Robert Estrin - piano expert

Is Juilliard the Best Music School in the World?

An answer to a typical musician's question

In this video, Robert talks about the popular Julliard School and its academic quality. Hype or reality?

Released on March 11, 2020

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Video Transcription

Thanks for joining me here at I'm Robert Estrin, and today's question is, is Juilliard the best music school in the world? Almost everybody has heard of Juilliard, and indeed there are some sensational musicians who have come out of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Here's an interesting aside for you. There is a new Juilliard School now in Shanghai.

Now Shanghai is the epicenter of the piano world. Consider this. There are around six million piano students here in the United States. Well, China has well over 50 million piano students. It's pretty remarkable. So opening up a Juilliard School in China makes a tremendous amount of sense, and is a great resource. And I can tell you this, the Julliard Orchestra, absolutely top notch musicians. Why? Well, you've got so many soloists, violin and cello soloists, who go to the Julliard School that you've got a whole string section of soloists. It's pretty remarkable. The opera department, across the board, it's a great school, right in Lincoln Center. What could be better?

Well, as great as Julliard is, there are some elite schools in Europe and here in the United States. We have two ridiculously elite schools. In fact, they are total scholarship schools. On the East Coast, you've got the Curtis School of Music, and on the West Coast, you've got Colburn. These are magnificent institutions with illustrious faculties, and in order to go there, it's a complete free ride for everyone who goes there. So it's extraordinarily difficult to get in. And it's a top-notch experience. In Curtis, I know that pianists even get their own piano in their apartment to practice on. The endowments are incredible.

So while Juilliard isn't quite that elite, it's certainly a great school and I think it's a magnificent idea opening a school in China where it really is needed. Wait till you see the generation of musicians, the coming generations coming out of China, particularly on piano, which is so popular there.

I would love to hear from all of you, any other schools. I'm sure there are many schools in Europe that are very, very selective and with illustrious faculties, as well. I just mentioned two schools here in the United States that are so well endowed. Curtis, of course, has got the Philadelphia Orchestra right there. Most of the members of the orchestra, many of them are on faculty, and of course Colburn's got the benefit of the LA Philharmonic right there. Love to hear your questions for future videos. Again, I'm Robert Estrin here at, your online piano store. You're welcome to subscribe and we'll see you in the next video.
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Hank Schutz * VSM MEMBER * on March 11, 2020 @6:28 am PST
An orchestra of soloists as you said of the Juliard binch is not always optimal
Thanks for your essays. Always interesting.
Robert Estrin on March 11, 2020 @11:29 am PST
This is true! However, if you can get a bunch of concert level violin soloists to play well together as a group, you can enjoy a very rich sound!
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