2020 vocal residency
Residency open to singers and pianists up to 30 years old
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 – and also on lied, Baroque, mélodie and contemporary repertoires.
This residency aims to consolidate singers’ vocal technique and provide young 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 for a second edition to lead this 2020 vocal residency. She is a teacher at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and her tuition methods have set the benchmark for the world of lyrical singing. Renowned vocal coach pianists will work with the pianists participating in the residence.
Moreover, young artists will benefit from in-depth work on dramatic and musical interpretation with the French conductor Raphaël Pichon. This vocal residency ends with a unique concert featuring the participants and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble conducted by Raphaël Pichon, will round off the residency, during the opening weekend of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July, 2020.
Edith Wiens — Vocal professor at the Juilliard School of Music & Artistic director at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie
Raphaël Pichon — Conductor
Emmanuel Olivier and Marcelo Amaral — Vocal coach pianists
Mark Withers — Artistic and education projects leader at the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery & for the outreach skills sessions of the Festival d'Aix
3 vocal coach pianists
The application deadline for this residency has expired. Applications for the Académie’s next training sessions will be made available in the course of 2020. Stay tuned!
Singers: auditions in December 2019; application shortlisting results: the week after the auditions
Pianists: auditions in January 2020; application shortlisting results: after the auditions
• Master classes in vocal development (held in English) by Edith Wiens; some master classes may be open to the public.
• Work on concert programmes, including one with orchestra with Raphaël Pichon
• Concerts at the Festival d'Aix and in the surrounding area
• Last concert with Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under the direction of Raphaël Pichon
• Musical meetings with specific or school-based audiences in conjunction with the Festival’s Passerelles services.