"She is passionate and exciting,” that is the way Véronique’s students and her performance audiences usually describe her.
Veronique has twenty years of teaching experience in conservatories in Switzerland. She also founded and successfully ran a piano school in the United States.
She offers a program tailored to the needs of pianist pupils. The program brings an innovative and personalized approach to piano instruction. Many of Véronique’s students have won prizes in competitions, performed as soloists with orchestras, given concerts, and some have even pursued professional careers in music. Many have received honors and special prizes at the conservatory.
Véronique loves to meet the public and she presents solo piano recitals approximately ten times a year. She regularly expands with the most prestigious piano masterpieces her repertoire, ranging from baroque to contemporary, from François Couperin to György Ligeti.
This Neuchâtel concert artist has recorded three albums to date: the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach (published in 2016), the complete 24 Etudes by Frédéric Chopin, and L'Histoire de Babar by Francis Poulenc (based on a text by Jean de Brunnhof). The latter is a CD especially for children, with an original additional educational part.
Véronique Gobet plays:
Johannes Sebastian Bach
Variations Goldberg (1741)
Véronique received diplomas in both piano and music theory teaching at the Neuchâtel Conservatory. She then studied at the Musikakademie in Basel, in the piano class of Rolf Mäser and in the chamber music class of Gérard Wyss, before obtaining a master’s degree. Since then, she continues to develop her artistry through personal study and also by benefitting from the advice of other pianists such as Miguel Angel Estrella, Alberto Neuman, Elizabeth Sombart, and Brian Ganz.
At the Neuchâtel Conservatory, Véronique taught piano, music theory, and chamber music, from beginners to professional level. At the Haute Ecole de Genève, she taught piano pedagogy, was in charge of the training, both practical and theoretical, of future piano instructors, which led her to greatly ponder the art of piano instruction.
Véronique has also served as an expert evaluator on annual exams at the Geneva conservatory and gave lectures on music instruction. At the Neuchâtel Conservatory, Véronique was also charged with various responsibilities: she served as instructor for especially gifted children and teenagers and was a representative for piano teachers. She organized significant projects for the conservatory, such as chamber music day camps, masters classes, commissions of contemporary composers’ works, and orchestral concerts.
Veronique has had the opportunity to live in the United States from 2013 to 2017. She has given many concerts and has taught in several languages, while continuing to provide advice to students in Switzerland via Skype. Every summer, she also gives intensive courses for pianists. The encouraging and dynamic pedagogy practiced in the United States has especially reinforced her concept of teaching – enthusiastic, positive, and innovative.