The American conservatory
The school's illustrious faculty has included Maurice Ravel, Marcel Dupré, Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Philippe Entremont, Trio Pasquier, Jean Francaix, Henri Dutilleux, Charles-Marie Widor, Gilbert Amy, Betsy Jolas, André Boucourechliev, Pierre Amoyal, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Rubinstein, and Leonard Bernstein. The famed composition and harmony professor Nadia Boulanger was among this distinguished faculty from the beginning. Her energy, knowledge, and spirit guided the school while she was Director from 1949 through 1979.
The American Conservatory has influenced many of the world's finest musicians including Burt Bacharach, Daniel Barenboim, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, Clifford Curzon, John Eliot Gardiner, Egberto Gismonti, Phillip Glass, Quincy Jones, Vilayat Inayat Khan, Dinu Lipatti, Astor Piazzolla, Louise Talma, Virgil Thomson, and many others.