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                 Académie Anglicorde is a two week music camp making its inaugural run in October 2013 in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb of Paris.  By inviting American teachers, Académie Anglicorde gives French students the opportunity to learn new techniques to hone their musicianship through American-School pedagogy. 

                 Two central elements make this project extremely relevant: the desire for more English within the French education system and the infusion of new pedagogical viewpoints within current music education. We believe that our job as music teachers is to not only teach musical language, but also help students build themselves as individual members of society. By bridging the language and pedagogical aspects of music teaching, we will improve our students’ self-esteem, motivation, creativity, questioning and instrumental technique. 

Season 2013



Jessica Osborne, piano

Hailed by the Washington Post as a pianist “with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” after her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Xylina Osborne is one of the most intensely expressive, passionate artists of her generation. She has performed widely in the United States and Europe, including performances in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Concert Hall, and Merkin Hall. Radio broadcasts include NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR in New York, WGMS in Washington D.C., and KUHF in Houston. Read more...

Keir Gogwilt, violin

     Keir GoGwilt was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. Recent performances include the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard, the Berg Concerto and Aucoin's "This Same Light" with the Encounters Ensemble at the Peabody Essex Museum, recitals at the Century Club, Miller Theatre, the Canadian Opera Company, and a collaboration with Robert Levin on the world premiere of Levin's completion of a Mozart piano trio at the Sarasota Opera House.  He is currently recording some of Tobias Picker's violin and chamber music for Tzadik records, to be released in 2013. Read more...

Deborah Pae, cello

Cellist Deborah Pae is captivating audiences on world stages as a seasoned recitalist and chamber musician. Since her international debut in 2003 at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards honoring cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and her European recital debut in 2005 on the Musée de Louvre recital series in Paris, Ms. Pae has performed across four continents and appeared at the invitation of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Musée de Grenoble, Neue Galerie, Strad for Lunch Series, and the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series. She has been featured at a number of highly regarded festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Amsterdam Cello Biënnale, 7th Adam International Cello Festival in New Zealand, International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program, and has been a participating artist on Ravinia’s 2012 Steans on TourRead more...



Curriculum A : Advanced instrumental curriculum in English.

For violin, viola, cello and piano. 

13 to 20 year old students who would like to improve their instrumental technique and musicianship. This course is taught in English and offers an American inspired pedagogy. This cultural enrichment, complementary to French conservatory education, will help students find more possibilities for expression, create their own musical identity, and improve technical capacities through exercises and approaches inspired by great American pedagogues. 

Lessons every day, 4 chamber music coachings, 2 assisted chamber music rehearsals, 3 group classes, 1 concert (not mandatory.)

Each student will attend 1 other student's lessons.  

Curriculum B : Approach of the English language through the musical language. 

For violin, viola, cello and piano. 

This curriculum, if more insistent on English progress still includes intensive musical training with high level musicians. 

Lessons every day

4 chamber music coachings, 3 group classes, 1 assisted chamber music rehearsal, 5 cultural assignments, 1 concert (not mandatory)

Each student will attend two other students' lessons. 

Curriculum C: chamber music and interpretation

For students who play another instrument than violin, viola, cello and piano.

4 chamber music coachings, 2 assisted chamber music rehearsals. 

2 interpretation lessons.

Curriculum D: chamber music, preformed ensembles.

Students over 16 in a trio, quartet or quintet who would like to benefit from chamber music coachings. 

4 chamber music coachings.

1 assisted chamber music rehearsal. 

Must attend 3 lessons of students of their choice.  

Will have the opportunity to play with their teachers at the end of the academy. 


About the location


       This commune in the western suburbs of Paris is limited North by the Bois de Boulogne and shares its East border with the 16th arrondissement of Paris. First most populated town of the region after Paris, it is home to one of the top conservatories in the country, prestigious cinema studios, and the main television channel TF1. The Ile Seguin, which used to welcome the Renault factories is now being reconverted into a gigantic cultural quarter. 

Watch the "support" video to see the beautiful old library where the piano lessons will take place. 

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The Academy

        Lessons and coachings will be divided between the auditorium of the Marmottan museum, with a grand piano and the Collège Bartholdi, which includes a lounge area and study space. The Boulogne Conservatory will be open for practicing. 

About the President

Mathilde Geismar, viola- pedagogic coordination

            Violist Mathilde Geismar is an active teacher and chamber musician appearing on prestigious stages in America, Europe and Asia.

            She was noticed very early, appearing as a soloist at age 10 with the Pontarlier Orchestra in France. At the age of 16, she was invited to play chamber music concerts at Chateau de Canisy, in France.  There, she collaborated with faculty of the Paris and Boulogne Conservatory.

            In the United States, she shared the stage with Kim Kashkashian, Dimitri Murrath and Garth Knox at the Music for Food series. She also played with the prestigious chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Mathilde was a member of the Image piano quartet from 2008 to 2010, winner of the CMS competition in 2009. A year later, her piano quartet performance of Fauré was broadcasted on AMF radio.

            As a baroque violist, she toured in Asia with Robert Mealy and Simon Carrington as a guest artist of the Yale Collegium Singers. Read more...

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