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Archipel Ose! Academy 2017

Archipel Ose! Academy 2017

International symphonic orchestra academy for young composers

In a few words



The Academy

The exceptional nature of this composition academy, organised for the first time by Archipel and Ose ! Symphonic Orchestra, stems from the training offered to young composers (an orchestra of 65 musicians), rehearsal time granted to them (2 tutti, 2 partials max if needed, dress rehearsal and concert for each student - well beyond what they will encounter during the course of their symphonic career), and, above all, the quality and reputation of the supervision: Kaija Saariaho, super-star of Finnish music whose orchestral works and operas are performed on the most prestigious venues, and Daniel Kawka, founder-conductor of the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain and Ose ! Symphonic Orchestra, a frequent guest at Archipel and experienced in the training of young artists.

The six interns selected on the basis of the application in February 2017, will write a short piece for orchestra that will be rehearsed then premiered in concert at the end of a 7-day Academy taking place successively in Lyon (March 20-22), Annemasse (March 23-25) and Geneva (March 26: public reading and concert).

The host institutions


Archipel Festival

Founded in 1992 at the request of the City of Geneva, Archipel is the main festival in Switzerland entirely devoted to today's music. The Archipel festival takes place every year in spring and lasts ten days.

Archipel has invited the greatest composers of our time (Benjamin, Berio, Carter, Ferneyhough, Harvey, Huber, Kagel, Kurtág, Ligeti, Rihm, Stockhausen…), giving rise to numerous premieres, and contributing in making these great musical works of the 20th and 21st centuries heard. With equally high standards, it is also interested in all forms of musical creation: stage and multimedia works, improvisation, electro-acoustic music, sound installations, chamber and symphonic works.

Since 2007, Archipel has invested in the training and discovery of young artists by organizing numerous academies of composition or interpretation with Swiss universities or on its own initiative.

Ose ! Symphonic Orchestra

Founded in 2013 by the conductor Daniel Kawka, Ose ! offers to musicians and associated artists a unique artistic and human experience around the ideas of invention and creativity. Its renewed and lively vision of symphonic music and its concert touring policy foster the meeting between varied publics and make access to musical works and musical emotions easier.

 In 2014 Ose ! organized its first concert tour dedicated to works of Gustav Mahler with singer Vincent le Texier. The tour went through prestigious concert hall such as Montreux and Aix en Provence. In 2015 recording of Maurice Ravels piano concertos with Vincent Larderet was widely acclaimed by international critics and received eight international awards. The following season Ose ! took part in various prestigious events such as the Nuits de la Citadelle Festival, the 50th anniversary of the Chaise Dieu Festival, the celebration of Gilbert Amy’s 80th birthday during the Berlioz Festival… It played with famous soloists such as Emmanuelle Bertrand, Roger Muraro, and Vincent Larderet.

In 2017 together with Archipel Festival, Ose ! will create the Archipel Ose ! Academy dedicated to young international composers.

Conditions for participation in the Archipel Ose ! Academy



Application requirements

All the material must be sent in digital format on the Ulysses-network platform and the application must contain :




The course fee of 300 € covers the following:

Meals and drinks are not included.

You must also pay the subscription fees to the Archipel and Ose! associations (2 x 50 €).

Selected composers

The selection process wil take no more than 10 days after deadline (February 1st, 2017). Then the six selected composers will have to send an orchestral piece of no more than 10' for rehearsal during the Academy.

This piece can be a new or an existing work and must be written for the following musicians :

No piano - No electronics

We will not accept concertant pieces, or pieces with electronics. All the works will be conducted.

The parts will be provided by the composers in a PDF file before the beginning of March 2017 for orchestral and conducting preparation. Printed scores and parts will then be realized by the composers for the course itself and brought by them in Lyon.

Archipel and Ose ! will decide the choice of the program for the last concert.


Each student will have 2 tutti, 2 partials max if needed, and a dress rehearsal before the concert. Plus teaching by Daniel Kawka and private meetings with Kaija Saariaho.

In March


Archipel Ose! Academy is supported by the City of Geneva, Pro Helvetia, Suisa Foundation, Loterie Romande, Nestlé pour l'Art, Art Mentor Lucerne, Biennale Musiques en Scène - Lyon, City of Annemasse, Annemasse Conservatory.

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