Key Facts and History

International Acclaim

The Glenn Gould School is an internationally recognized centre for professional training in music performance at the postsecondary and postbachelor levels.

The faculty consists of internationally acclaimed performers, teachers, and scholars. Each is dedicated to providing Glenn Gould School students with the highest standards of training and evaluation.

Music Education at its Best

The Glenn Gould School is committed to mentoring its students. A maximum enrollment of 130 students keeps classes small and encourages supportive relationships with teachers.

One of the first schools to recognize the need for more individual lesson time, The Glenn Gould School has offered from the outset and continues to offer 1.5 hours per week of individual instruction to each of its students.

The Glenn Gould School offers one of the most extensive master class programs, presenting more than 125 classes each year with the world’s greatest artists.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunities

Students benefit from 80 to 100 annual performance opportunities at The Conservatory's performance venues and at major Toronto venues, such as the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Through the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and classes in career management, Glenn Gould School students are introduced to the world’s finest conductors, artistic directors, managers, and agents for future job placement. Instruction in career development also prepares students to be entrepreneurial and competitive in the global marketplace.

Glenn Gould School students also benefit from being able to participate in collaborative projects with Toronto’s foremost performing arts organizations, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Glenn Gould School Alumni

Glenn Gould School alumni have established important careers as solo performers, orchestral musicians, chamber musicians, and recording artists. Alumni include singers Isabel Bayrakdarian and Robert Gleadow, pianists David Jalbert and Richard Raymond, orchestral musicians Mariku Anraku (harp) and Adam Romer (viola), and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

The small size of The Glenn Gould School facilitates a unique camaraderie among students in a friendly and culturally diverse learning environment.

Glenn Gould School History

Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory has a long tradition of excellence in musical training. Its renowned alumni range from Glenn Gould to Teresa Stratas, from Jon Vickers to Mario Bernardi.

Today, The Glenn Gould School continues The Conservatory's dedication to developing artistic leaders with a unique and innovative performance curriculum. This school was created in 1987 as The Royal Conservatory of Music Professional School and renamed in 1997 to honour one of the greatest musical minds in history.

Notable alumni of The Glenn Gould School include the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Naida Cole, Mariko Anraku, Li Wang, and Isabel Bayrakdarian.

History of The Royal Conservatory

About Glenn Gould

Toronto-born pianist Glenn Gould, a graduate of The Royal Conservatory, is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.

He was the first classical artist to explore fully the communications potential of broadcast and recording technologies. In doing so, he influenced an entire generation of performers and listeners, and left a rich legacy of ideas that serve as the inspiration for the programs of The Glenn Gould School.

The Glenn Gould School offers one of the most extensive master class programs, presenting more than 125 classes each year with the world’s greatest artists.