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 Best clarinet professors in Europe
Author: CDEFGABbC 
Date:   2019-03-17 05:19

Hello, I plan on doing a graduate degree in clarinet performance somewhere in Europe, and am wondering if anyone has suggestions as to who I should study with?

I was looking more specifically at the RAM and the RCM in the UK, but there are just so many professors to choose from! (I prefer to go to an English-speaking university)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

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 Re: Best clarinet professors in Europe
Author: donald 
Date:   2019-03-17 07:31

You don't need to confine yourself to England for language restrictions, I know English speakers who have studied in Denmark, Finland, Italy and Germany - none of whom can speak a 2nd language.

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 Re: Best clarinet professors in Europe
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-03-17 11:17

Philippe Cuper in Versailles, France just outside of Paris. Cheaper than living in Paris...or London. I agree with Donald. No reason to confine yourself to an English-speaking country. Use this as a unique opportunity to learn a foreign language into the bargain.

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 Re: Best clarinet professors in Europe
Author: donald 
Date:   2019-03-17 12:32

I do note that the OP mentions an English speaking university rather than teacher. Many of the performance courses in Europe have very limited academic content, and I know in Denmark writing could be submitted in English (though I cannot vouch for the other countries, I don't believe colleagues in Sweden and Finland spoke the native languages prior to going there, so certainly didn't need it to complete academic work)

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 Re: Best clarinet professors in Europe
Author: CDEFGABbC 
Date:   2019-03-17 21:40

Thank you Donald and Ruben for your advice! I will certainly look into more European countries.

After doing lots of browsing and research, it seems to me that there are more opportunities/programs offered in the US in general. I'd prefer to study in Europe since I believe it would offer me a more interesting experience, but there are so many places to consider and I don't even know where to start. My current professor has contacts mostly within the states and not so much in Europe.

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 Re: Best clarinet professors in Europe
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-03-17 22:19

There's also Patrick Messina, who teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He's a fabulous clarinetist, though I don't know what he's like as a teacher. The director of this school, David Lively, is an American pianist living in France, and I'm sure he'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Since he took up the leadership of that venerable, but tired, institution, it has become far more dynamic. US players could benefit from studying in Europe; European players could benefit from studying in the US. If I can be of any help, feel welcome to e-mail at my personal e-mail address.

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