About The Gonzervatory

Growing up, I had a complex relationship with studying music; I wanted to be inspired and challenged, not ‘taught’.  Technical knowledge came quickly, but I struggled to express my feelings in a direct but playful way.  I’ve seen so many trained musicians miss out on instinctive musical joy, while those who are self-taught don’t know how to systematically improve their skills. Musicians shouldn’t have to choose between fun and knowledge, it’s a false choice. The Gonzervatory is a place for young musicians to find and strengthen their musical voice, to journey deeper into the emotions and science of their art.” (Chilly Gonzales, 2017)

THE GONZERVATORY is an 8-day music performance workshop hosted by Grammy Award-winning entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales.

Six musicians aged 18-30, a group as diverse as possible from all around the world and from all sorts of different musical backgrounds, will be selected and brought to Paris (2018), Köln (2019) and London (2020) for 7 days of intensive coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals, culminating in a public concert led by Chilly Gonzales himself.  Students will start each day with one-on-one coaching sessions with Gonzales, followed by afternoon masterclasses from special guests selected from Gonzales’ friends and collaborators.  Evenings will see the students rehearse together, learning and practicing each other’s songs for the grand finale concert at the end of the week. The entire experience will be documented to share with viewers all over the world the inevitable struggles and triumphs of each student throughout the week.

Watch videos from the 1st edition of The Gonzervatory below, including Masterclasses with Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Ibeyi and FredWesley with So-called…

Solo Piano III Notebook

Sheet music from “Solo Piano III” and other Gonzo classics from over the years

Available at our shop

1LIVE Chilly Gonzales Pop Music Masterclass LIVESTREAM from WDR FUNKHAUS (KÖLN)

For those who missed Gonzo’s special 1LIVE Pop Music Masterclass which he performed LIVE at the WDR Funkhaus Köln for the release of his new album Solo Piano III, you can catch-up the whole LIVESTREAM here !
 
(NB: The actual SHOW starts around the hour mark (1:00:00) after the previous masterclasses countdown…)

1LIVE Chilly Gonzales Pop Music Masterclass LIVESTREAM

1LIVE Chilly Gonzales Pop Music Masterclass LIVESTREAM here at 9 PM (CEST) and on https://www.chillygonzales.com

Publiée par Chilly Gonzales sur Mardi 18 septembre 2018

SOLO PIANO III – Exclusive First Listen

Chilly Gonzales invites all fans and curiosity-seekers to Exclusive First Listens of his new album Solo Piano III one day ahead of release on 7 Sept.

To create this unique experience, Chilly Gonzales specially recorded 8 pieces of the album on a high-fidelity midi system and hand-picked some spots that have not only paved his career but will also resonate with music lovers all over the world (London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto).

Gonzo will be busy rehearsing for tour, but those curious enough can come enjoy perfectly rendered acoustic performances of the album on magical self-playing pianos whose keys and pedals will move as if Chilly Gonzales were there in person…

In London @ Markson Pianos
INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2NHlteF

In Berlin @ JustMusic Berlin
INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2NJcj1i

In Paris @ Centre Chopin Pianos
INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2PZCTFb

In Toronto @ The Royal Conservatory
INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2Q3k7wr

SOLO PIANO III – Exclusive 1st Listen

Chilly Gonzales invites all fans and curiosity-seekers to Exclusive First Listens of his new album Solo Piano III one day ahead of release on 7 Sept. To create this unique experience, Chilly Gonzales specially recorded 8 pieces of the album on a high-fidelity midi system and hand-picked some spots that have not only paved his career but will also resonate with music lovers all over the world (London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto).Gonzo will be busy rehearsing for tour, but those curious enough can come enjoy perfectly rendered acoustic performances of the album on magical self-playing pianos whose keys and pedals will move as if Chilly Gonzales were there in person…In London @ Markson Pianos​INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2NHlteFIn Berlin @ JustMusic Berlin​INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2NJcj1iIn Paris @ Centre Chopin Pianos​INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2PZCTFbIn Toronto @ The Royal Conservatory​INFO & FB EVENT: https://bit.ly/2Q3k7wr

Publiée par Chilly Gonzales sur Mardi 4 septembre 2018

Chilly Gonzales in Forbes

Grammy Winner Chilly Gonzales On Rapper Billionaires, Daft Punk, New Album

by Mark Beech

He took the lead of rapper billionaires and started his own full-service music company. He set up his own international academy and got a little help from his friends such as Pulp star Jarvis Cocker and singer Peaches. He collaborated with everyone from Drake to Feist and Jane Birkin. He made an intimate album, Solo Piano, which went from cult hit to big seller. This July, Chris Evans, the Captain America actor, was raving to his 10 million Twitter followers about its follow-up, Solo Piano II. The latest, Solo Piano III, will be out on September 7 with Gonzales going on tour to support it…

Read full article here

#Gonzervatory

The Gonzervatory is an 8-day residential music performance workshop organized by Chilly Gonzales.

A handful of carefully selected students win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Gonzervatory for a week of intensive coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals, living together in musical immersion and culminating in a public concert led by Chilly Gonzales himself.

The Gonzervatory is open to every musician 18 or older, from all parts of the globe, who write and perform their own material: composing instrumentalists, singer-songwriters, rappers, producers. Together the Gonzervatorians and Chilly Gonzales explore Musical Humanism, audience psychology and what it means to be a performing musician in 2019.

Scroll down to see what happened during the 2018 Paris Edition of The Gonzervatory.

The Gonzervatory : D-2

D-2…

We are thrilled to announce the Kaiser Quartett joining us at 19:30 to open the #Gonzervatory Convocation Concert at Le Trianon on 26th April.

The #Gonzervatory is an 8 Day Music Performance Workshop hosted by Chilly Gonzales.

7 Musicians were selected for this all expenses paid trip to Paris to learn with Gonzo and guest professors Peaches, Socalled, Fred Wesley/Illyria, Jarvis Cocker and Lisa Kainde Diaz (Ibeyi).

WATCH IT ALL HERE STARTING ON 26th APRIL
at 8:30 PM (Paris Time).