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2020 Chamber music residency
Application shortlisting results: February 2020
The residency is open to established string quartets whose average age does not exceed 30 years old on January 1st, 2020 and to mid-career composers
The Académie’s chamber music residency will provide five string quartets the opportunity to perfect their interpretations of great classical repertoires and to hone their approach to more contemporary language.
Jonathan Brown and Arnau Tomas members of the Cuarteto Casals, which celebrated its twenty-year career last season, will supervise the master classes. They will both share their experience with young instrumentalists, with the complicity of Garth Knox, altist and former member of the Arditti Quartet and of the Ensemble intercontemporain. The Finish composer Kaija Saariaho, a leading figure in today’s musical landscape, takes also center stage at this residency; and Innocence, her new opera, will be making its world premier at the Festival d’Aix in 2020.
As part of the residency, for the very first time, the Académie is organizing a call for scores by young composers. Those individuals whose works are selected will be invited to the Festival d’Aix for the first week of the program. This period of “joint residency” will allow ensembles to interpret a contemporary program while affording composers the chance to have their pieces performed and to work with the musicians.
As this year marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, his repertoire will be taking the place of honor. Young ensembles from the residency will juxtapose contemporary works with Beethoven quartets, thus demonstrating how profoundly this German composer continues to inspire young music writers today.
In addition, the ensembles will benefit from support by the tutor Mark Withers – who offers outreach work to young audiences in order to raise their musical awareness via a creative and participative approach – and by Christiane Louis – an expert in career development, who will address all practical issues an ensemble may face early in their career, such as communication, self-promotion, professional development, and distribution.
Jonathan Brown (viola) and Arnau Tomas (cello) — Cuarteto Casals (string quartet)
Garth Knox — Altist and former member of the Arditti Quartet and of the Ensemble intercontemporain
Kaija Saariaho — Composer
Mark Withers — Artistic and education projects leader at the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery & for the outreach skills sessions of the Festival d'Aix
Christiane Louis — Instructor in artistic entrepreneurship at the Philharmonie de Paris
5 string quartets
Some work sessions (held in English) may be open to the public.
Educational meetings were organised in conjunction with the Festival’s Passerelles services.
The residency give rise to public concerts and events in the framework of Aix en juin, in Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding area.