École Normale de Musique de Paris

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École Normale de Musique de Paris
École Normale de Musique de Paris
FoundersAuguste Mangeot, Alfred Cortot
PresidentPaul Chardon
DirectorFrançoise Noël-Marquis
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The École Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot" (ENMP) is a leading conservatoire located in Paris. At the time of the school's foundation in 1919 the term ecole normale (English: normal school) meant a teacher training institution, and the school was intended to produce music teachers as well as concert performers.

Located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, it was founded by Auguste Mangeot and pianist Alfred Cortot. It is officially recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and is under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1] The school is not recognised by the Bologna Process.


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

In 1927, the school moved from a building in the rue Jouffroy-d'Abbans to 114 bis boulevard Malesherbes, a Belle Époque mansion given by the Marquise of Maleissye, where it is situated to this day.

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


The board of directors included musicians of renowned standing including Elliott Carter and Jean-Michel Damase. Since 1 January 2013, Françoise Noël-Marquis has held the post of director of the school, replacing Henri Heugel.[3]

Salle Cortot[edit]

In 1929, the renowned architect Auguste Perret, who also responsible for the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, designed a new 500-seat concert hall for the school.[4] Named "Salle Cortot" after the school's founder, the hall was designed in the "Art Deco" style. Cortot once described it as: "A hall which sounds like a Stradivarius".[5]

In 2001, a restoration of the Hall was carried out with the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Liliane Bettencourt.[2] Today it hosts more than 160 concerts and musical events every year.[5] Both the Salle Cortot and the school are registered as historical landmarks by the French Administration.[6]


Higher education courses include instrumental, vocal, composition, film composition, orchestral conducting, chamber music and piano accompaniment disciplines. Training courses offering individual private lessons with visiting professors are also available upon prior audition. The school also has an intensive and tailored program for gifted musicians ages 11 to 16 who wish to pursue a career in music.

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 of Narcis Bonet. Starting from the concert season of 2012-2013, Véronique Bonnecaze succeeded Bonet's place as its new artistic director.[7]

Public masterclasses[edit]

Each year a set of public master classes with renowned musicians take place at the Salle Cortot. Notable artists who have lectured include Alfred Cortot himself, Samson François, Mstislav Rostropovich, Thomas Hampson, and, more recently, Anne Queffélec, Inva Mula, Natalia Gutman, Karine Deshayes, François-René Duchâble, Vincent Le Texier and Mikhail Rudy.[8]

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, Magda Tagliaferro, Arthur Honegger, Wanda Landowska, Charles Munch, Yoshihisa Taïra, Jacques Thibaud, Jean Micault and Zino Francescatti.

Prominent current members of faculty include Mireille Alcantara, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Erik Berchot, Ludmila Valentinovna Berlinskaya, Philippe Entremont, Narcís Bonet, Peggy Bouveret, Guy Deplus, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Nicolas Risler, Carol Dumas, Beatrice Thiriet, Pascal Gallois, Jean-Marc Luisada, Roselyne Masset-Lecocq, Michel Merlet, Jean Mouillere, Isabelle Perrin, Alberto Ponce, Thomas Prevost, Joe Raposo, Bruno Rigutto, Rena Cherechevskaïa, Marie-Claude Theuveny, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, and Ramzi Yassa.

Illustrious alumni include composers İlhan Baran, André Boucourechliev, Elliott Carter, Gabriel Cusson, Jacob Druckman, Alain Gagnon, Gérard Grisey, Jacques Hétu, Simeon ten Holt, Leonid Karev, Sophie Lacaze, Bruno Mantovani, Beatrice Siegrist, Gabriel Yared, Zygmunt Mycielski, Ron Nelson, Nick Norton, Michel Perrault, Marcel Poot, Milton Estévez, Arturo Rodas, Joaquín Rodrigo, Rodica Sutzu, Antoni Szalowski, Julien Jalâl Eddine Weiss, Chris Mary Francine Whittle 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 and Victor Togni, pianists Paul Badura-Skoda, Colette Maze, Jean-Paul Billaud, Richard Cass, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Dino Ciani, Samson François, Ivan Ilić, Karen Keys, Yvonne Lefébure, Dinu Lipatti, Igor Markevitch, Jean Micault, Anilu Romero, Victor Paukstelis, Caroline Haffner, Florence Delaage, Art Simmons, Siheng Song, François Weigel , violinist Eric Rosenblith, and guitarist Rafael Andia; flute player and Minister of culture of Egypt Ines Abdel-Dayem ;composer and conductor Timur Selçuk;composer Selmi Andak .


  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. ^ Simeone, p. 185
  5. ^ a b "La Salle". Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ "ENMP". École Normale de Musique de Paris. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
  7. ^ "Les Concerts de Midi et Demi". Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Public Masterclasses". Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  • Simeone, Nigel (2000). Paris - a Musical Gazetteer. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300080544.

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