Alexander Gilman and Marina Seltenreich are also keen to encourage friendly, sociable interaction among the members of the Academy.
"Musicians who pursue training as a soloist often led a socially sheltered and isolated lifestyle as children", says Alexander Gilman. "For years I have had to see children spend hours and hours practicing alone in their rooms from a very young age, with the aim of perhaps making it as a soloist one day. In many cases, these children do not get any pleasure out of life and, ultimately, out of music. These days, in particular, it is very important to integrate into the community and to be able to conduct healthy social relationships."
This healthy integration into the world of music is ensured not only by playing music, traveling and performing concerts together, but also – most importantly of all – through a friendly, helpful and familial communal spirit within the Academy. A sense of togetherness therefore develops very naturally between the like-minded students, paving the way for a truly extraordinary journey of personal and musical development. The close communication between all the musicians leads to real, lifelong friendships, in contrast to the competitive rivalries commonly found elsewhere.
Students graduating from the Academy are not only outstanding musicians; they are also familiar with the industry, have established their own extensive network and have already built up plenty of experience.