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Royal Academy of Music launches Elton John Global Exchange Program


The Royal Academy of Music in London has announced a new program that will promote global mobility and international collaboration between deserving and talented young musicians.

The program, developed by the Academy and approved by Elton john, will be operational in September 2022 and will allow students from twelve conservatories around the world to participate in educational exchanges with the Academy. These will vary in length from a week of intensive project-based work to, in exceptional cases, a full year of study.

Confirmed exchange institutions include the Juilliard School (New York), the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Sibelius Academy of the Helsinki University of the Arts, the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Hanns Eisler Academy, Berlin, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich, Reina Sofía School of Music (Madrid) , Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music and Graduate School of Music.

Academy Director Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE said: “In a rapidly changing global landscape, conservatories must evolve to meet future needs and create new opportunities for young artists. At the heart of this is the free exchange of ideas regardless of international borders – which is why we have put together this network from a selection of the best music schools in the world.

“All of them have long been friends of the Royal Academy of Music, so reconnecting with each of these institutions has been deeply encouraging. Because everyone is committed to broadening the horizons of our future generation of musicians, the prospect of sharing our work and our culture through exchanges and individual projects is fascinating.

“Elton John, himself a former student of the Academy, has provided remarkable assistance to our international student body over the years and is deeply committed to ensuring that young musicians are able to collaborate, innovate and develop as artists in the wider environment. We are extremely grateful to him for lending his name to this project and for offering our support. ‘

“Elton John was the Academy’s most generous alumni donor, in recognition of his being appointed a Member of the Court of Regents’ Benefactors, along with her husband David Furnish, in a ceremony in January 2022 The global exchange program will primarily be supported by new income from an existing fund created by Elton to provide scholarships to exceptionally talented musicians in several genres. The scope of the donation has been broadened to meet the growing need for an international educational forum and exchange.

Elton John said in a statement, “My passion is to help nurture the next generation of global artists. Music can and should transcend borders, and I am delighted to support a program that provides tangible high-level opportunities to talented young musicians from many different countries.

Up to 20 participants per year from the Academy and its partner conservatories will benefit from short and collaborative projects, of a single semester or a full year of schooling in their host establishment.

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