Today's great artists—yesterday's students!

In music, as in any craft, even the greatest artists have to start somewhere...

Have a look at this selection of master classes in which today's most polished virtuosos—like flutist Emmanuel Pahud, violinist Vilde Frang, or pianist Nicholas Angelich—appear as students years (or even decades) ago, under the guidance of legendary teachers and conductors. Also witness the transformative power of music in the lives of generations of young Venezuelans, who have developed a world-class ensemble worthy of the Lucerne Festival: the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, here led by the inestimable Claudio Abbado.

Legendary composers and conductors like Olivier Messiaen and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, respected pedagogues like Zakhar Bron and Pierre-Yves Artaud, and today's top-tier conductors such as Gábor Takács-Nagy and Gustavo Dudamel take pride in passing their knowledge and wisdom to the next generation!