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Archipel Ose! Academy 2017

International symphonic orchestra academy for young composers

Nov. 23, 2016 - Feb. 6, 2017
Organized by Archipel

In a few words

 

  • Academy of symphonic writing for young composers, directed by Kaija Saariaho and Daniel Kawka conducting an orchestra of 65 musicians.
  • From March 20th to 26th, 2017, seven day workshop, meeting, rehearsals and concert in Lyon, Annemasse (France) and Geneva (Switzerland).
  • Application deadline February 1st, 2017 - postponed to February 6th, 2017.
  • Open to composers born from January 1st, 1985 onwards (32 years old in 2017 or younger).
  • Application must be done on the Ulysses-network platform

 

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

 

  • Open to young composers born from January 1st, 1985 onwards (32 years old or younger).
  • Candidate selection will be made by Archipel Festival and Ose ! Symphonic Orchestra based on the applications.
  • Course languages : English and French.
  • The course is limited to 6 participants.

 

Application requirements


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

  • A letter of interest in French or English
  • A detailed CV French/English
  • A short biography (1000 characters max.)
  • A royalty free photo for web publication

 

  • 3 scores per candidate, no more, with at least one orchestral score.
  • It is not mandatory but highly recommended to send recordings of the scores, if they exist.
  • Scores must have graphic realization and interpretation guidelines in international standard.

 

Fees


The course fee of 300 € covers the following:

  • All master class courses, rehearsals and concert
  • Accomodation in hotel or appartment in Lyon (4 nights), Annemasse and Geneva (3 nights)
  • Travel between Lyon, Annemasse and Geneva during the course


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 :

  • Woodwinds and brass instruments: 2.2.2.2 - 4.3.3.1 = 19 instruments
    • 2nd flute plays also piccolo
    • 2nd oboe plays also English horn
    • 2nd clarinet plays also bass clarinet
  • Percussions: timpani + 2 percussionnists (a list of percussions will be sent)
  • 1 harp
  • 12 1st Violins - 10 2nd Violins - 8 altos - 8 cellos - 4 doublebasses (1 with 5 strings) = 42 strings


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.

Calendar


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

  • 19, Lyon : arrival of the students in Lyon
  • 20-21-22, morning and afternoon, Lyon : rehearsal of the students pieces (2 tutti + 2 partials per day)
  • 22 evening, Lyon : public presentation of the workshop during the Biennale Musiques en Scène.
  • 23 morning : car to Annemasse (2 hours).
  • 23 afternoon, 24 and 25 morning and afternoon, Annemasse: rehearsal of the students pieces (2 tutti + 2 partials per day)
  • 25, Annemasse: Kaija Saariaho meets the composers for private lessons
  • 26, Geneva
    • 10:30am - 12am : public rehearsal of the selected pieces with presentations by the composers
    • 12am - 1pm : Kaija Saariaho public seminar
    • 2:30pm - 4pm : dress rehearsal
    • 5pm : concert at Alhambra, Geneva during the Archipel festival

Supports


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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Applications for this competition will open on Nov. 23, 2016
Jan. 31, 2017
Archipel Ose! extension

Archipel Ose! Academy

 

Extension of registration dates.

Entries will be closed on Monday 6 February 2017.

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Nov. 23, 2016
First Academy Archipel Ose! for young composers

Le Festival Archipel de Genève et l'Orchestre Symphonique Ose ! sont heureux de vous annoncer l'ouverture des candidatures à la 1ere Académie d'écriture orchestrale Archipel Ose !.

Le caractère exceptionnel de cette académie de composition, organisée pour la première fois par Archipel et l'Orchestre symphonique Ose !, vient de la formation proposée aux jeunes compositeurs (un orchestre de 65 musiciens), du temps de répétition qu'il leur est accordé (deux tutti, deux partielles si nécessaire, générale et concert pour chacun - bien au-delà de ce qu'il auront souvent au cours de leur carrière symphonique), et surtout de la qualité et du renom de l'encadrement : Kaija Saariaho, starissime musicienne finlandaise dont les œuvres orchestrales et les opéras ont été joués sur les scènes les plus prestigieuses, et Daniel Kawka, chef fondateur de l'Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain et de l'Orchestre symphonique Ose !, chef souvent invité au festival Archipel, rompu à la formation des jeunes artistes.

Les six compositeurs sélectionnés sur dossier en février 2017, écrivent une courte pièce d'orchestre qui est répétée puis créée en concert à l'issue d'une académie de sept jours se passant successivement à Lyon (20-22 mars), Annemasse (23-25 mars) et Genève (26 mars : lecture publique et concert).

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).