A new kind of advanced piano course
PIANO CANTABILE is a professional training centre which provides coaching in interpretation and instrumental technique throughout the year to advanced pianists who have graduated from a conservatoire.
At Aubagne, in the heart of the provençal countryside
Nestling in the hills that were immortalised by Marcel Pagnol, a few miles from Marseille, the piano academy provides ideal conditions for students to develop their musical potential.
A high quality teaching team
International concert pianist and eminent teacher Bernard D'ASCOLI (1st prize-winner Barcelona, 3rd prize-winner Leeds competitions) and British pianist Eleanor HARRIS (graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and London University), offer high-level interpretation classes and instrumental coaching throughout the year.
Bernard D'ASCOLI : Chopin - scherzo op. 39
Eleanor HARRIS : Rachmaninov - Etude-tableau op.33 n° 2
Young pianists with a variety of objectives
PIANO CANTABILE coaches students who are preparing entrance exams for the two French "conservatoires supérieurs" of Lyon and Paris, or for other international music schools. Those seeking to acquire a teacher's diploma receive special coaching for the teacher-training college entrance exams (CEFEDEM). PIANO CANTABILE also takes post-graduate students from European conservatoires and prepares them for international competitions or helps them develop their performing skills.
Various course formats adapted to individual needs
One hundred young pianists have already benefitted from the tuition provided by PIANO CANTABILE. Almost half of them have gained access to an international conservatoire. Following an audition, the student and teachers set out in a contract the type of project to be pursued as well as the frequency and duration of lessons.
Master classes by international concert pianists
Eminent pianists are regularly invited by PIANO CANTABILE to give public master classes. PIANO CANTABILE has been honoured to welcome Jacques ROUVIER, Dominique MERLET, Roger MURARO, DANG THAI SON, Michel BOURDONCLE, Laurent CABASSO, Jérôme GRANJON, Imogen COOPER, Ronald BRAUTIGAM et Jean-Claude PENNETIER.
CD recordings and performance opportunities
A superb concert Steinway in a spacious music room plus the latest digital technology provide ideal recording conditions for students. Regular public concerts also enable them to gain confidence in performing.
PIANO CANTABILE, a non profit-making trust, is committed to providing high-level tuition for all, whatever their financial means. Such conditions are made possible thanks to the funding by the County Council, the Regional Council and the Town Council of Aubagne. PIANO CANTABILE is a partner of CEFEDEM-Sud and the International Festival "Les Nuits Pianistiques".