Organized by the Musica festival
In partnership with Strasbourg Conservatoire, the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR), Strasbourg University, and Labex Gream
Artistic and pedagogical coordinator, Daniel D’Adamo
Composition tutors, Daniel D’Adamo, Philippe Hurel
Conductor, Jean Deroyer
Director of the Musica festival
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 these aspects are essential in the elaboration of a piece, and yet such ideal conditions are seldom all met even for professional musicians.
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. The winner will receive a commission from the Musica festival.
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.
Artistic and pedagogical coordinator of the 2017 Academy
The Philippe Manoury – Musica Festival composition academy has a twofold aim. First, to give ten young student or emerging composers the opportunity of creating works that will be premiered by respected performers specializing in 21st century repertoire. Second, to give them a chance to perfect their work with two tutors, Philippe Hurel and myself, who will advise them in the final stages of composition. This tutoring phase goes hand in hand with masterclasses designed to shed light on the types of pieces they will be working on.
Two nationally and internationally active French ensembles will work alongside the ten young composers for the duration of the course. Conducted ensemble Court-circuit will perform five concerti for solo instrument and ensemble, while chamber ensemble L’Instant Donné will premiere five quintets for clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano.
This academy, which takes place within a major new music festival with a strong focus on creation, is a unique opportunity for young composers to discover, explore and measure themselves against several facets of contemporary musical production. But it is also an opportunity for reflecting on the creative process, for questioning available musical resources, one’s received musical and auditory heritage, and one’s aesthetic choices. The academy is an auspicious forum for participants to critically assess their own compositions, with the aim of honing their skills as well as providing food for thought about their future works.
Artistic and pedagogical director
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.
Composition academy Philippe Manoury - Musica festival
Adélaïde Rauber (33) 03 88 23 46 42
1 Place Dauphine
67065 Strasbourg cedex