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Dear students,

As you have certainly already noticed, the world of music has evolved a great deal over recent years. To find your place as a cellist in the professional world today, you certainly need to possess solid technique, have developed a strong artistic identity and be both physically and mentally resilient; however you also need to demonstrate immense creativity, boundless curiosity, an exceptional openness of spirit, lots of perseverance and an enormous capacity to adapt and communicate. I know a thing or two about this, but it’s by no means easy every day. The clear trajectory of the soloist who wins an international competition and is immediately thrust into the circuit and the reassuring road of the orchestra musician who finds a prestigious position after completing their studies are nowadays nothing other than exceptions. My aim as a teacher is therefore not to train soloists, chamber musicians or orchestra musicians, but to give you the tools you need to make your dream come true: to become a professional musician in the broad sense of the term. I will never discourage you or take the wind out of your sails by quoting realism; on the contrary, it is my mission to give you all the tools you need to define, adjust and realize your professional project using your strengths. Knowing how to harness your positive attributes, I believe, is the key to artistic and professional success, even though, of course, it is essential to work on weaknesses and turn them into qualities, where possible. However, nobody is perfect and that’s how things should be.
To effectively help you, I have studied pedagogical and didactic tools that favor the development of artistic identity. Technique is, of course, essential, but it needs to be developed in line with your artistic ideas and serve the music.
I have also focused on tools that develop technical and musical independence. Indeed, the sooner you can stand on your own two feet, the sooner you will be free, free in your choices, which is aligned with my absolute priority: to develop your artistic identity.
In my teaching, I also pay particular attention to methods that optimize your personal practice. Being able to self-evaluate is, for example, a priceless tool that helps you improve in your daily practice, while giving you the tools to best manage the ups and downs that define the lives of every musician.
Finally, I am interested in methods that are likely to optimize your performance (Yoga, Alexander Technique, Mental Training, Sophrology, etc.). Every musician must be able to give the very best they can in all circumstances thanks, notably, to solid technique, strong artistic choices and an adaptive mentality.
I will end with a quote taken from Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra which was later put to music by Richard Strauss: “Our stride tells us whether we are already walking our own path. But somebody who is getting closer to their goal, well, they dance”.

I wish for you all to dance, to dance freely with your cello.

Estelle Revaz

Find out more about my career below:

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BACKGROUND

2017: Master of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental Teaching
HEMU Lausanne (CH)

2015: Master of Arts in Music Performance - Contemporary Music
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (DE)
Prof. Maria Kliegel/Prof. David Smeyers


2013: Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance - Soloist
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (DE)
Prof. Maria Kliegel


2010: Bachelor (DNSPM)
Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse Paris (FR)
Prof. Jérôme Pernoo


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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Since 2017: Cello and Chamber Music Teacher
Kalaidos Musikhochschule Zürich (CH)

2015-2017: Teacher's assistant in a class of Prof. Susan Rybicki-Varga
HEMU Lausanne (CH)

Since 2010: Private lessons in Cologne, Lausanne and Paris.

Masterclasses in cooperation with various universities, high schools, institutions and organizations:
Austrian Master Classes (Zell an der Pram, Austria)
Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Fundación Beethoven (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Orquesta Juvenile Sodre (Montevideo, Uruguay) Escuela Departemental de Maldonado (Punta del Este, Uruguay)
Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China)
China Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China)
University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional del Paraguya (Asuncion, Paraguay)
Universidad Nacional de Asuncion (Asuncion, Paraguay)


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MORE PEDAGOGICAL RESOURCES

- Experiences with baroque cello and piccolo cello
- Experiences with baroque dance connected to the Bach's Suites
- Experiences with contemporary music
- Experiences with Yoga, Alexander Technique, Mental Training, Sophrology, Feldenkrais and TaKeTiNa
- Experiences with improvisation as a teaching resource
- Experiences with lecture concerts, multi-disciplinary projects and multimedia projects
- Experiences with planning, funding, management and achievement of pedagogical projects in cooperation with universities and foreign institutions
- Experiences with planning, funding, management and achievement of artistic projects
- Experiences with artistic management (Rencontres Musicales de Champéry).