June 26 2023 to July 5 2023
Residency open to the finest classical instrumentalists at the beginning of their career

To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2023, the Académie is launching a career development programme for solo instrumentalists wishing to perfect their skills in the art of chamber music repertoire.

Ten musicians at the beginning of their career, selected for their artistic quality but also for their motivation to play in an ensemble, are brought together around the Russian solo pianist and chamber musician, Kirill Gerstein, whose instrumental practice will be revealed through a portrait dedicated to him as part of the Festival d'Aix concert series. Under his direction, the participants will develop their skills in performing a wide repertoire of chamber music ranging from classical to contemporary, in varying numbers. The daily activity of master classes and rehearsals will lead them to perform in several concerts, including a closing concert on 5 July 2023. This concert is the first concert of the Festival concert series, and the stage is shared with the German horn player Stefan Dohr, the American violinist and conductor Alan Gilbert, and Kirill Gerstein himself.

Throughout their stay in Aix, the instrumentalists are asked to work collectively while reflecting on the concert experience as a place for sharing emotions and communion with the audience. In this respect, they are invited to devise short concert programmes for audiences not used to classical concert halls. These programmes will lead to musical encounters conceived in close collaboration with the Festival d'Aix Passerelles department. A body and movement coaching provided by actors and mime artists Jos Houben and Emily Wilson, is completing this work.


Kirill Gerstein — Pianist


Jos Houben & Emily Wilson — Acting and mime coaches
Stefan Dohr — Hornist
Alan Gilbert — Conductor, violinist


— Daily coaching on a chamber music repertoire, led by Kirill Gerstein
— Master classes led by guests major artists, such as Alan Gilbert and Stefan Dohr
— Musical encounters for non-traditional audiences
— Body and movement coaching provided by Jos Houben and Emily Wilson
— Concerts in Aix-en-Provence and its area as part of the Aix en juin programme, prelude of the Festival d'Aix
— A final concert as part of the Festival d'Aix

Some work sessions (held in English) may be open to the public.


The residency is open to finest classical instrumentalists at the beginning of their career:
1 alto, 1 bassoon, 1 clarinet, 1 double bass, 1 horn, 1 oboe, 1 piano, 1 cello, 2 violins


Schumann Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44
Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat Major, Op. 16
Schubert Octet in F-Major, D 803
Ligeti Chamber Concerto for 13 instrumentalists




1. Pre-selection on file :
— Biography / Resume and photos
— 2 sound recording or video (including a piece written after 1950)

2. Final selection on interview


Kirill Gerstein, pianist
Paul Briottet, deputy director of the Académie and the Programmation des concerts du Festival d'Aix




— Participation in the residency is governed by a training agreement signed between the artist and the Festival.
— For the final concert, the artists each sign a contract for a remuneration of 300€ (gross salary).
— Expenses related to the mentoring activities, accommodation, travel* and lunch are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Breakfast and evening meals are the responsibility of the artists.

* Reimbursements of travel fees are made on proof of purchase of a 2nd class return plane or train ticket between the artist’s town/city of residence and Aix/Marseille. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)