Paris, January 2-8 2020


Alan Fraser is holding an extended version of his institute in Paris at the beginning of January, a full seven days of intensive pianistic and body work. The institute returns to the Conservatoire Slave de Musique in Bagnolet, an eastern Parisian suburb. The official institute takes place from Thursday to Sunday, January 2-5, but Alan will stay three more days to work with students preparing to compete in the Nikolai Rubinstein competition, to be held in this same conservatoire in April. You are welcome to attend these special sessions - where Alan will give a lecture and a Feldenkrais lesson if there is the demand - and to take this opportunity to have a couple more lessons with him.

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 excellent, newly refurbished concert Steinway, and numerous practice facilities are available.

The 8th Parisian Alan Fraser Piano Institute is open to ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS:

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

   Recital hall



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.)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:40 2 individual lessons
15:40-16:30 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)

Thursday Daily Schedule (Lecture: The Celestial Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano)
Friday Daily Schedule (Lecture: Arm Weight & The Anti-Gravity Function)
Saturday Daily Schedule (Lecture: Update on the Thumb)
Sunday Daily Schedule (Lecture: Rotation Update)
Monday Daily Schedule (Lecture: Elasticity and Biotensegrity Update)
Tuesday Daily Schedule (Lecture: The Physical & Musicianship)
Wednesday Daily Schedule (Lecture: Q & A)




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.


The Conservatoire may be occupied with other activities at certain times. In this case the Institute will move down the street to the Delvaux Studio, located at 30, rue Cuvier, Montreuil, between Métro stations Robespierre (Line 9) and Saint-Mandé (Line 1).



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 the full 4-day tuition fee. You may also "make-to-measure" your registration, with whatever combination of active and passive days suits your schedule and your wallet.
Passive listeners participate in all activites but receive no individual lessons.

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 90 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 5 days 6 days 7 days
Active participant full rate $128 $254 $375 $488 $600 $712 $800
Active participant student rate $100 $195 $285 $370 $450 $525 $595
Passive participant full rate $28 $54 $78 $100 $121 $140 $155
Passive participant student rate $21 $40 $57 $75 $91 $105 $117



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 four books, The Craft of Piano Playing (also in DVD), Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique, and Play the Piano With Your Whole Self. 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.

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   Montréal - wooden sculpture in the medieval church

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before November 1: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before November 15: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before December 1: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before December 15: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after December 15: 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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