Shanghai Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music Launch Real-Time Video Exchange

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The Manhattan School of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory have launched the first live exchange between American and Chinese conservatories with a long-distance broadband masterclass led by violinist Pinchas Zukerman.

Zukerman was on site in Shanghai for the event, which took place yesterday at 8:30 p.m. at MSM and 8:30 a.m. this morning in Shanghai. Students participating in the masterclass included a 14-year-old violinist playing Chausson's Poeme.

The broadband masterclass cemented the ongoing relationship between the two schools. Throughout the upcoming academic year, around 33 programs will be offered to Chinese students via distance learning, including classes on opera, chamber music, and jazz. The Shanghai students are reportedly particularly excited about the jazz program, because there are limited opportunities to study the art form in China.

MSM's videoconferencing program was started in 1996 by Zukerman, who is on the school's faculty, and thought videoconferencing would help him devote more time to his students while traveling.


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