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Monday 24 October 2011
Professorship for Vanessa Latarche
This month, Vanessa Latarche, Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music (RCM), has been appointed to the additional title of Professor of International Keyboard Studies.
The RCM Director, Professor Colin Lawson, said: “I am delighted that Vanessa Latarche has been appointed to a Personal Chair at the Royal College of Music. Her inspirational leadership and international profile have made our Keyboard Faculty a natural first choice for students from around the world.” Professor Vanessa Latarche said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious appointment to a Personal Chair.”
Since Vanessa Latarche took up her post as Head of Keyboard at the RCM in 2005, she has presided over a number of major success stories:
- The annual RCM keyboard festival, which she founded, has expanded from a one day event to a grand five day celebration of the keyboard. The festival now reaches an audience of thousands through popular live events and web broadcasts. [note: The 2012 keyboard festival takes place from 2 to 6 March, and celebrates the music of Debussy.]
- RCM students have enjoyed incredible competition success. Professor Latarche herself travelled with large contingents of students to the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition and to the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. In both cases, RCM pianists reached the grand final; Leeds champion Sofya Gulyak chose to undertake further study at the RCM after her win.
- The Keyboard Faculty has presented piano masterclasses from an incredible line-up of visitors, including Lang Lang, Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia.
- Professor Latarche has forged and strengthened links with other leading academic institutions across Asia and Europe.
For more information on the RCM Keybaord Faculty, see the RCM Keyboard website.