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Emanuel Feuermann Conservatory

The Emanuel Feuermann Conservatory, Kronberg Academy's private cello and violin school, was founded in autumn 1998 by Raimund Trenkler, the CEO and Artistic Director of Kronberg Academy Kronberg Academy, and Wolfgang Lehner, until 2013  the Conservatory's Artistic Director. The founders' idea was to use Kronberg Academy's experience in training the elite to provide instrumental training opportunities for all who are serious about wanting to play the cello or the violin. The Conservatory was named after Emanuel Feuermann, one of the most eminent cellists of the 20th century.

The 1995 Cello Festival in Kronberg was dedicated to that great cellist. The event was attended by his widow, Eva Feuermann, and his sister, Sophie, both of whom were thrilled by the idea of setting up a cello school in their name and thus keeping alive the memory of one of the world's greatest cellists.

When the Conservatory was opened in 1998, Sophie wrote to Raimund Trenkler and Wolfgang Lehner, "After my visit to Kronberg in 1995, I have every confidence that this conservatory will be a success. I wish you all the very best!"

The Conservatory has indeed proved to be very successful. It currently has about 80 students, who are taught by 7 highly qualified tutors. There are about 20 students on the violin courses (founded in 2009).

The Conservatory has four aims:

  1. A sound cello or violin training - students take the grade examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), which serve as an internationally recognised benchmark for measuring their progress, and take part in the competitions and courses arranged by the Internationaler Arbeitskreis für Musik e. V..
  2. Ensemble playing.
  3. Regular public performances and concerts as well as charity performances at events within and outside the local community, such as Kronberg's New Year reception, twin town events and commemorative celebrations.
  4. One project a year with guest tutors and several days of intense tuition, culminating in a public concert during the Kronberger Kulturnacht. Student exchanges with the conservatory in Girona (Spain) began in 2009, with the venue alternating  and the venue alternates between Girona and Bad Homburg v.d.H.. Financial support is provided by the Goethe Institute.

The Feuermann Conservatory has been funded since 2006 by the
Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation and the
Carl und Erika Neubronner Stiftung Kronberg.

Emanuel Feuermann Conservatory
Beate Rüskamp
Im Brühl 30
61476 Kronberg
Tel +49 6173 783333
Mobil +39 151 5625 8276
Fax +49 6173 783339

Taunus Sparkasse Kronberg DE61 5125 0000 0055 0126 87, HELADEF1TSK


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