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Keyboard Department

The vitality of the keyboard department, in which only instruments that use polyphonic writing are taught - piano, organ, harp and percussion, percussions - is undoubtedly largely due to the exceptionally wide and varied repertoire which is constantly being approached and performed in the light of contemporary insights.


The teachers of the keyboard department are at pains to monitor the students’ progress throughout the course and to encourage them to display their skills in the context of the public events at the Lyon CNSMD, which include auditions, recitals and concerts.

In addition to their activity as soloists, keyboard department students are regularly involved with other departments, through their ensemble and chamber music work and often have the occasion to work with the choral studies, composition, dance and also early music departments.
This multidisciplinary approach is apparent from the interest and diversity of the courses offered.

Thanks to seminars, master-classes and teacher exchanges with partner institutions in Europe and further afield, students widen their experience through this extensive contact with a wide range of artistic experiences and approaches to musical culture.

The department respects the specific features associated with the study of each instrument and helps students to make substantial progress in their main subject. It also encourages the students personal development through the options offered. The professional skills the students acquire will undoubtedly enable them to start off on their professional careers with a clearly defined artistic project.


The keyboard department has the use of 82 instruments ranging from quarter size grand pianos concert to full concert grands of both European and Japanese makes. Our premises also house a Viennese piano signed Johann Fritz (circa 1825) and restored by Humeau & Clarke, a copy of a 1793 Langerer by Christopher Clarke and a clavichord built by Jobin.

Students have access to the nine harpsichords belonging to the early music department for personal practice.

Other instruments

The organ in Salle Darasse was built by Grenzing in 1993.
The organ class also has the use of two organs built for study purposes by Delangue and Saby.
The harp class have seven concert harps at their disposal.
The percussion class have a huge array of instruments in their studios.

Students have access to all the rooms for personal practice apart from at times when lessons are taking place.


Head of Department: Franck Vaudray


Laurent Cabasso
Assistant: Hélène Bouchez

Jérôme Granjon/Sébastien Vichard
Assistant: Svetlana Eganian

Hervé N’Kaoua
Assistant: Thierry Rosbach

Piano accompaniment

David Selig
Assistants: Ursula Alvarez-Heredia, Charles Bouisset, Sébastien Driant, Jean-Noël Siret, Kazuya Gunji, Marieke Hofmann, Anaït Sérékian, Jean-Noël Siret, Isabelle Eschenbrenner


François Espinasse
Assistant: Liesbeth Schlumberger


Fabrice Pierre
Assistants: Sylvain Blassel, Park Stickney
Accompanist: Jean-Marie Bardèche


Jean Geoffroy/Minh-Tâm Nguyen
Assistant: Henri-Charles Caget, Hsin-Hsuan Wu
Accompanist: Nadia Nagrocki


Additional details

One-year professional residency in string quartet

Get a one-year professional residency in string quartet, classical, contemporary, pop, jazz & world music !

The National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon offers a professional training residency in string quartet allowing to deepen its practice and to perform for a year, in collaboration with the Opéra de Lyon and cellist Vincent Ségal for the 2021-2022 season.



Training Course | strengthen, open and enrich your repertoire
  • Chamber music lessons supervised by the team of teachers from the CNSMD Lyon
  • Artistic accompaniment in current music by cellist Vincent Ségal (world repertoires, polyrhythms, improvisation, arrangement)
  • Cultural mediation, participation in Master Classes
  • Additional courses may be chosen among the CNSMD Lyon offer (subject to availability)
Stage | give your future a boost

The selected quartet will be associated with several concerts produced by the CNSMD de Lyon and the Opéra de Lyon, as a quartet or with Opera Underground guest artists of the season.
Along with various professional partnerships (Belle Saison, Pro Quartet, etc.)

Application | timetable and conditions

• October 14th, 2021

Deadline for submitting applications : send your quartet CV and the copy of the highest diploma of each member of the Quartet on concours.cnsmd-lyon.fr/

• October 22nd, 2021

Hearing in Lyon after selection on file
15 minutes free program
it may include a contemporary piece

• November,  2021

Start of residency in Lyon, France


Admission fees (for information purposes only)

general fee to be paid by the Quatuor : 178 €
individual schooling fees to be paid by each Quatuor’s member : 529 € + 91 €

Certain concerts may be subject to pay. This training is qualifying but not leading to qualification. It could be if the quartet or one of its members wishes to enroll in a longer course within the CNSMD (after a competitive entrance examination).

Sophie Leleu
sophie.leleu @ cnsmd-lyon.fr
+33 (0) 4 72 19 26 91
+33 (0) 6 83 82 57 15