Jo Cole, Head of Strings at London’s Royal Academy of Music, has responded Kennedy’s recent outburst that music colleges crush the individuality in their students.
In a letter to the Observer today, Jo (pic, right) writes:
At the Royal Academy of Music, there are 24 violin professors, whose ages range from 30 to 92 and whose approach is enormously varied. What they have in common is a tireless dedication to nurturing young musicians and preserving at all costs their students’ evolving artistic personalities as communicators through music. We encourage students to take risks in live performance and follow their muse.
There are 103 violin students under my care, who are destined for multiple careers in music. I don’t recognise the perfectionist clones described by Nigel Kennedy, because they don’t survive as musicians.
Full letter here.