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THE SCOOP | Elton John Taps Royal Conservatory For New Global Exchange Program

By Michael Vincent on December 10, 2021

Royal Academy of Music alumni Elton John (Photo: Ludmila Joaquina Valentina Buyo/Flickr)
Royal Academy of Music alumni Elton John (Photo: Ludmila Joaquina Valentina Buyo/Flickr)

The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory is one of 12 music education institutions from across the world invited to take part in the new Sir Elton John Global Exchange Program, which was announced today by the Royal Academy of Music and sponsored by Sir Elton John.

“My passion is to help nurture the next generation of global artists. Music can and should transcend borders, and I am delighted to be supporting a scheme which offers high-level, tangible opportunities to talented young musicians coming together from many different countries,” said Sir Elton John, in a release.

The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London, England, devised the initiative, which will go live in September 2022 and allow students from top music schools throughout the world to participate in educational exchanges with the Academy.

“We are thrilled that Sir Elton John has extended his ongoing and already considerable support for young musicians through this creative new program,” said Dr. Peter Simon, President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory. “We extend to him and to Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, the visionary Principal of The Royal Academy of Music, our thanks and gratitude. This program will foster a global perspective and change the lives of many young artists, to whom we look to extend the frontiers of our art form. The Royal Conservatory is honoured to be among this group of exceptional schools of music and part of this global network.”

Schools Included

  • The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
  • The Juilliard School (New York)
  • Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris
  • Shanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki
  • mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
  • Hanns Eisler Academy, Berlin
  • The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich
  • Reina Sofia School of Music (Madrid)
  • Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music and Graduate School of Music

Up to 20 participants will be selected for the program each year. Each will work on short collaborative projects and receive a year of tuition at their host institution.


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