Voix Nouvelles Academy 2019 - Composers

August 26 - September 8, 2019


Submission period

Wed Jan 16 at 10:20 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sun Mar 24 at 10:55 PM UTC

Results date

Sun Apr 7 at 3 PM UTC


The Voix Nouvelles Academy is open to composers and performers wishing to hone their skills in the interpretation of the contemporary repertory.

For composers, it recreates the complete process of creation of a new work, in professional conditions: commission, composition, rehearsals, concert, under the supervision of internationally renowned tutors belonging to different aesthetics. It calls on the leading ensembles to rehearse and perform the works and to advise and interact with the composers.

The performers will benefit from the advice of the expert musicians of the guest ensembles in individual classes rehearsing chamber or solo repertory. They will make up an ensemble that will rehearse and perform in concert emblematic works from the contemporary literature as well as some of the work produced by the composers of the workshop.

In its duration and its exceptional working conditions, the academy constitutes a unique forum for exchanges between composers, performers and thinkers. Several specialists in the domains of management, musical production economics, author rights, the record industry, radio and journalism will also be invited.



After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize in Composition. In 2002–2003 he was in the IRCAM ‘cursus’ for computer music and composition, taught by Philippe Leroux, Brian Ferneyhough, Tristan Murail, and Philippe Manoury. He also studied with Helmut Lachenmann at Centre Acanthes in 1999 and at the Ensemble Modern Academy in 2004.
He was a Rome Prize Fellow at the Villa Medicis from April 2006 to April 2008. Since September 2008 he has been Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of California-Berkeley. "



Simon Steen-Andersen is a Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works from the last decade concentrates on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions."

LES METABOLES, 16 voices Choir

Created in 2010 by Léo Warynski, Les Métaboles brings together young professional singers specializing in the repertoire for a cappella choirs of the 20th and 21st centuries.
A versatile ensemble, Les Métaboles have originated many commissions and creations since their beginnings. Baroque music is also part of their repertoire and they excel in Haendel’s Dixit Dominus or Bach’s Motets.
Les Métaboles are regularly invited to take part in prestigious festivals in France and in Europe (festival Musica in Strasbourg, festival de Musique ancienne in Ribeauvillé, Musicales de Normandie in Rouen, Saison Musicale de Royaumont, In Sacris in Sofia).
Les Métaboles boast original productions, such as olfactory concerts, combining music with the work of the perfumer Quentin Bisch. Furthermore, the choir has already collaborated with the orchestra Les Siècles under the direction of François-Xavier Roth, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
The ensemble Les Métaboles receives support from the Fondation Orange, the Sacem and the Spedidam for all its activities.
Great patrons of the ensemble: Mécénat Musical Société Générale and the Caisse des Dépôts.

In 2018, Les Métaboles were awarded the Prix Liliane Bettancourt for choral singing, bestowed in partnership with the Académie des beaux-arts.
Les Métaboles are in residency at Royaumont (2018-2021)


“Precise, sensitive and audacious”, are words used to describe Léo Warynski’s conducting. Open-minded and versatile, he directs all repertoires with the same enthusiasm, with a taste for the opera, the symphonic repertoire and the contemporary repertoire.
Léo Warynski trained as an orchestra conductor with François-Xavier Roth (CNSMD of Paris). He was rapidly sought out to work with different ensembles such as the Orchestre des Lauréats du CNSMDP, the Modern and Remix ensembles, the orchestra of the WDR of Cologne.
In 2016, he successfully directed the opera Mirida by Ahmed Essyad at the Opéra national du Rhin, made his debut leading the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the following year headed the Orchestre de l’opéra de Rouen and the National symphonic orchestra of Colombia.
During the 2018 season, he is directing, among others, the orchestre de Normandie, the orchestre de l’opéra de Rouen, the creation of the opera Papillon Noir by Yann Robin at La Criée de Marcheille and of the opera Seven Stones by Ondrej Adamek at the festival d’Aix en Provence, and the French premiere of 200 Motels by Franck Zappa with the orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg at the festival Musica and at the Philharmonie de Paris.
Léo Warynski is the artistic director of the vocal ensemble Les Métaboles that he founded in 2010. Furthermore, in 2014, he was named music director of the ensemble Multilatérale, an instrumental ensemble dedicated to creation.


The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing works of contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's beginnings in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers representing multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. They have appeared on prestigious series such as the New York Phil Biennial, Wien Modern (Austria), the Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), Asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf, Germany), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Shanghai New Music Week (Shanghai, China), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), Música de Agora na Bahia (Brazil), Aldeburgh Music (UK), and Lo Spririto della musica di Venezia (La Fenice Theater, Italy). Mivos is invested in commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet, striving to work closely with composers over extended periods of time; recently Mivos has collaborated on new works with Sam Pluta (Lucerne Festival Commission), Dan Blake (Jerome Commission), Mark Barden (Wien Modern Festival Commission), Richard Carrick (Fromm Commission), George Lewis (ECLAT Festival Commission), Eric Wubbels (CMA Commission), Kate Soper, Scott Wollschleger, Patrick Higgins (ZS), and poet/musician Saul Williams. Every year, the quartet additionally awards the Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize, established to support the work of emerging and mid-career composers, and the I-Creation prize, a competition for composers of Chinese descent. Beyond expanding the string quartet repertoire, Mivos is also committed to working with guest artists, exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics, and performing improvised music. In addition to collaborations with the aforementioned Blake and Williams, this has led to performances with artists such as Ned Rothenberg, Chris Speed, Timucin Sahin, and Nate Wooley.

FLORENTIN GINOT, double bass

Member of Ensemble Musikfabrik (Köln) since 2015, Florentin Ginot graduated from the Paris Conservatory. He is supported by the musical sponsorship of the Banque Populaire Foundation for his projects and recorded a solo CD in 2015 for the « Young Soloist » collection of the Meyer Foundation.
He is dedicated to creation and invention of scenic forms, and works with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Rebecca Saunders, as well as with dance, theater and contemporary circus by leading multi-disciplinary projects in his company founded in 2017, HowNow.
His solo Not Here will be presented in 2018 at the Kölner Philharmonie, Manifeste Festival (Paris) and Venice Biennale.



Fourteen composers born after 1 January 1986



- Individual classes (two per tutor, i.e. four in all)

- Collective classes (two per tutor, i.e. four in all)

- Presentation by each participant of his/her own work

- Presentation of specific instrumental techniques by the instrumentalists and singers of the ensembles

- Rehearsals in the form of workshops

- Concerts presenting the final state of the works (concerts will be recorded)


This workshop relates solely to the creation of new works written for the occasion. At least half the work must be sent by 1 July. The scores will then be completed during the session under the supervision of the tutors.


- formation 1 : tutti 16 voices (SATB)
- formation 2 : string quartet
- formation 3 : double bass solo
- formation 4 : tutti 16 voices + double bass
- formation 5 : tutti 16 voices + string quartet
- formation 6 : vocal quartet (soloist)
- formation 7 : string quartet + double bass
- formation 8 : vocal quartet + string quartet
- formation 9 : double vocal quartet (2S, 2T, 2T, 2B)



A. Composers:


CV (résumé)*,

letter of application* : motivation to participate, short ideas about the project including the three preferred instrumentations (among formations 1 to 9, see above),


Three recent scores*, two of them at least with their recordings*




recruitment on dossier




For composers - from 26 August to 8 September 2019
14 days of training



Composers I: Fenêtre sur cour(s) 7 September
Composers II: Fenêtre sur cour(s) 8 September


Tuitions charges : more information on www.royaumont.com/en/voix-nouvelles-academy-2019