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Classical soloists' life histories and the music conservatoire
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    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Palmer T, Baker D
  • Publisher:
    SAGE Publications
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    International Journal of Music Education
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  • Keywords:
    Career aspirations, Conservatoires, Music in Higher Education, Soloists, Virtuosi
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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