Classical soloists’ life histories and the music conservatoire

Classical soloists’ life histories and the music conservatoire

Type of Research output: Journal Article

Trinity Laban Staff member(s): Mr Tim Palmer (0000-0003-3622-1940),

All Author(s): Tim Palmer, David Baker

Publication details: International Journal of Music Education


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Date of acceptance: January 6th, 2021

Date of publication: February 2nd, 2021

Date of deposit in Trinity Laban Research Online: February 11th, 2021

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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.

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Tim Palmer, David Baker (2021). Classical soloists’ life histories and the music conservatoire. International Journal of Music Education.
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