ULYSSES Ensemble 2019

Young European Musicians


Submission period

Thu Feb 7 at 9:38 AM UTC

End of submission period

Thu Feb 7 at 11:01 PM UTC

Results date

Thu Feb 28 at 3 PM UTC


Jan. 21, 2019


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Inspired by the grand tours of classical musicians travelling through Europe and the goals of training and enriching the practices of young musicians, the ULYSSES Network brings together 13 European institutions for the promotion and professionalization of young composers. With the ULYSSES Ensemble, the ULYSSES Network reached a new peak last year, concentrating its efforts on young performers in the domain of new music. The ULYSSES Ensemble will tour from June through July 2019, visiting several European academies (Snape Maltings, ManiFeste, Fondation Royaumont).
With the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program.

The ULYSSES Ensemble consists of 14 musicians: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 piano, 1 percussion, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass.
3 musicians will join the ensemble to participate in 1 or 2 stops: 1 clarinet (Stops 2 & 3), 1 saxophone (Stop 3), 1 percussion (Stops 2 & 3)

• Applicants must be born after January 1, 1987
• Applicants must reside in Europe (no travel fees outside Europe can be reimbursed)
• Applicants must be able to speak and understand English
• APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR THE ENSEMBLE MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL STOPS. EVERY TIME, MUSICIANS ARRIVE THE DAY BEFORE AND DEPART THE DAY AFTER. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted. No absences during these periods are permitted.
• Travel fees incurred within Europe, housing expenses (double or triple room depending on the stop), and meals (restaurant, catering, or perdiems depending on the stop) will be paid for applicants selected for the ensemble
• Applicants selected for the ensemble have no registration fees to pay




Stop 1 – Snape Maltings
Monday, June 10 — Friday, June 14, 2019
Aldeburgh (United Kingdom)
Educational Advisor: Geoffrey Paterson (conductor)
The ULYSSES Ensemble will have a residency to prepare a programme of contemporary repertoire for a performance in the Aldeburgh Festival.

. Oliver Knussen, Coursing, for mix chamber music (1979)
. Benjamin Britten, Sinfonietta, for 10 instruments (1932)
Caterina di Cecca, new work (2019) WORLD PREMIERE Aldeburgh Festival Commission
. Colin Matthews, Sun’s Dance, for 10 players (1985)
. Tansy Davies, Inside Out II, for chamber ensemble of 7 players (2003)
. Harrison Birtwistle, Secret Theatre, for chamber ensemble (1984)

Stop 2 – ManiFeste-2019
Monday, June 17 — Saturday, June 22, 2019
Paris (France)
Educational Advisor: Matthias Pintscher (conductor), musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain
German conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher will lead a master class for the ULYSSES Ensemble with the complicity of the soloists from the Ensemble intercontemporain who will advise the young musicians and perform works with them. First day will be dedicated to personal work and section rehearsals with musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain.
. Florent Caron Darras, Sentinelle nord for 21 musicians and electronics (2017)
. Stefano Gervasoni, Su un arco di bianco, for flute, violin and ensemble (1991)
. Magnus Lindberg, Joy, for ensemble and electronics (1989-1990)
. Matthias Pintscher, Verzeichnete Spur for double bass, 3 cellos, ensemble and electronics (2005)

Stop 3 – Fondation Royaumont
Monday, July 8 — Saturday, July 13, 2019
Abbaye de Royaumont (France)
Educational Advisor: Jean-Philippe Wurtz (conductor)
The final stop in the ULYSSES Ensemble 2019 journey will take place at the Royaumont Foundation in France. Here the ensemble will work on a range of works from the contemporary repertoire including Stefano Gervasoni piece 's Su un arco di bianco, a work the ensemble has already seen and performed during Stop 2, and a new commission by the young composer Sunyeong Pak (Voix Nouvelles 2018 Laureate). French conductor Jean-Phillipe Wurtz will conduct the ensemble through a week of rehearsals culminating in a public presentation on Saturday, July 13.
. Francesco Filidei, Ballata 3, for piano and ensemble (2013)
. Stefano Gervasoni, Su un arco di bianco, for flute, violin and ensemble (1991)
. Philippe Hurel, Pour l’image, for ensemble (1985-1986)
. Sunyeong Pak, new work for ensemble (2019) WORLD PREMIERE Commission by Royaumont Foundation.




You must submit 3 audio (mp3) or video (mp4) files (no more than 100MB=12,5Mo) and PDF SCORES
- One file must be a video you briefly introduce yourself and perform a 20th or 21st century solo work for your instrument (the introduction and the performance may be recorded separately and then combined in the same file)
- One file must be an audio file or a video you perform a solo "classical music" work (before 20th century) for your instrument. For instruments that do not include such a repertoire, please submit a solo or soloist work of your choice, preferably a second contemporary solo or soloist piece from different type)
- One file must be an audio or video file of your choice

Other documents to submit IN ENGLISH:
- Short biography
- CV
- Cover Letter where you explain your motivation for joining the ULYSSES ensemble and different stops
- Headshot picture, that will be used for access badge
- ID or Passport
Do not forget to read carefully Consent and Release Form to be accepted.

For any request, please contact academy @ ircam.fr / For technical assistance, please contact technical.assistance @ ulysses-network.eu


Jury's selection is irrevocable.

Applicants will receive a personal answer by email within the end of February 2019.

Photo: Atelier de composition et master class d'interprétation pour orchestre with the ULYSSES Ensemble, ManiFeste The Academy, 2018 edition.
Credit: Ircam, Quentin Chevrier