composition academy

Philippe ManouryFestival Musica

sept. 19 / oct. 1st 2016

strasbourg / france
composition academy Philippe ManouryFestival Musica

Organized by the Musica festival
In partnership with Strasbourg Conservatoire, the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR), Strasbourg University, and Labex Gream

Philippe Manoury, artistic and pedagogical director
Philippe Manoury and Alberto Posadas, composition tutors

The musicians:
Quatuor Diotima
Sarah Maria Sun, soprano
Daniel Ciampolini and Minh-Tâm Nguyen, percussion
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Jean-François Heisser, piano

The selected composers for 2016 are :

Francisco Alvarado (Chile / Spain) - 1984
Pedro Berardinelli (Portugal) - 1985
Daphné Hejebri (France) - 1994
Sebastian Andrei Androne (Romania) - 1989
Nuno Costa (Portugal) - 1986
Caspar De Gelmini (Germany) - 1984
Clara Olivares (France) - 1993
Giovanni Santini (Italy) - 1986
Gabriele Cosmi (Italy) - 1988
Georgia Koumara (Greece) - 1991

Musica is a prestigious European music festival created in 1983. Every autumn, in Strasbourg, Musica presents works that revolutionized 20th century music, and confronts them with works of today by both emerging and established composers. The festival draws a broad audience, always keen to explore contemporary art-forms from a variety of aesthetic and geographical backgrounds.

In order to involve young composers in this exciting musical voyage of discovery, Musica has created a composition academy, part of which will take place during the festival. This academy is the outcome of the shared endeavours of Strasbourg Conservatoire, Strasbourg higher music academy-HEAR and Strasbourg University in the field of the aesthetics of musical composition.

The aim of the academy is to provide selected young composers with the time and opportunity to explore and experiment with musical creation in a concrete way, through all stages of the creative process. A musical project will be outlined, then given shape; two internationally renowned tutors will provide coaching throughout the composition process. The score will be tried out and rehearsed by professional musicians specializing in contemporary forms. All the works devised during the academy will be performed (and recorded live) in the course of two concerts at the end of the festival. All these aspects are essential in the elaboration of a piece, and yet such ideal conditions are seldom all met even for professional musicians.

As the academy is an integral part of the Musica festival, participants will be able to immerse themselves in a creative environment and to meet European music professionals (including performers, programmers, composers, publishers, etc).

The aim of this project is to foster emerging composers by providing them with an opportunity to enrich their creativity and talent with the knowledge and dedication of a team of expert tutors. This will help them hone their skills, and provide a valuable stepping-stone for their future career.

Jean-Dominique Marco
Director of the Musica festival

An international composition academy

When I was a young composer, during the 1970s, I had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with Stockhausen, Berio, Kagel, Donatoni, Ligeti and Xenakis at festivals like Royan, La Rochelle and Metz; I was able to make contact with the great creative artists of the period. Being close to these diverse and memorable figures, I was able to grasp the major artistic issues of the time.

By creating an academy within Musica, I wanted to enable young composers to immerse themselves in the new works of the festival, to meet the composers of today as well as the best performers. The interaction between the festival and the academy is a context that will help them better outline their future career path.

An international dynamic at the heart of Europe fuelled by Musica

This international academy is located in the European capital of Strasbourg, within the hub of contemporary creation that is Musica; and as such, it draws on - and amplifies - an international dynamic very much focused on new generations. The academy is a forum for exchanges of views and public meetings, which further enrich the festival’s programme.

A collaborative course with professional musicians

During the two weeks of the course, the participants and their two tutors will divide their time between individual and group tuition, both theoretical and practical. Course participants have free access to all festival events; and some tutoring sessions will be open to the public. This will enable audiences to follow the creative process all the way to its culmination in the form of a concert, thereby strengthening interactions within the festival.

During the 2016 academy, composition projects will focus on two types of ensemble: a string quartet, and a quartet with two pianos and two percussionists; a soprano will also be present. I will be pleased to welcome composer Alberto Posadas, one of the major composers of his generation, as well as internationally renowned performers: Quatuor Diotima, soprano Sarah Maria Sun, pianists Jean-François Heisser and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, and percussionists Daniel Ciampolini (former soloist of the Ensemble intercontemporain) and Minh-Tâm Nguyen (member of Percussions de Strasbourg).

Philippe Manoury
Artistic and pedagogical director

Musica festival / Composition academy

Adélaïde Rauber (33) 03 88 23 46 42

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67065 Strasbourg cedex

Alberto Posadas at the festival Musica - Philippe Manoury academy

Francisco Alvarado - Laureates 2016 © Guillaume Chauvin

Laureates 2016 © Guillaume Chauvin

Jean-Dominique Marco, director of the festival Musica and Philippe Manoury, composer. ©Guillaume Chauvin