels. Throughout this process, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel endeavors to develop the young musician’s skills, while preserving their artistic personality.
The presence of Masters in Residence, who pursue a very intensive professional career in the world of music, and their role in guiding young musical talents, constitute the cornerstone of the educational project. The master’s instruction is broader than a mere technical or theoretical transfer, but covers artistic creation as a whole. The master passes on a philosophy of music and of life to the young musical talent.
The master’s priority is to develop the artistic personality of the young talent while leaving them greater autonomy as they mature and their artistic sensitivity grows. Apprenticeship under the master entails an informal transmission of professional experience, advice and support from the master upon embarking on a professional career, and sharing experience when the master and the young musical talent perform together.
All this work is performed in an ideal environment for concentration, work, meditation, conviviality and exchange. The quality of this exceptional setting, and the proximity of the team of the Music Chapel, the teaching staff and the young musicians, constitute an integral part of the educational project. The Music Chapel attaches the utmost importance to the coherence between its teaching philosophy and the quality of the environment in which instruction is imparted.
This educational project is bolstered by the cultural project of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, making it a center for the production and the on-stage performance of music. All these elements make the Music Chapel a unique laboratory of life and musical creativity in Europe, where Masters in Residence, teachers, young musical talents, soloists and ensembles who perform in concerts or reside at the Music Chapel, can mutually enrich one another.
In this place of musical life, the public, and in particular the friends, patrons and sponsors of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, who are involved in the project, are constructing and sharing the experience through close and privileged relations with the team of the Music Chapel, the Masters in Residence, the young musical talents and other artists.
The Music Chapel is the only music institution to advance along the following six concepts:
1. High-level training : Because every student is different, we believe it is important to prepare a customized curriculum and to take the student’s profile into consideration. The training rests on a system of companionship between the Masters in Residence and our musicians.
2. On stage : the Music Chapel offers students the opportunity to perform on stage through a particularly extensive program of concerts and recitals in collaboration with orchestras, festivals and concert halls, as well as productions and coproductions.We organize 250 concerts each year that we produce or co-produce. We understand the need to perform on stage to get used to facing audiences at various levels, helping them to launch a professional career.
3. Career development : supporting students in the initial stages of their career, helping them make a name for themselves.
4. Personal development : is important for the Chapel to also take the shaping of the musicians’ artistic personality into consideration, developing their physical and emotional health care needs. To achieve that, we collaborate with different projects :
5. Residency : Our young soloists are residents at the Chapel, all year long. After auditioning, we welcome 46 young artists in 2014-15, from 20 different nationalities. This allows them to be well framed by prestigious musicians, and to play 14 hours a day, in a warm and musical atmosphere.
6. Equinox : creation and development of children’s choirs by Maria João Pires, with children from deprived neighborhoods or from impoverished overseas regions.