2023 SYMPHONIC SESSION

July 7 — 24, 2023
Concert de l'Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée, session symphonique - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2022 - Grand Théâtre de Provence
© Vincent Beaume

Session open to the finest young classical musicians coming from conservatories, academies, universities and higher music institutes of the Mediterranean basin.

The symphonic session of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO) is designed to future professional classical musicians from the Mediterranean. This training session offers an intercultural experience of the orchestra life in rehearsals, concert and on tour within the stimulating frame of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. It provides a high-level musical training where young musicians can benefit from the coaching of experimented artists while working some symphonic repertoire's masterpieces under the baton of young and talented conductor Duncan Ward, nominated as Musical Director since 2020. The pedagogical coaching of this session is also entrusted to musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra. Every year, almost 600 musicians apply to one of our audition organized in about twenty cities of the Mediterranean where some 100 young talents are selected.

DATES

From 7 to 24 July 2023
then, from 11 to 18 February 2024

MENTORS

Musical Director Duncan Ward

Associate Conductor — Quentin Hindley
Pedagogical coaching
London Symphony Orchestra

MUSICAL PROGRAMME

Betsy Jolas A Little Summer Suite
Jacques Ibert Escales
MYO – Medinea Session Collective Creation
Gamal Abdel Rahim Variations on an Egyptian Folktune
Camille Saint-Saëns Concerto n°1 pour violoncelle Cello: Camille Thomas
Maurice Ravel La Valse

ANNUAL AUDITIONS

The MYO usually holds annual auditions in about twenty cities of the Mediterranean with the support of different partners leading national youth orchestras. It selects the finest classical musicians of the Mediterranean basin who are destined to work in orchestra.

AUDITIONS AND RECRUITMENTS ORGANISED IN PARTERSHIP WITH

ALBANIA University of Arts of Tirana - Art AcademyALGERIA National Higher Institute of Music in Algiers (INSM)BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Sarajevo Music Academy CYPRUS Cyprus Youth Symphony OrchestraCROATIA Zagreb Academy of Music EGYPT Cairo ConservatoryFRANCE Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence, IESM Europe et Méditerranée, Pierre Barbizet Conservatory of Marseille, Conservatory of Grand Avignon, Pierre Cochereau Conservatory of Nice, CNSMDPGREECE National Conservatory of AthensITALY Milan ConservatoryLEBANON Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut, Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of musicMONACO Music Academy Rainier IIIMOROCCO National Conservatory of Music and Choreographic Art of Rabat (CNMAC)PALESTINE Palestine Youth Orchestra (Edward Saïd Conservatory) PORTUGAL Lisbon Higher School of MusicSLOVENIA Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana SPAIN Joven Orquesta Nacional de España TUNISIA Higher Institute of Music of Tunis TURKEY Miam Center for advanced studies in music

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PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

Musicians between 16 and 26 years old (on 31th July 2023), living or from the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

Instruments for the 2023 training session
Violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes (including piccolo), oboes (including English horn), clarinets (including E-flat clarinet and bass clarinet), bassoons (including contrabassoons), French horns, trumpets, trombones (including bass trombone), tubas, piano (and celesta), percussions, harps.

Musical level required
The Mediterranean Youth Orchestra is looking for
very high-level classical musicians, completing their graduate studies in one of the countries of the Mediterranean basin, and destined to become professional musicians. An initial musical experience in orchestra is required.

AUDITION TEST
During the auditions, candidates must present themselves to the jury by having prepared:

The audition will last maximum 15 minutes, including a short interview.
Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in their instrument and in orchestra music (compulsory orchestral extracts).

Help with audition preparation
As part of its Medinea On Air programme, the Medinea Network offers a series of videos in which candidates can find many tips for preparing for their audition.

> FURTHER INFORMATION

FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The MYO covers all the tuition, accommodation, meals and travels fees of the participants of the 2023 symphonic session in France and on tour.
However, the MYO will not cover the costs of the applicants related to auditions.

HELP & INFORMATION
Mathilde Lamy -
mathilde.lamy@festival-aix.com

 

EXCEPTIONAL VIDEO-APPLICATIONS

CONDITIONS
In some specific cases, the MYO will be very pleased to consider a video-application if there is no audition in some applicants’ Mediterranean countries (for example: Syria, Lybia, etc.) and, if the musician has not any possibility of travel and meet the jury in one auditions’ venue. If you are resident of one country which hosts an audition, please note that the MYO will always favor the musicians (of an equivalent level) who made the effort to travel to pass the audition.

HOW TO PROCESS?
To proceed to the video application, please follow these compulsory steps:

  • Complete our registration form online
  • Add your 2 video-links
    • Video recording of the complete orchestral extracts (see the paragraphe AUDITION TEST)
    • Video recording of the piece of your own choosing without piano accompaniment (see the paragraphe AUDITION TEST)

> APPLY ONLINE

APPLICATION DEADLINE — 30th March 2023

DATES AND LOCATIONS OF AUDITIONS, REGISTRATION PROCEDURES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES BY COUNTRY
Information communicated gradually. Log in regularly to find out what auditions are available in your country.
Last update: 22/11/2022

ALBANIA
Further information to come

ALGERIA
Further information to come

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Further information to come

CYPRUS
Recruitment of musicians in cooperation with the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra. Any Cypriot candidate, who is not a member of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, may nevertheless attend auditions in another country or apply online. 

CROATIA
Further information to come

EGYPT
Further information to come

FRANCE  > APPLY ONLINE

Wednesday 7 December 2022 in Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Salle Vinteuil)
APPLICATION DEADLINE — Monday 28 November 2022

Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 January 2023 in Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence
APPLICATION DEADLINE Sunday 1st January 2023

Wednesday 11 January 2023 in Conservatory of Nice
APPLICATION DEADLINE Sunday 1st January 2023

Thursday 12 January 2023 in Pierre Barbizet Conservatory of Marseille
APPLICATION DEADLINE Sunday 1st January 2023

Wednesday 25 January 2023 in Conservatory of Grand Avignon
APPLICATION DEADLINE Tuesday 17 January 2023

Auditions also planned in Marseille, Nice, Toulon: information to come

If any questions, please contact Mathilde Lamy - mathilde.lamy@festival-aix.com

GREECE
Further information to come

ITALY  > APPLY ONLINE
Friday 16 December 2022 in Milan Conservatory
APPLICATION DEADLINE — Wednesday 7 December 2022

LEBANON
Further information to come

MONACO
Further information to come

MOROCCO
Friday 18 November 2022 in National Conservatory of Music and Choreographic Art of Rabat
For registration, please contact: Samir Tamim - cnmac.tamim@gmail.com

PALESTINE
Recruitment of musicians in cooperation with the Palestine Youth Orchestra (Edward Said Conservatory). Any Palestinian candidate, who is not a member of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, can nevertheless attend auditions in another country or apply online.

PORTUGAL  > APPLY ONLINE
Further information to come

SLOVENIA
Further information to come

SPAIN
Recruitment of musicians in cooperation with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE). Any Spanish candidate, who is not part of the JONDE, can nevertheless appear at the auditions in another country or apply online. 

TUNISIA
Further information to come

TURKEY
Further information to come