Due to the unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. Alan Fraser generally teaches in Paris a couple of times a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling as they arise.
The Paris Institutes are held at the Conservatoire Slave de Musique in Bagnolet, an eastern Parisian suburb. The Conservatoire has a fine concert Steinway and practice facilities adequate for a large group. Alan is fully bilingual and will teach in French or English as required.
Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter whether our program is well-prepared or in a shambles. Thus the Institute really is open to all interested pianists:
There is no limit to improvement!
The schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.
Participants will be invited to select from this list for the daily seminar:
The Conservatoire is located at 59, rue Victor Hugo, 93170 Bagnolet. There are two ways of getting there by Métro :
Take the Robespierre exit, walk south to rue Victor Hugo (do not go north under the expressway), then turn right onto rue Victor Hugo.
Exit the Robespierre métro at the back of the train. Turn right to walk to Robespierre, then turn left to cross the street and head north on rue Arsène Chereau. Continue to Place de la Fraternité. After the square, rue Arsène Chéreau becomes rue Robespierre, Bagnolet. Continue on Robespierre and take the first left onto rue Victor Hugo.
Do not head south further into Montreuil, where there is another Victor Hugo Avenue. The Victor Hugo Avenue on the map at the entrance to the station is not the one you are looking for. Robespierre station is in Montreuil, and the Robespierre street next to the station leads south into Montreuil. You need to head north into Bagnolet.
Orient yourself with this map of the
area around métro Robespierre, Montreuil. 59, rue Victor Hugo is in the top left hand corner of this map.
There are plenty of hotels in the area, and we also recommend
We take most of our meals at Le Figuier which is right beside the Conservatoire. The ambience of this place is truly unique, and the excellent food is well-priced.
Please register for as many days as you would like, or make a deposit and pay the rest on arrival. Email Sophia Cholich to reserve your preferred time(s).
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For other options please contact Sophia Cholich to reserve your place.
Sophia will answer your questions and arrange your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.
Please fill out this
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM before attending the institute.
Afterwards, please fill out this FOLLOWUP
QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further
progress, and fine-tune the institute structure to better meet your needs.
Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his three books,
The Craft of Piano Playing
(also in DVD),
Honing the Pianistic Self-Image,
and All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique.
He is at work on several new volumes.
Visit here for more on Alan Fraser. If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address
them directly to Alan Fraser, send him an email.