Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée - Session symphonique - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017

2018 Symphonic session

July 10 2018 to July 28 2018
An open program to the finest young classical musicians coming from conservatoires, 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 basin. This training session offers an intercultural experience of the orchestra life in rehearsals, concerts and on tour within the stimulating frame of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. The symphonic session of the MYO provides a high-level musical training where young musicians can benefit from the coaching of experimented artists of the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra while working some repertoire's symphonic masterpieces under the baton of renowned conductors, such as Kazushi Ono in 2018.

Every year, almost 600 musicians apply to one of our auditions organized in twenty countries of the Mediterranean and some 100 young talents are selected to participate in one of the MYO's sessions.



Dates : from 10 to 28 July 2018 (travels on the 9 and 29 July 2018)

Conductor : Kazushi Ono
Pedagogical coaching : London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)


Samy Moussa Nocturne
Claude Debussy Iberia, Images for Orchestra n°2
Maurice Ravel Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose), Suite for Orchestra
Claude Debussy La Mer (The Sea), three symphonic sketches for orchestra


AIX-EN-PROVENCE • Grand Théâtre de Provence, 22 July 2018 - 05:00 pm
(Tour dates under construction)



The Mediterranean Youth Orchestra select classical musicians through annual auditions in 20 or so cities in the Mediterranean with the support of partners leading national youth orchestras.


In France
Darius Milhaud Conservatoire of Aix-en-Provence • Conservatoire of Grand Avignon • Pierre Barbizet Conservatoire of Marseille • Pierre Cochereau Conservatoire of Nice • Conservatoire of Toulon Provence Méditerranée

Higher Institute of Music - Europe and the Mediterranean (IESM)

In the Mediterranean
ALBANIA University of Arts of Tirana - Art Academy • ALGERIA National Higher Institute of Music in Algiers (INSM) • CROATIA Zagreb Academy of Music • EGYPT Cairo National Higher Conservatoire of music • GREECE National Conservatoire of Athens / State Conservatoire of ThessalonikiUniversity of Macedonia - Department of Music science & Art • ITALY Milan Conservatoire • LEBANON Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut / Lebanese National Higher Conservatoire of music • MALTA ARC Research and Consultancy • MOROCCO Rabat National Conservatory of Music and Dance • MONACO Prince Rainier III Academy • PORTUGAL Lisbon Higher School of Music • SLOVENIA Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana • TUNISIA Higher Institute of Music of Tunis / Higher Institute of Music of Sfax

Recruitment in cooperation with different national youth orchestras
Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra • CYPRUS
Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) • SPAIN
Palestine Youth Orchestra / Edward Said National Conservatory of Music • PALESTINE
Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra • TURKEY

The musicians who apply to the symphonic session should (preferably) be students in a higher music institute of the PACA area in France or in a Mediterranean country in 2017-2018.
Musicians who began their musical training in the Mediterranean but continue to practice elsewhere may still apply.

Age of the applicants: 18 to 26 years old

Countries of the applicants: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

Instruments for the 2018 training session
Violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes (piccolo, alto flute), oboes (English horn), clarinets (E-flat clarinet and bass clarinet), bassoons (contrabassoons), French horns, trumpets, trombones (bass trombone), tubas, percussions, harps

Level required
♦  A very good instrumental level
♦  Career-oriented higher studies in music
♦  A first orchestra experience will be appreciated.
♦  During the session, the training will be conducted in English.

During the audition, the candidate has to play:
► The compulsory orchestral extracts (to play without any musical accompaniment, no piano, etc.)
Musical parts of the extracts can be downloaded here
► A piece of her/his own choosing (no accompaniment, no piano, etc.)
The audition of each musician will last maximum 15 minutes, including a short interview in English or French (depending on the language's choice of the musician).

AUDITION'S SCHEDULE (under construction)
Sunday 26 November 2017: La Valette, MALTE
Monday 8 January 2018Rabat National Conservatory of Music and Dance • MOROCCO ⇒ Applications directly with the Institute
Thursday 11 January 2018: Conservatoire of Toulon Provence Méditerranée • FRANCE
Monday 15 January 2018:
Darius Milhaud Conservatoire of Aix-en-Provence • FRANCE
Tuesday 16 January 2018:
Pierre Barbizet Conservatoire of Marseille • FRANCE
Wednesday 17 January 2018:
Conservatoire of Grand Avignon • FRANCE
Tuesday 18 January 2018: Prince Rainier III Academy • MONACO
Friday 19 January 2018:
Pierre Cochereau Conservatoire of Nice • FRANCE
Sunday 21 January 2018:
National Higher Institute of Music in Algiers (INSM) • ALGERIA
Applications directly with the Institute
Tuesday 23 January 2018: Zagreb Academy of Music • CROATIA 
Applications directly with the Academy
Wednesday 24 January 2018: Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana • SLOVENIA ⇒ Applications directly with the Academy
Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd February 2018:
Giuseppe Verdi Milan Conservatoire • ITALY
Thursday 15 & Friday 16 February 2018:
Lisbon Higher School of Music • PORTUGAL
Monday 19 February 2018: Higher Institute of Music of Tunis • TUNISIA ⇒ Applications directly with the Institute
Friday 23 February 2018 : National Conservatoire of Athens • GREECE ⇒ Applications directly with the Conservatoire
Saturday 24 February 2018University of Macedonia - Department of Music science & Art • Thessaloniki, GREECE
⇒ Applications directly with the University
Monday 15 March 2018: University of Arts of Tirana - Art Academy • ALBANIA ⇒ Applications directly with the Academy
Friday 23 March 2018 : Lebanese National Higher Conservatoire of music / Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut • Beirut, LEBANON ⇒ Applications directly with the Institutes

Online application
The applicants who want to apply for auditions in France, Monaco, Italy or Portugal must imperatively apply online.


Applications directly with the partner for the audition
For other countries, applicants must apply through the participating higher conservatories of music, music academies or universities which are our partners for the auditions organization, please contact directly our partners (see the list above).

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 (Syria, Libya, etc) and if the musician has any possibility to 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 who made the effort to travel to audition.

To proceed to the video-application, follow these compulsory steps:
► Complete the registration form online
► Add your 2 video links:
- one video recording of the complete orchestral extracts (see the paragraphe Audition test)
- one video recording of the piece of your own choosing with no accompaniement, no piano, etc.

The MYO will not cover the costs of the applicants related to auditions.
The MYO covers all the tuition, accommodation, meals and travels fees of the participants of the 2018 symphonic session in France and on tour.

HELP & INFORMATIONS :  ojm@festival-aix.com


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