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2019 vocal residency
Every summer, the Académie du Festival d’Aix offers an advanced vocal programme for singers and piano accompanists, based on the Mozartian repertoire – for which the Festival d’Aix has been famous since it began – but also on lieder, French melody and contemporary creations.
This residency aims to consolidate singers’ vocal technique and provide artists with career development tools; a real springboard on the way to their future as performers. Revelling in the incredible sense of emulation that reigns at the heart of the Festival, everyone will be given an introduction to outreach and self-promotion: an essential aspect for any artist at the start of their career. Pride of place will also be given to pianists, who will take an advanced course for piano accompanists and rehearsal coaches with experienced musicians.
The Canadian soprano Edith Wiens has been chosen to lead this singing residency for 2019. She is a teacher at the Juilliard School in New York, and her tuition methods have set the benchmark for the world of lyrical singing. The artistic coordinator Mark Withers along with Christiane Louis, a specialist in career development for musicians, will give these young artists the tools they need to develop their career.
A unique concert featuring the participants and the Ensemble Pygmalion, conducted by Raphaël Pichon, will round off the residency wonderfully, during the opening weekend of the seventy-first Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Edith Wiens | Vocal professor at the Juilliard School of Music | Artistic director at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie
Raphaël Pichon | Conductor | Musical director the Ensemble Pygmalion
Mark Withers | Clarinettist | Artistic and education projects leader at the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery and for the outreach skills workshops
Christiane Louis | Instructor in artistic entrepreneurship at the Philharmonie de Paris
• Master class in vocal development by Edith Wiens
• Working on play development, movement, stage presence, inhabiting the stage
• Advanced work on outreach, in order to be able to sensitise publics to listening and practising music by Mark Withers
• Work on 3 concert programmes, including one with orchestra
In this last concert of the residency, the singers will be accompanied by the Ensemble Pygmalion under the direction of Raphaël Pichon.
Some work sessions (held in English) may be open to the public.
The residency will give rise to public concerts and events in June and in July, in Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding area. Educational meetings will be organised in conjunction with the Festival’s Passerelles services.