VC INTERVIEW | Miguel Negri on Piccolo Virtuosi


The Violin Channel just lately caught up with Miguel Negri, creative director of Piccoli Virtuosi.


Are you able to inform us about Piccoli Virtuosi. When was it based and the place is it based mostly?

Piccoli Virtuosi is an Worldwide Music Boarding College based within the Gstaad area, Switzerland. It opened its doorways for the educational 12 months in 2019 / 2020. It’s a college that mixes musical research with common teachers for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 18 who’ve the potential to develop knowledgeable profession on the planet of music.


What’s Piccoli Virtuosi’s major mission?

Indubitably, offering the training of youngsters and younger individuals implies each an unlimited privilege and accountability. These are the years during which the character is shaped and values are established. Additionally it is the best age to be taught languages, one thing during which the Swiss are specialists, as it’s a small nation with 4 official languages. Our worldwide college has English as its fundamental language, however it’s positioned on the border between the French canton of Vaud and the German canton of Bern, so English, French, and German are the every day bread.

Personally, along with being a violinist, I’ve studied engineering, so I’ve all the time tried to make use of cutting-edge know-how to enhance studying processes for the good thing about our artwork.

I used to be just lately invited by Dr. Katsuyuki Sakuma to go to the IBM headquarters in New York with a purpose to check a fingernail sensor that they’d developed. This enables exact evaluation of finger drop, influence velocity, and finger strain on the violin strings throughout articulation and modifications of place and vibrato. We implement all this evaluation in school, additionally complementing it with video recordings of the scholars’ arms from numerous angles and in sluggish movement. Our mission is to offer younger individuals with first-class musical and educational training, to present all of them the mandatory instruments to assist them change into not solely excellent artists but in addition nice human beings.


Are you able to inform us about your studying surroundings and the way your curriculum balances intense musical training with every youngster’s teachers?

There are a number of well-established establishments for younger college students over 18, however only a few options for youngsters of school-going age. These kids face a problem, whereby they should steadiness each, educational and music research.

Because of the flexibleness that the Swiss academic system provides, our college students, along with with the ability to comply with their educational research, get pleasure from a diminished program that enables them to dedicate and focus extra hours on their music research.


What does a median day at Piccoli Virtuosi appear like on your college students?

A typical day at our boarding begins at 6:45 am. College students take a bathe, tidy their bed room, and make their mattress. Then they go down for breakfast.

From 8:00 to 12:00, most of them are busy with their educational research.

After lunch, all children can get pleasure from a break till 1:30, after they begin with their music classes and follow time till 8:00.

Dinner is served at 8:00, after which the boarders have some free time till 9:30, when it’s time to go to mattress. The older ones can learn some time in mattress at night time, till 10:00, when all of the lights ought to be off.

On weekends, some boarders return dwelling.


Inform us about your college and visitor college?

Andrey Baranov, 1st Prize winner of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competitors in Brussels and Miguel Negri, founding father of the Piccoli Virtuosi College, are the professors of violin. The chamber music lessons are in command of Andres Gabetta, founding father of the renown Capella Gabetta collectively together with his sister, Sol Gabetta. Maria Baranova is in command of the piano lessons and in the course of the first two years, artists resembling Pavel Vernikov and Jeremy Menuhin visited us for masterclasses.

Our college, of very current creation, is at the moment configuring a high-level college for different devices as effectively, along with the development mission of a brand new headquarters on magnificent land supplied by the City Corridor of Château d’Oex. The brand new headquarters is the creation of the Piccoli Virtuosi Basis, with Martin T:son Engstroem, founder and director of the Verbier Pageant, and Jeremy Menuhin as distinguished members of the Board.


What are the primary elements that you simply hope your college students are capable of develop throughout their time at Piccoli Virtuosi?

Aside from the human formation and values talked about above, the aim of our faculty is for college kids to realize essentially the most stable instrumental approach doable that enables them the best freedom of interpretation. Throughout these early life, we additionally present them with many choices to play in concert events as an necessary a part of the educational course of. As soon as they’ve accomplished their research at Piccoli Virtuosi, lots of them will proceed with their college research, and we intend that their degree of instrumental, musical, and educational training be excessive sufficient to permit them to entry the College of their alternative.


The place are your college students coming from and what qualities do you search for in your consumption?

The situation of our faculty, in Switzerland, attracts college students from many international locations, together with Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Eire. Our college can also be a sexy vacation spot for college kids from America, Asia, and Oceania.

Relating to the admissions, the extent required to enter will depend on the age of the candidate. For the youngest, we search for potential and expertise. For these older, the extent in keeping with their age is a necessary requirement to be thought of. On the whole, the important thing elements come right down to checking that candidates have musicality, a superb ear, and a way of rhythm.


How can somebody apply, if they’re concerned about auditioning for the college?

The audition course of is open all 12 months for youths aged 7 to 17 in the intervening time they request admission. The scholars which might be admitted are included into our faculty within the time period following the date of admission.

Step one is to fill within the admission type, which might be downloaded from our web site. The applying type ought to be despatched by e-mail along with a current video of the applicant performing one or two items of their very own alternative on their first instrument.

The musical director of the college will overview the applying along with the primary instructor of the candidate’s instrument, and collectively they are going to resolve the steps to comply with. In some circumstances, the candidate could already be accepted or rejected, though most often, the candidate could also be invited to the College to move a probationary interval, which might differ between a number of days and as much as 3 months. Throughout this time, they participate within the lifetime of the college and have classes earlier than a remaining choice is made.


You additionally provide Summer time and Winter quick programs — the following one going down between August 8 and 21, 2022. Might you inform us about these and who they’d be best suited for?

The summer time and winter camps are normally the most effective alternative for establishing first contact with new candidates concerned about finding out all through the educational 12 months. For the college, it is a superb option to get to know these college students, and for the scholars, it provides them an opportunity to get to know others and stay collectively within the boarding home. Our college maintains a household ambiance, which is why you will need to get to know every new youngster who joins on a human degree, with a purpose to assure that the ambiance of camaraderie amongst all is maintained.


Subsequent 12 months additionally, you will host the inaugural Piccoli Virtuosi Worldwide Violin Competitors in Gstaad, Switzerland. Inform us about your plans so far for this?

Worldwide competitions, when approached appropriately are in my view a wonderful type of motivation. First, the individuals get an important incentive to be taught new items and make a further effort to take them to a excessive degree. Additionally, all skilled musicians know that enjoying in public is a part of the educational course of. In competitors, many younger individuals have, for instance, their first alternative to play as soloists accompanied by an orchestra. Within the case of the primary version of the Piccoli Virtuosi Worldwide Competitors, the Yehudi Menuhin College Orchestra from London will go to us in Gstaad.

Moreover, it will be important for the individuals to have alternatives to measure their degree in relation to the very best worldwide requirements. These are a number of days during which the individuals may also have the chance to satisfy nice internationally famend artists who will probably be a part of the jury. Within the first version, the jury will probably be made up of Salvatore Accardo, Pavel Vernikov, Pierre Amoyal, Hyung-ki Joo, Raimund Trenkler, Mihaela Martin, and myself. Our contest will happen yearly in two classes, junior as much as 14 years previous and senior from 15 as much as 19.


Why do you are feeling Piccoli Virtuosi is ready to present the optimum surroundings for nurturing proficient younger college students?

Initially, Switzerland has a protracted custom of internet hosting the most effective worldwide boarding colleges on the planet. Our college is positioned within the Gstaad – Château d’Oex valley space, a novel place for its pure magnificence, purity of air, and an idyllic surroundings during which to effectively dedicate your self to your research.

As well as, the mother and father who go to us are delighted by the safety that our area evokes. Our college is positioned in some of the stunning areas of the Swiss Alps, within the mountains, surrounded by inexperienced, in a small neighborhood that is sort of a huge household.

However along with all this, it’s in an space with an immense musical custom, since it’s the place the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin discovered his private refuge greater than 60 years in the past. It’s the place he himself got here in quest of inspiration and the place he based the Menuhin Pageant, which attracts each summer time the best worldwide artists.




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