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Master classes organized by the École Normale de Musique de Paris – Interview with pianist Alina Pavalache

Thursday, 22 February 2018 , ora 10.57

The École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot de Paris, one of the most prestigious musical educational institutions from France, offers master courses at George Enescu National High School of Music in the Ion Voicu and Alexandru Tomescu rooms. The classes are held between the 19th and 21st of February 2018 and the musical accompaniment is provided by pianist Verona Maier. The classes are open to musicians between 16 and 25, and the École Normale will offer one scholarship in Paris for each instrument (violin and piano) in the school year 2018-2019 or 2019-2020. We found out more from the project coordinator, Alina Pavalache.

Noesis Enesco
opens the first academy of the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Bucharest. I would like to start by asking you what the Noesis Enesco exactly is and what are the main activities in which it gets involved.

Noesis Enesco
is an NGO which I founded last year in Bacãu. The first objective is the organizing of the master class. We started in Tescani in partnership with the George Enescu National Museum, with a certain focus on Enescu and the French repertoires.

How did the initiative to organize the classes of the
École Normale de Musique de Paris in Bucharest emerge?

This initiative belongs to Ms. Françoise Noël-Marquis, the director of the École Normale, and to me personally. I would like to thank the École Normale and its principal for the support she gave for the Georges Enesco International Canto Competition that we have organized in Paris since 2014. Furthermore, the Cortot Hall of the École Normale de Musique is one of the places where the finals of the competitions take place. When we spoke about Romanian musicians, about George Enescu, about the fact that George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti and other great musicians performed on the scene of the École Normale de Musique, the idea emerged to re-represent the École Normale de Musique, which was the guiding educational institution, I could say, alongside the Schola Cantorum, for young Romanian musicians that came to Paris to study. I started with the desire for young Romanian musicians to take advantage of the educational system of the maestros who currently teach at the École Normale de Musique and at the same time to get to know and acknowledge the institution.

How will the schedule of the events in Bucharest look like?

The event starts with an opening and welcoming speech for the participants. Afterwards, the two professors, David Lively at the piano and Florin Szigeti at the violin, will listen to each of the applicants and in the afternoon they will begin the actual classes, ending at around 16:30 on Wednesday; at 18:00 o'clock the final concert will take place and the two maestros will perform the first part of Sonata No.3 by George Enescu in its opening.
Interview by Ana Diaconu
Translated by Georgiana Nuțu,
MTTLC, 1st year, University of Bucharest