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Summer Session 2019

The music program is for advanced students ages 18-30, but particularly those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate music school programs. The program includes performing opportunities including recitals and concerts. A special collaboration with the Fine Arts students, performed at the end of the summer session, celebrates the unique combination of the two schools.

To learn more about the history of the Conservatoire Américain, visit the About page.

Dates and Basic Information

  • The summer session runs July 5 - Aug 4, 2019.  Students arrive in Paris on Friday, July 5 and have 2 days in Paris before arriving in Fontainebleau on Sunday, July 7. Students will depart from Fontainebleau on Sunday, August 4.
  • Enrollment is limited to 33.
  • Courses are taught in English.
  • Cost for the session is $3500: $3300 for tuition, room and weekday meals, plus a $200 confirmation fee (all students upon acceptance will be required to pay this non-refundable confirmation fee to hold their place in the program). Generous financial aid based on merit is available for qualified students.

Highlights of the Session Include

  • Master classes and individual lessons in violin, viola, cello, composition and piano
  • Chamber music coaching and master classes
  • Student and faculty concerts
  • Guest lectures and concerts
  • Courses in fugue, improvisation and keyboard harmony
  • Cultural visits and lectures
  • Live and work along side architects from the Beaux Arts school

Accommodation and Meals

You will be lodged within walking distance from the Chateau, either in a dormitory or with a local family. Monday through Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided — other meals are on your own. For more details about accommodations, travel to Fontainebleau, and more see Info for Students.

For more information on the Music Program: info@fontainebleauschools.org

 

Faculty

Please note that the faculty is subject to change.

Diana Ligeti
 
Director, Conservatoire Américain
Diana Ligeti
Cello
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After her musical studies in Romania, Diana Ligeti passed the Paris Conservatoire; where she attended a proficiency course in cello in Klaus Heitz’s class, and in Christian Ivaldi’s; class of chamber music. Noticed by Sir Yehudi; Menuhin, she was admitted to the International Menuhin Music Academy in; 1994 and 1995 in Gstaad, Switzerland.

She won a medal in the semifinals at the Rostropovitch; Contest in 1990, a First Grand Prix at the International Cello Contest of; Douai in 1992, a joint First Prize at the International Contest of Chamber Music in Osaka, and the Grand Prix at the Musical Forum in Normandy in; 1996.

She developed at a very young age a great soloist; experience, notably in Romania, Italy, France, Germany and took part to; many festivals in Japan, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and more. ■

Frédéric Aguessy
 
Frédéric Aguessy
Piano
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Frédéric Aguessy studied piano with, among others, Yvonne Lefébure and Dominique Merlet at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris. A laureate of the international piano competitions of Naples, Geneva, Santander and Budapest, he won First Prize in the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in 1979 and then began his international career.

He performs with the major French orchestras and numerous international ones, in Germany, Eastern Europe, and Portugal, and participates in many festivals such as the International Festival of Yokohama (Japan), International Festival of Montpellier, and Radio-France, and has toured in Japan and South America. He devotes much of his time to chamber music and teaching — beginning at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris, and currently at the Conservatoire National de Région de Rouen. ■

Philippe Bianconi
 
Philippe Bianconi
Piano
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French pianist Philippe Bianconi has been described as an artist whose playing is “always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life,” (Washington Post)  and who offers “an extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, technical control and good taste” (The London Times). Bianconi is Director of the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau.

Bianconi was awarded the Silver Medal in the Seventh Van Cliburn International Competition and made his acclaimed recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1987. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras, including those of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, and Montreal, and has performed at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony under James Conlon. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, David Zinman, JoAnn Falletta, Marek Janowski, Gennady Rozhdestvensky,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Edo de Waart, and Yoav Talmi.

In Europe, Bianconi appears regularly with many orchestras, including a recent performance with James Conlon and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris in the sold-out Paris Garnier Opera House, and with the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Radio Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Orchester der Beethovenhalle in Bonn, and Strasbourg Philharmonic. He has concertized a number of times in Australia, performing with the Melbourne Symphony and the Sydney Symphony.

An active and acclaimed recitalist,  Philippe Bianconi has performed around the world, including at New York’s Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, at Wigmore Hall in London, for the Berlin Philharmonic, and in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston,  Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, Tokyo, Shanghai,  and Sydney. His recent recital in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris was a huge success, with Le Figaro acclaiming him “one of the best pianists in France.”

Bianconi recently recorded the Debussy Prèludes for La Dolce Volta that received a nomination for “Recording of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.  Additionally, he has recorded Debussy piano music and the complete solo works of Ravel, as well as solo albums of Schumann and Schubert, for the Lyrinx label. His other recordings include the Brahms Violin Sonatas with Tedi Papavrami on the Aeon label, works of Shostakovich and Prokofiev with cellist Gary Hoffman on Le Chant du Monde label, and the three Schubert lieder cycles with Hermann Prey on Denon.

As the director of the American Conservatory at the Palais de Fontainebleau, Bianconi joins a celebrated coterie of previous faculty and directors, among them Maurice Ravel,  Robert Casadesus, Jean Francaix, Henri Dutilleux, Leonard Bernstein, and Nadia Boulanger, who was director from 1949-1979. Founded in 1921, the American Conservatory has trained an enormous number of legendary musicians, including Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson,  Astor Piazzolla, Phillip Glass, and Quincy Jones. This directorship cements Bianconi’s reputation as one of the most distinguished artists of his generation. ■

Stéphanie-Marie Degand
 
Stéphanie-Marie Degand
Violin
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Stéphanie-Marie first studied violin in Caen with Jean-Walter Audoli and Emmanuelle Haim and was admitted, by unanimous verdict, to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in 1990 where she studied with Jacques Ghestem. At the Conservatoire she forged her current artistic approach through her studies of extremely diverse repertoire with William Christie, Patrick Bismuth, Christophe Rousset and Christophe Coin; winning four 1st prizes and admission into the Advanced Performer's course.

After finishing her studies at the Conservatoire she established herself as an artist with a diverse career as a soloist and chamber musician, often appearing as a guest artist and in recital. Stéphanie-Marie's dedication and artistic exploration of music is extrememly important to her and has brought much acclaim to her playing in competitions such as the Adami Grand Prix (1995), the Second Prize in the Ferras-Barbizet competition (1997), finalist in the Munich ARD competition (1998), a nomination for the Midem "Révélation Classique" (1998), a nomination for Laureate of the Natexis Foundation (1999) and winner for the Sacem Prize (2002). In 2005 Stéphanie-Marie was nominated "Révélation" as instrumental soloist in the Victoires de la Musique Classique. 

Stéphanie-Marie often appears in major European concert halls and festivals with many well known french musicians such as Violaine Cochard (harpsichord), François-Frédéric Guy, Vahan Mardirossian and Vanessa Wagner (piano), Xavier Phillips and Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello), Antoine Tamestit (viola) and has performed with early music ensembles such as La Chambre Philharmonique (Emmanuel Krivine), The King's Consort (Robert King), Les Siècles (François-Xavier Roth) and Le Parlement de Musique (Martin Gester).

Stéphanie-Marie has a large discography, appearing as a soloist, collaborator and recitalist. Her debut album in 2002 received critical acclaim ('ffff' de Télérama) and contained a wide offering of repertoire from Biber to Tanguy (Intrada). Stéphanie-Marie has since recorded two concertos by the Chevalier de St George (Assai) and Haydn's Concerto for Violin and Organ with Olivier Vernet (Ligia). 

Stéphanie-Marie has many other recordings, in 2006 she recorded Mozart's "Duos for Violin and Viola" with Pierre Frank (Ligia) and G. F. Handel "German Arias for Soprano and Violin" with Carolyn Sampson and the King's Consort (Hyperion). In 2008, F. Schuman "Violin Sonatas and Romances" with Olivier Payrebrue (Ligia). In 2009, a recital dedicated to Théodore Dubois with Laurent Martin (Ligia 2009). And in 2013 she appeared on a recital disk of Mozart - Dulphy works with Violaine Cochard, harpsichord (February) and also had a highly acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Vahan Mardirossian conducting in December.

Since 2007 Stéphanie-Marie has been the assistant director of Le Concert d'Astrée, an ensemble that she co-founded with Emmanuelle Haim in 2001 and regularly directs it the ensemble's instrumental concerts. She played with and conducted the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, The Atlantis Youth Orchestra and the Dijon Bourgogne Youth Orchestra and taught violin at the Caen Conservatiore from 2007 until 2014.

Having studied orchestral conducting with David Reiland, she was an assistant conductor in a joint production of the opera 'Mitridate' by W.A. Mozart with the Conservatiore Nationale Supérieur and the Cité de la musique. This automn 2016 she will be assistant conductor for Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs Elysée in Paris. 

She was appointed as an instructor at the Conservatiore Nationale Supérieur in Paris as of 2014. 

Stéphanie-Marie performs on her Italian violins (Catenari, 1710 and Gennaro Gagliano, 1756). ■

Christophe Desjardins
 
Christophe Desjardins
Viola
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Violist Christophe Desjardins is willingly and passionately involved in two complimentary spheres: creation, for which he is an interpreter much sought after by international standing composers, and having the repertoire of his instrument opened to the widest range of audience.

As a soloist, he has premiered works by Berio, Boulez, Boesmans, Jarrell, Fedele, Nunes, Manoury, Pesson, Levinas, Harvey, Widmann, Stroppa, Cresta, Sebastiani and Rihm. 

He plays as a soloist with such orchestras as the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the NDR, WDR and SWR Sinfonie Orchestern, the Orchestra of the Toscanini Foundation, the National Orchestra of Lyon, the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra and many other ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe . 

After his solo appearance with the Théâtre de la Monnaie of Brussels , he became a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain.

His discography includes Diadèmes by Marc-André Dalbavie, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Surfing by Philippe Boesmans, AssonanceIV and …someleavesII… by Michael Jarrell, LesLettresenlacéesII by Michaël Levinas and SequenzaVIby Luciano Berio, recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. 

His CD Voix d’Alto (Viola voices), dedicated to the performance of Luciano Berio and Morton Feldman’s works, was published in January, 2005, with the label Aeon; it has since received the most prestigious acclaim from the French press: Diapason d’Or, 4F from Télérama, Choc du Monde de la Musique.

In order to make music be discovered and perceived in a different way, he has created productions involving other arts (poetry, dance, video…): Once upon a time the viola, Viola/Multiples, Four Fragments for Harold, Violist Songs…

Christophe Desjardins plays a viola by Francesco Goffriller made in Venice around 1720.

He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik DEtmold (Germany) and at the CNSM in Lyon ■

Isabelle Duha
 
Isabelle Duha
Keyboard Harmony
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Isabelle Duha studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where she obtained four First Prizes. She is now a faculty member at the same school, and she teaches a number of techniques of musical expression, including harmony, counterpoint, and fugue. She will conduct exercises on all instruments: harmonization, figured bass, memory, transposition work, and sight-reading. ■

Ophélie Gaillard
 
Ophélie Gaillard
Cello
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The French-Swiss cellist and conductor, Ophélie Gaillard, trained at the Paris Conservatory, where she was awarded three premiers prix: for chamber music in Maurice Bourgue’s class, for cello in Philippe Muller’s class, and for Baroque cello with Christophe Coin. She also has a teaching diploma and a degree in musicology from the Sorbonne.

Ophélie Gaillard has distinguished herself as a versatile musician, performing with equal passion music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. The winner of several international competitions, notably the J.S. Bach International Cello Competition in Leipzig, she gives recitals in the world’s great concert halls and champions the solo cello repertoire, from J.S. Bach’s Suites to works by Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux, George Crumb and the young composers of today.

She has worked with accordionist Pascal Contet and also collaborates with dancers, in particular Daniel Larrieu and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. ■

Alexis Galpérine
 
Alexis Galpérine
Violin
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Violinist Alexis Galpérine’s performing career, both as soloist and chamber musician, takes him all over Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the U.S. He has been invited to perform by the most prestigious festivals in France and is associated with the ensembles Musicavanti and 2E2M.

After studies at the Conservatoire National in Paris and at the Juilliard School, he was a prizewinner of the Carl Flesh (London) and Paganini (Genoa) competitions, and First Prize winner of the International Belgrade Competition. His main teachers were Ivan Galamian and Henryk Szeryng. He also has a Masters of Philosophy from the Sorbonne in Paris.

Alexis Galpérine now teaches at the Conservatoire in Strasbourg and at the Conservatoire National in Paris in pedagogy. Students worldwide come to study with him. He recently gave master classes at Indiana University in Bloomington. He also adjudicates many international competitions and has written several acclaimed articles on musicology. ■

Allain Gaussin
 
Allain Gaussin
Composition
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Laureate of several first prizes at the Paris Conservatory, he won the composition prize in the class of Messiaen, and then went on to study computerized music at Ircam. After a period in residence at the French Academy in Rome (1977-1979), then in Berlin (DAAD, 1984-1985) and in Kyoto (1994-1995), Allain Gaussin’s career as a composer, with concerts, lectures and composition seminars, has taken him to Darmstadt, Seoul, Moscow, Tokyo, New York and all over Europe.

Currently, he teaches composition at the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, at the Academy of French Music in Kyoto, and teaches orchestration at the Music University of Osaka. In 1995 the Charles Cros Academy awarded a Grand Prix du Disque to the CD of his works: Irisation-Rituel, Camaïeux, Arcane (Salabert/Harmonia-Mundi). In 1998, Mosaïque Celeste won the ICONS International Composition Prize (Italy). ■

Françoise Gneri
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Françoise Gneri
Viola
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After a long collaboration with Bruno Pasquier at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) of Paris, Françoise Gnéri was appointed as a viola teacher to the CNSM of Lyon in 2009. Soloist at the Opéra of Paris until 1992, she is a musician with an eclectic and original course, who distinguishes herself by her passionate commitment in the most varied projects, both on a pedagogical and on a musical level.

Her intense activity as a chamber music player and her deep knowledge of 20th-century music bring her to the most important French stages — Châtelet, Radio-France,Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Beaubourg — as well as foreign ones — in Lisbon, Tokyo, and New-York, — performing with such artists as Philip Hirschorn, Christoph Henkel, Roland Pidoux, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Maxim Vengerov, Bruno Pasquier, François Salque, Olivier Chalier, Marianne Piketty, Svetlin Roussev, and Ophélie Gaillard.

A privileged collaboration binds her to the pianist Denis Pascal, with whom she has recorded  sonatas by Brahms and the Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor by Schumann, transcribed for the viola, a record that garnered critical acclaim. She is also the first viola player to have recorded all of the Bach suites on the viola.

Regularly invited by Jean-François Zygel to take part in his musical courses and in his classical cabaret, she shares with him this taste for establishing a dynamic relationship between the audience and the musicians and puts her talent in the service of original events, mixing new audiences, performing in unusual places, in a desire to share and communicate.

She has been the artistic director of the international academy of music of Houtin-Médoc and of the association TetraKys, in Touraine since 2010. ■

Philippe Graffin
 
Philippe Graffin
Violin
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Violinist Philippe Graffin has established a reputation for his interpretations of Romantic French repertoire, befitting one of the few pupils of Josef Gingold, who was himself a pupil of Ysaÿe, for whom much of the violin repertoire of this era was written. Graffin’s acclaimed recording of the three Saint-Saëns concertos is the first volume in Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series. He is a champion of the forgotten concertos of Fauré and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and has performed the latter at the BBC Proms. As soloist, Graffin has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Saarbrücken Philharmonie, the Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and St Petersburg Philharmonic. He performs works by many modern composers, including Dutilleux and Saariaho, and has had works written for him by Vytautas Barkauskas, Philippe Hersant, David Matthews, Yves Prin and Rodion Shchedrin. Philippe is the founder and artistic director of the ‘Consonances’ chamber music festival of St-Nazaire, France, and has been artistic director of several other festivals. He plays a Domenico Busano violin, made in Venice in 1730, and is guest professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. ■

Gary Hoffman
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Gary Hoffman
Cello
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Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time,  combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal,  Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National symphony orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Netherlands and Rotterdam philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra for the Blossom Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Mr.  Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as André  Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine. In the 2015-16 season he performs Elgar’s Concerto in E Minor with the Baton Rouge Symphony.

Gary Hoffman performs in major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as at such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart,  Schleswig-Holstein, Stresa, Festival International de Colmar, and Festival de Toulon. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye. Mr. Hoffman performs throughout Europe with various orchestras: Cordoba, Helsingborg, Warsaw,  Stavanger, Budapest, Bodensee Festival, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Russian National Philharmonic, het Gelders Orchestra, Holland,  Luxembourg; and around the world in the United States, Asia, South Africa, in halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Auditorium de Dijon, Concertgebouw, and the Kennedy Center. He also plays and gives master classes at the Ravinia Festival,  Bloomington, Kobé, Manchester Cello Festival, Kronberg Cello Akademie,  Salzburger Mozarteum, Festival de Prades, and Santa Fe. As a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Mr. Hoffman plays regularly with that organization. He has premiered the concertos of Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi,  Dominique Lemaître, and played the French premiere of Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto. ■

Christian Ivaldi
 
Christian Ivaldi
Piano
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Christian Ivaldi studied at the Paris Conservatory with Jacques Février and took a Premier Prix in piano performance, as well as in chamber music, counterpoint, and accompaniment. He first appeared as a soloist at Radio France in 1961. He has premiered pieces by Gilbert Amy, Georges Aperghis, André Boucourechliev, Maurice Ohana, and Luis de Pablo among others. He is a reknowned professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. ■

Robert Levin
 
Robert Levin
Piano
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Pianist Robert Levin has been heard in recital, as soloist, and in chamber concerts on four continents. He has performed with the orchestras of Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Vienna with such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. On fortepiano he has appeared with the Academy of Ancient Music, London Classical Players, Orchestra of the Age of

Enlightenment, and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, working with John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Charles Mackerras, Nicholas McGegan, and Roger Norrington. He has performed at the Sarasota, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Bremen, Lockenhaus, and Verbier festivals.

Dr. Levin is renowned for restoring the Classical-period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas. His Mozart and Beethoven performances have been hailed for their active mastery of the Classical musical language. He has recorded for the Archiv, CRI, Oiseau-Lyre, Deutsche Grammophon, ECM, Nonesuch, Philips, and SONY Classical labels.

Dr. Levin worked with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau and Paris while still in high school, before attending Harvard University. Upon graduation he headed the musical studies department of the Curtis Institute of Music for five years. He has also held teaching positions at Harvard University, SUNY—Purchase, the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. ■

Philippe Muller
 
Philippe Muller
Cello
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Born in Alsace, Philippe Muller was raised in both the French and German musical traditions of that province. He has kept an open mind to different cultures and pursued a multi-faceted career, performing an extensive repertoire, not only as a soloist, but also as a member of various chamber music ensembles. In 1970, with Jacques Rouvier and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, he founded a piano trio that was particularly appreciated for its dynamism and homogeneity. His seven years working with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, founded in France by Pierre Boulez,  enabled him to understand and manage the music of our time. In 1979 he succeeded his master André Navarra as cello teacher at the Conservatoire de Paris. His more than three decades teaching at the Conservatoire allowed him to train an impressive number of young cellists. He performs mostly in Europe, but also in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Japan,  and Korea. Mr. Muller’s extensive discography reflects his personality, presenting a range of works from Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Brahms to Fauré, Ravel,  Martinu, Malec,  and Merlet, not to mention the complete suites of J. S.  Bach. ■

François Paris
 
François Paris
Composition
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The french composer François Paris studied both orchestration and composition. At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he studied with Ivo Malec, Betsy Jolas and Gérard Grisey and received the first prize of composition. Before long he was noticed: in 1993, he was awarded a prize by Luciano Berio at the International Competition of Besançon. At the same time, he received a commission from the reading committee of Ircam and he was a scholarship student at the Villa Médicis in Rome (1993–95). Back in France, he obtained his musical teaching certificate (CA). In 1999, after winning “the extra-muros Villa Médicis”from the AFAA programme, the French Association for the Artistic Action, he became a resident in Asturias, Spain. He won the Claude Arrieu prize from the SACEM in 2001.

He was the director of music in Sarcelles for three years. In 2004, he was appointed emeritus professor of composition at the Capital Normal University of Beijing. He also teaches music in France and abroad. He is now the director of the CIRM, the National Center for Musical and of the MANCA Festival in Nice. Numerous National and International institutions have commissioned his works that are frequently performed and broadcast in France and all over the world. His compositions are published by Ricordi and Billaudot. ■

Bruno Pasquier
 
Bruno Pasquier
Viola
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Widely recognized as one of today’s great violists, Bruno Pasquier achieves in his playing a perfect synthesis between his musical sensitivity and his impressive technique. Launching his career with first prizes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (1961) and the International Munich Competition (1965), M. Pasquier became first soloist with the Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris in 1965, and the Orchestre National de France in 1985, where he performed under the batons of Böhm, Solti, and Ozawa, among others. Since 1972, when he was selected by Lorin Maazel to tour Japan as soloist with the Orchestre National, his international career as a soloist has taken him to venues across Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia, and China. M. Pasquier is also a sought-after chamber musician. He performs frequently with his brother, violinist Régis Pasquier, and cellist Roland Pidoux as the Pasquier String Trio, and with the Paris Piano Trio in piano quartets. Other collaborations have included such artists as Nadia Boulanger, Salvatore Accardo, Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Leonard Rose, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Paul Tortelier, Josef Suk, and Isaac Stern, as well as many of the most prestigious pianists of our era. M. Pasquier teaches viola and chamber music at the Conservatoire National in Paris, and frequently gives master classes in important venues aroud the world. His extensive discography includes many recordings for Harmonia Mundi and Naxos. ■

Marianne Piketty
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Marianne Piketty
Violin
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“Density, spirit, virtuosity, depth, generosity” is how the press has acclaimed violinist Marianne Piketty, an artist whose eclectic career ranges from Bach to Piazzolla, and for whom solo concerts, recitals, chamber music, unique duos, the major repertoire, little-known works and the music of our time are all featured side-by-side.

Marianne Piketty made her solo debut at the Salle Pleyel in Paris at the age of seven. At twelve, she enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where she obtained First Prizes for Violin and Chamber Music. She then joined Dorothy DeLay’s famed soloist class at the Juilliard School in New York and regularly performed in master classes for Itzhak Perlman. She went on to make an auspicious debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Her encounter with Yehudi Menuhin proved decisive as she was asked to perform the Brahms concerto under his direction and to become a soloist with his Foundation.

A sought-after soloist, she has been invited to perform with orchestras such as Saint Petersburg National Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, Lorraine National Orchestra, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Lamoureux, the Manchester Sinfonia, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, the Sinfonie Orchester Biel. In Kiev, she gave the first performance of Renaud Gagneux’s Concerto for Violin with the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed under the conducting of Eric Bergel, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Georges Pelhivanian, Pascal Rophé et Pascal Verrot.

Since 2006, Marianne Piketty has joined forces with accordionist Pascal Contet to create an unconventional duo. Their programs run from improvisations and transcriptions to the creation of new works by composers including Graciane Finzi, Laurent Mettraux, Renaud Gagneux, Javier Torres Maldonado and Jean-Pierre Drouet. Their first recording, Night’s Dream, met with enthusiastic reviews.

Her recordings of Ysaye’s sonatas for solo violin and the violin and piano sonatas by Lekeu and Pierné with Laurent Cabasso won unanimous acclaim from the critics. Her latest recording for Integral Classic, Bohemia, with the pianist Dana Ciocarlie is particularly noteworthy: “…an unsurpassed duo. Marianne Piketty’s violin has a touch of Paganini at the tip of the bow and Romani musical genes inside the strings…” Le Monde

In 2013, Marianne Piketty established her string ensemble Le Concert Idéal. Two years later, she and actress Irène Jacob put on the musical show The Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzolla at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, followed by 25 performances at the Théâtre du Ranelagh. Their first recording will be released by Harmonia Mundi, Little Village.

Marianne Piketty frequently gives master classes in both France and abroad and since 2001 has been a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon.
She is the artistic Director of the Rencontres Internationales de Mirecourt, the Solistes de la Villedieu and Musique aux 4 Horizons. ■

Gérard Poulet
 
Gérard Poulet
Violin
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Gérard Poulet started as a child prodigy and studied with such masters as Zino Francescatti, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein and especially Henryk Szeryng, who considered him his “spiritual heir”. At age 18, he won first prize at the Paganini Competition in Genoa and numerous concerts followed, including with such ensembles as the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the National Orchestras of Strasbourg, Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon, the RAI Orchestra in Turin, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, the Beijing Symphony and the Stuttgart Kammerorchester. He has taken part in seasons at Radio France, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Theatre des Champs Elysees, and at festivals in Prades, Divonne, Sceaux, Besancon, Monte Carlo, Montreux and Carthage.

As well as enjoying an international career which regularly takes him to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, China, Korea, Brazil, Argentina and Africa, Gérard Poulet is also one of the foremost teacher of our time. In addition to being on the faculty at Fontainebleau, he has taught at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, École Normale de Musique in Paris, Tokyo University of Arts, and the Showa University of Music. ■

John “Jack” Stulz
 
John “Jack” Stulz
Viola
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A violist of "glowing tone and stunning technique" (LA Times), John Stultz currently lives in New York City.  A versatile musician comfortable in a wide variety of repertoire and forms of performing, his most recent musical activities reflect his flexibility as a performer and teaching artist. These include a week-long residency in Tashkent, Uzbekistan as a musical ambassador, teaching 4th and 5th graders as an artist-in-residence at PS877Q in Queens, and serving as founding executive director of the Los Angeles-based What's Next? Ensemble. He recently completed a two-year residency as violist in Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, a program which trains young musicians as high-level performers and teachers who fully engage the communities in which they work.

A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Stultz was a participant this past summer at the Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed chamber music in such diverse venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, alternative New York City performance space Subculture, and Trinity Wall Street Church, as well as taught and performed chamber music at Skidmore College as part of Ensemble ACJW.  An active composer and performer of contemporary music, Mr. Stultz has worked with many leading European and American composers as well as  presented his own works in concerts in Los Angeles and New York.

Highlights for his 2014-15 season include performances with the contemporary music ensemble Klangforum Wien in Vienna, Austria, performances of original and contemporary works in recitals in Amsterdam, Berlin and Los Angeles, and a residency at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study.  Mr. Stultz was born in Columbus, Ohio, and continued his musical education in Los Angeles and Boston.  His mentors include Donald McInnes, Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox and Midori. ■

Sébastien Vichard
 
Sébastien Vichard
Piano
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Born in 1979, Sébastien Vichard studied the piano and pianoforte at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP), where he has taught piano accompaniment since 2002. A soloist with the Ensemble intercontemporain since 2006,  he is deeply committed to the performance of contemporary music,  alongside the leading composers of our time.  He has given solo performances at the Royal Festival Hall in London, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Berliner Festspiele, with the Kölner Philharmonie,  at the Suginami Kôkaidô in Tokyo and at the Cité de la musique in Paris.  His discography includes works by Schubert, Webern, Carter, Mantovani,  Manoury, Schoeller and Huber. His recording of works for cello and piano by Franz Liszt, published by Harmonia Mundi, on which he accompanies Alexis Descharmes, won the 2007 Diapason d’or. ■

Pierre-Henri Xuereb
 
Pierre-Henri Xuereb
Viola
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Pierre Henri Xuereb took a first prize at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur at the age of 16, completing his training in the United States at first at the Juilliard School and then at the University of Boston. He was one of the last pupils of William Primrose. After auditioning in New York, he was invited by Pierre Boulez to join the Ensemble Intercontemporain, with which he spent two years. He now enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber-music player, and teaches the viola at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur. ■

 

Apply

Session 2019, July 5 - August 4. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Session on December 1, 2018. Questions? Contact us at info@fontainebleauschools.org.

Guidelines for Application

  • Instrumentalists should audition by sending 15 minutes of performance video as described below.
  • Composers should send 2 printed scores and a high quality audio CD as described below.  

Please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • 1 photo: head must face the camera directly with full face in view
  • 2 letters of recommendation by current teachers
  • Instrumentalists must submit 15 minutes of performance video (any standard video format; YouTube and Vimeo links are also accepted)
  • String players must include a Bach solo selection and a French composer’s work if possible
  • Pianists must include a French composer's work
  • Composers should send 2 printed scores and a high quality audio CD of your works by regular postal service to the address below (please email Therese Rawson, President, Fontainebleau Associations, at theresecrawson@gmail.com before mailing your scores)

The Fontainebleau Associations
PO Box 66
Wayne PA 19087
USA

Late applications may be considered if openings are available. The non-refundable application fee for late applications is $125. After February 1, 2019 please contact us at info@fontainebleauschools.org to find out about openings. 

Note for Alumni who wish to apply: We give priority to first time applicants, but sometimes there are openings. Please contact us at info@fontainebleauschools.org before applying.

Upon notification of your acceptance, a $200 deposit must be sent within two weeks to hold your place. The entire tuition is due by June 15, 2019 by check payable to Fontainebleau Associations, sent to:

Fontainebleau Associations
PO Box 66
Wayne PA 19087
USA

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Prix Ravel

FONDATION MAURICE RAVEL
ECOLES D’ART AMÉRICAINES DE FONTAINEBLEAU 

CHÂTEAU FONTAINEBLEAU, FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Competition: Salle des colonnes (performance times TBA) 
Concert of winners 6:00 PM

Composition Concert Monday, July 29, 4:00 PM - Salle des colonnes

Rules and General Conditions

1. Eligibility: The competition is open to all students of the 2018 session of the Conservatoire Américain.

2. Repertoire: Instrumentalists will perform original works by Maurice Ravel. (Arrangements and transcriptions may be performed if approved by faculty) Composers will have their Fontainebleau composition assignments performed on Monday, July 29

3. Jury: The jury will be composed of members of the Faculty, the program director, and a Fondation Ravel representative.

4. Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded for the best performances: 

First Prize  

2nd Prize 

3rd Prize 

Prize of the Public - No money (the public will vote for their favorite)

Composition Prize (awarded July 30) a cash prize plus a composition comission to write a piece to be performed the following year in Fontainebleau.

5. Distribution of Prize money: Ensembles will divide prize money equally. If there is a tie, the prize money will be divided equitably in a manner decided by the jury.   

 

Concerts and Masterclasses

MUSIQUE AU CHATEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU

FESTIVAL DES ECOLES D’ART AMERICAINES

PROGRAMME  2019

 

Vendredi 12 juillet - 18h concert d’ouverture 

Robert Levin, Christian Ivaldi, Julien Gernay, piano

Gérard Poulet, Stéphanie Marie Degand, violon

Bruno Pasquier, alto

Philippe Muller, violoncelle

W. A. Mozart : Sonate pour piano à 4 mains KV 497 en Fa majeur

Fanny Mendelssohn : 2 pièces pour violoncelle et piano

Johannes Brahms : Quinette en fa mineur op. 34 

 

Dimanche 14 juillet - 18h : Concert évènement du 14 juillet 

Sébastien Vichard, Julien Gernay, piano

Stéphanie Marie Degand, étudiant 2019 violon 

Jack Stulz, alto

Diana Ligeti, violoncelle

Sophie Deshayes, flute Pierre Dutrieu, clarinette 

Pedro Gadelha, contrebasse 

Christophe Bredeloup, percussion

Frédéric Lodeon, presentation

Franz Schubert : Quintette « La Truite »,

Camille Saint Saens : Carnaval des animaux

 

Mercredi 17 juillet - 18h : Journée de la composition 

Hae-Sun Kang, violon 

Jack Stulz, alto

Diana Ligeti, violoncelle

Sébastien Vichard, Julien Gernay, Michael Levinas, piano 

Sophie Deshayes, flute

Pierre Dutrieux, clarinette

Pedro Gadelha, contrebasse

Michael Levinas : 4 études pour piano 

Olivier Messiaen : Catalogue des oiseux, extraits

Giang Balwin (prix Ravel 2018) Commande des EAAF

Sophia Goubaïdoulina : Sonate pour contrebasseet piano

Allain Gaussin : L’harmonie des sphères

Madeleine Isaksson: trio à cordes

            

Samedi 20 juillet - 18h : Concert des professeurs 

Frédéric Aguessy, piano

Philippe Graffin, violon

Pierre-Henri Xuereb, alto

Diana Ligeti, violoncelle

Lilli Boulanger : D’un vieux jardin, D’un jardin clairpourpiano  

Rebecca Clarke : 2 Pièces pour alto et piano

Brahms: Quatuor op 60 

 

Mercredi 24 juillet - 18h : Concert des professeurs

Marianne Piketty, étudiant 2019 violon 

Christophe Desjardins, Jack Stulz, alto

Raphael Merlin, Diana Ligeti, violoncelle

Julien Grenay, piano

HectorBerlioz : Harold en Italie (extraits)

Noriko Baba: Sonatine for viola and piano 

Mel Bonis : Soir et Matin pour trio  

Clara Schumann : Trois romances

Arnold Schoenberg : La nuit transfigurée pour sextuor à cordes

 

Samedi 27 juillet : Concours Ravel 10h et 14h; Concert des lauréats - 18h

 

Dimanche 28 juillet 11h

Atsushi Sakai, Marion Martineau, violes de gambe

Invitation chez Madame de Maintenon :

Œuvres pour deux violes de Marin Marais, Couperin, St. Colombe, Forqueray

 

Samedi 4 Août 14h30 : Concert de cloture

Ophélie Gaillard, violoncelle

Coline Infante, soprano

Tous les étudiants

Hector Berlioz : extraits des « Nuits d’été »

Debussy: Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été, Pour remercier la pluie au matin, extraits de “6 épigraphes antiques” pour 4 mains

Ravel: Le jardin féerique, extrait de “Ma mere l’oie”

Antonin Dvorak : Le silence de la foret 

Antonio Vivaldi : Les 4 saisons

 

16h - Jardins du château

Performance finale des architectes et des musiciens

 

Billetterie des concerts 25€ - Pass 3 concerts 60€

Réservation :  www.chateaudefontainebleau.org

 

MASTERCLASSES

Piano :  Philippe Bianconi, Robert Levin, Michel Levinas, Philippe Cassard, 

workshop Sebastien Vichard 

Violin : Stephanie Marie Degand

workshop Hae-Sun Kang

Viola: Françoise Gneri

workshop  Jack Stultz

Cello : Gary Hoffman, Raphael Merlin  

Chamber music Raphael Merlin  

Composition : Masterclass Madeleine Isaksson, workshop Michael Levinas, 

Music architecture acoustic : Sebastien Jouan 

 

MINI CONCERTS 12h - 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, juillet, 2 août

Les 12, 15, 18, 25 juillet - cordes

Les 19, 22, 24, juillet, 2 aout - piano 

 

AUDITIONS des ÉTUDIANTS - Salle des Colonnes, 16h

Vendredi 26, lundi 29 (pièces des compositeurs Prix Ravel de composition), mardi 30 juillet, mercredi 31, jeudi 1er août