École Normale de Musique de Paris

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École Normale de Musique de Paris
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École Normale de Musique de Paris
Established 1919
Type Private
President Paul Chardon
Director Françoise Noël-Marquis
Students 1,100 [1]
Location Paris, Île-de-France, FR
Website ENMP

The École Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot" (French for "National School of Music of Paris", also known as École Nationale de Musique de Paris and École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris; ENMP) is a leading conservatoire located in Paris, France. The school, located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, was founded by Auguste Mangeot and pianist Alfred Cortot in 1919. It is officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and is under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1]

History[edit]

The school was founded on October 6, 1919 as a private institution by Franco-Swiss pianist Alfred Cortot and the director of the magazine Le Monde musical, Auguste Mangeot.

In 1927, the school changed its address to 114bis boulevard Malesherbes, a private "Belle Époque" mansion given by the Marquise of Maleissye, where it is now situated.

In 1929, renowned architect Auguste Perret, who also designed the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, designed a concert hall for the school, called "Salle Cortot", after the school's founder, which still hosts classical music events today.

In 1962, after Cortot's death, composer Pierre Petit became the school's new director. Two years later, 1964, conductor Charles Münch was named school president. In 1968, Henri Dutilleux succeeded Münch's position as president and stayed in office until 1974.[2]

Management[edit]

The board of directors included musicians of renowned standing including Elliot Carter and Jean-Michel Damase. Since 01 January 2013, Françoise Noël-Marquis has been named new director of the school, replacing Henri Heugel.[3]

Salle Cortot[edit]

Ten years after the school's inauguration, 1929, the 400-seat concert hall "Salle Cortot" ("Cortot Hall") was constructed by Auguste Perret following the wish of Alfred Cortot that his students could have a place to perform in public.

The hall was designed in the "Art Deco" style. Today, it is the host of more than 160 concerts and musical events every year. Cortot once described: "A hall which sounds like a Stradivarius".[4]

In 2001, a restoration of the Hall was carried out under the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Liliane Bettencourt.[2] Both the Salle Cortot and the school are registered as historical landmarks by the French Administration.[5]

Les Concerts de Midi & Demi[edit]

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30, a free concert at Salle Cortot is given by the school's students of higher levels and/or its professors. The concept of the program was started by Jacques Lagarde in 1981 and carried on with the direction by Narcis Bonet. Starting from the concert season of 2012-2013, Véronique Bonnecaze succeeded Bonet's place as its new artistic director.[6]

Public masterclasses[edit]

Each year a set of public masterclasses with the participation of renowned musicians and artists is announced. Classes take place at Salle Cortot. Notable masters who have given lessons include Alfred Cortot himself, Samson François, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Thomas Hampson, and more recently, masterclasses by Anne Queffélec, Inva Mula, Natalia Gutman, fr:Karine Deshayes, François-René Duchâble, Vincent Le Texier and Mikhail Rudy.[7]

Notable alumni and academics[edit]

Former distinguished members of faculty include Jean-François Antonioli, Pierre Bernac, Nadia Boulanger, Pablo Casals, Alfred Cortot, Georges Dandelot, Paul Dukas, Georges Enescu, Henri Dutilleux, Arthur Honegger, Wanda Landowska, Charles Munch, Yoshihisa Taïra, Jacques Thibaud, Zino Francescatti.

Prominent current members of faculty include Mireille Alcantara, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Eric Berchot, Ludmila Berlinskaia, Narcis Bonet, Peggy Bouveret, Chantal de Buchy, Guy Deplus, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Carol Dumas, Pascal Gallois, Jean-Marc Luisada, Roselyne Masset-Lecocq, Victoria Melki, Michel Merlet, Jean Mouillere, Isabelle Perrin, Alberto Ponce, Thomas Prevost, Bruno Rigutto, Rena Shereshevskaya, Marie-Claude Theuveny, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Ramzi Yassa.

Illustrious alumni include composers İlhan Baran, André Boucourechliev, Elliot Carter, Gabriel Cusson, Jacob Druckman, Alain Gagnon, Gérard Grisey, Jacques Hétu, Simeon ten Holt, Leonid Karev, Sophie Lacaze, Bruno Mantovani, Zygmunt Mycielski, Ron Nelson, Michel Perrault, Marcel Poot, Milton Estévez, Arturo Rodas, Joaquín Rodrigo, Antoni Szalowski and Margrit Zimmermann; conductors Charles Bruck, Sylvain Cambreling, Aaron Scott, and composer conductor Vítězslava Kaprálová; harpists Rino Kageyama, Susann McDonald; musicologist Richard Hoppin, ethnomusicologist and Philippine National Artist José Maceda; cellists Antonio Janigro, organists Monique Gendron, pianists Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean-Paul Billaud, Richard Cass, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Samson François, Ivan Ilić, Karen Keys, Yvonne Lefébure, Dinu Lipatti, Igor Markevitch, Anilu Romero, Caroline Haffner, Florence Delaage, Art Simmons, Siheng Song, violinist Eric Rosenblith, guitarist Rafael Andia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ENMP". Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Historique". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nouveau directeur de l’École Normale de Musique de Paris". Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "La Salle". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "ENMP". École Normale de Musique de Paris. Retrieved March 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Les Concerts de Midi et Demi". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Public Masterclasses". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 48°53′02.04″N 02°18′32.76″E / 48.8839000°N 2.3091000°E / 48.8839000; 2.3091000