Hometown: Fontainebleau, France
Web site: http://www.fontainebleauschools.org/
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The Fontainebleau Schools started with the involvement of the United States in the First World War. At the instigation of General Pershing who wished to improve the quality of US military band music, then conductor of the New York Philharmonic Walter Damrosch was asked to organize a school led by composer Francis Casadesus and located in Paris region where US troops were headquartered. After the war, Damrosh and Casadesus decided to continue this successful operation and were granted permission to open a music school in one of the wings of the Chateau of Fontainebleau. The American Conservatory intended to offer the best of French musical education to young, promising musicians. Under such renowned guidance, the American Conservatory influenced many of the best American musicians such as: Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Louise Talma, Samuel Dushkin, Elliott Carter, Beveridge Webster, Kenton Coe and many others. Today, the school continues to fulfill its mission by introducing the best music students from America, Asia and Europe to the French musical tradition of teaching, composing and performing.
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