Arsentiy Kharitonov: Doctor of Music? 

Pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov in Manhattan, New York, on May 10, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

In a not-too-distant past, the university and the conservatory were two separate worlds, each with their own concept of academic achievement.  In the United States, a shift toward consensus came about at the beginning of the Cold War, when music schools started awarding doctorates.  That elite degree was considered to fill “a gap” that existed because music performance students weren’t eligible to earn Ph.Ds.  At that time, over in the so-called “Second World,” Soviet music conservatories kept their focus strictly on performance prowess and graded student achievement by placement earned at competitions.  Still today, those two schools of thought are at odds and there are those who ardently believe that musicians who can, perform, and that those who cannot, earn doctorates.  Lucky for us, Arsentiy, who earned the degrees and won the competitions in both worlds, comes on the show to explain it all.  Arsentiy will be joined by a roundtable of three experts who excelled in the Soviet system and became tenured faculty in the Western system: Julia Bushkova, Professor of Violin at the University of North Texas, Dr. Laszlo Marosi, former Professor of Conducting at the University of Central Florida, and Zsolt Nagy, Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Paris Conservatoire.

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