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Classical soloists' life histories and the music conservatoire

Palmer, T; Baker, D; (2021) Classical soloists' life histories and the music conservatoire. International Journal of Music Education 10.1177/0255761421991154. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the life histories of virtuoso classical music soloists with particular reference to conservatoire provision. Detailed life history interviews were conducted with six virtuosi between May 2018 and January 2019. These participants were three singers, two cellists and a concert pianist. Resultant qualitative data were stored in an NVivo software database and understood through a process of analytic induction. Key findings spotlight the significance of Higher Education, a connection between broad creative and cultural interest and musical excellence, and a significant role for conservatoires in diversifying their training and easing transition into the career. The soloists also warned of dangers relating to controlling teachers, loss of autonomy, and a need to convey their career realities to students.

Type: Article
Title: Classical soloists' life histories and the music conservatoire
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0255761421991154
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0255761421991154
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Conservatoires, soloists, virtuosi, career aspirations, music in Higher Education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121077
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