Paris, France

Paris, May 8-13 2018


Following the publication of Nos Deux Mains Gauches, the French language translation of All Thumbs in 2012, Alan Fraser has held three or four institutes in France each year. This May the institute returns to the Conservatoire Slave de Musique in Bagnolet, an eastern Parisian suburb. This week includes two French national holidays, Victory Day (Tuesday, May 8) and Ascension (Thursday, May 10), allowing more people to attend the institute with greater ease.

This institute is bilingual. Fraser is fluent in both English and French, and uses the participant's native tongue wherever possible. ATMs are and lectures are bilingual where necessary. Fraser teaches on the Conservatoire's concert Steinway, and numerous practice facilities are available.

The 10th Parisian Alan Fraser Piano Institute is open to ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS:

  • concert artists
  • university students
  • studio teachers
  • amateurs of all ages

   Recital hall


The institute schedule is adapted to the daily activities of the Conservatoire. Weekdays the institute ends at 4 pm, when the Conservatoire schedule takes over. Weekends and holidays the Institute runs all day. Fees for half day attendance are the same as for a whole day, because the activities are the same: individual lesson, Awareness Through Movement Lesson, lecture, and observation of other lessons. If active participants wish to observe more than four days of activity and take part in more than four ATM lessons, they are welcome at no additional charge.



This sample schedule may be modified to suit the needs of the group.

8:45-11:15 3 individual lessons
11:15-12:30 Group Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson (ATM)
(Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-13:20 Lunch
13:20-15:50 3 individual lessons
15:50-16:30 Coffee - lecture (see the list below for daily lecture topics)
16:30-18:10 2 individual lessons
18:10-20:00 Supper
20:00-21:40 2 individual lessons (if necessary)

8:45-11:15 3 individual lessons
11:15-12:30 Group Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson (ATM)
(Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-13:20 Coffee - lecture (see the list below for daily lecture topics)
13:20-15:00 2 individual lessons

Tuesday Half Day, 9:00-16:00 (Lecture: Arm Weight & The Anti-Gravity Function)
Wednesday Half Day, 9:00-16:00 (Lecture: Rotation Update)
Thursday Half Day, 9:00-16:00 (Lecture: Elasticity and Biotensegrity Update)
Friday Half Day, 9:00-16:00 (Lecture: The Celestial Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano)
Saturday Full Day (Lecture: Update on the Thumb)
Sunday Full Day (Lecture: Musicianship)



The Conservatoire is located in Bagnolet at 59, rue Victor Hugo, 93170 Bagnolet, between Métro stations Robespierre (Line 9) and Galliéni (Line 3).

ATTENTION: If you arrive at Robespierre métro, do not head south into Montreuil, where there is another Victor Hugo Avenue. On the map at the entrance to the station, you will see a Victor Hugo Avenue which is not the one you are looking for. This station is in Montreuil, and the Robespierre street next to the station leads south into Montreuil. You need to head north into Bagnolet.

Take rue Arsène Chereau and continue to Place de la Fraternité. After this square, rue Arsène Chéreau becomes rue Robespierre (this is the right one!). Continue on Robespierre and take the first left onto rue Victor Hugo.

Look at this map of the area around métro Robespierre, Montreuil to orient yourself. Ave. Victor Hugo is in the top left hand corner of this map.

If you foresee some difficulty in finding your way from the metro to the Conservatoire, one of our organizers can meet you at the station. Please arrange beforehand.



There are plenty of hotels in the area, and we also recommend airbnb.


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.

Le Figuier
   Le Figuier



Four individual lessons, a lecture and ATM each day, and observation of other lessons are included in tuition.
Passive listeners participate in all activites but receive no individual lessons.

Alan Fraser will be in residence one day prior to the institute and one day following. These days are consecrated to private lessons and individual Feldenkrais lessons (FI) for those who want additional attention. If you would like to take part on these private days, please let Sophia Cholich know.

After registering, please return here to fill out the REGISTRATION QUESTIONNAIRE.

Option 1 : Reserve your place here with a deposit of $100.

Option 2 : ONLINE REGISTRATION: Choose your registration option and then in the table below, click on the appropriate price to make payment. You will be taken to, our transaction partner who processes all our payments securely by credit card or PayPal.

Due to new 2CO regulations, all prices are now displayed in US dollars. The euro is around 85 cents against the US dollar.

Note that payment will appear on your credit card statement under "2CO.COM," not "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute".

Registration 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days
Active participant full rate $128 $254 $375 $478
Active participant student rate $100 $195 $285 $370
Passive participant full rate $28 $54 $78 $100
Passive participant student rate $21 $40 $57 $75

Institute fees cover venue rental, travel and web site administration costs, as well as Professor Fraser's teaching fee. Lodging and meal expensese are paid separately.



After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.

After you have completed your institute, please come back to 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.

If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, contact him at Contact Alan Fraser

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Montreal Sculture
   Montréal - wooden sculpture in the medieval church

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before March 15: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before March 31: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before April 15: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before April 30: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after April 30: no reimbursement unless except in cases of doctor-certified illness or acts of God.
We reserve the right to cancel the institute due to insufficient enrolment; in this eventuality all resgistration fees will be fully refunded.

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