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…