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Program

Summer Session 2018

The music program is for advanced students ages 18-31, 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 6 - Aug 5, 2018.  Students arrive in Paris on Friday, July 6 and have 2 days in Paris before arriving in Fontainebleau on Sunday, July 8. Students will depart from Fontainebleau on Sunday, August 5.
  • Enrollment is limited to 32.
  • 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.

Philippe Bianconi
 
Director, Conservatoire Américain
Philippe Bianconi
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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. ■

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. ■

Olivier Charlier
 
Olivier Charlier
Violin
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Olivier Charlier graduated with a Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatoire at 14, and won prizes at international competitions including Munich, Montreal, Helsinki (Sibelius), Paris (Jacques Thibaud), Indianapolis, and New York (Young Concert Artists). Great artists such as Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng spontaneously took the brilliant young musician under their wing. Charlier is a fine representative of the French school of violin playing (that of Jacques Thibaud, Ginette Neveu, Christian Ferras) on stages all over the world. He has given concerts with about fifty different French orchestras, including all those of Paris and all the regional orchestras. He also appears regularly with major international orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, CBSO, Berlin Symphony, Hamburg and Saarbrücken Radio Orchestras, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk, Tonhalle Zurich, Netherlands Philharmonic, the orchestras of The Hague, Monte-Carlo, Prague, Zagreb, New York, Montreal, Quebec, Mexico, Tokyo, and Sydney. His active recording career reflects his eclecticism ; it includes the violin concertos by Dutilleux, Lalo, Edward Gregson, Gerard Schurmann, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns. Charlier is professor of violin at the Paris Conservatory, and is often a jury member at international violin competitions. ■

Claire Désert
 
Claire Désert
Piano
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Claire Désert seduces her audience with her graceful, profound and humble interpretations. She is in the line-up of important French and international festivals, and she regularly performs with important symphonic orchestras. 

At 14, she entered the Paris Conservatoire and graduated with a First Prize in chamber music in Jean Hubeau’s class and a unanimous First Prize in piano in Venislav Yankoff’s class.  She was recognized at an early age and the French government selected her to pursue her studies at the Moscow Tchaïkovski Conservatory, in Evgeni Malinin’s class. 

Claire Désert is an exceptional artist and a World-class chamber musician. Her favorite partners are pianist Emmanuel Strosser, cellist Anne Gastinel, violonists Philippe Graffin and Tedi Papavrami, the Quatuor Sine Nomine and the Quintette Moraguès. 

The music press always notices her recordings and awards them with prestigious distinctions. Her first disc received a « 10 » from Répertoire. The recording of Scriabine and Dvorak’s concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg received an award at the French Victoires de la Musique in 1997. 

For the label Mirare, Claire Désert recorded Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Dvorak Slavonic Dances in four hands with Emmanuel Strosser; and in 2010, her recording « Abendmusik » dedicated to Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms is warmly praised by the international press. In Autumn 2011, she released a new CD dedicated to French chamber music for Naive with Anne Gastinel which was awarded with a « Choc » from Classica and selected by the BBC Magazine « Music Chamber Choice. » ■

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. ■

Diana Ligeti
 
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. ■

Alain Meunier
 
Alain Meunier
Cello
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Alain Meunier is a French cellist born in Paris. He began studying the cello at age 13 and received the premier prix in chamber music at 15, and in cello at 16. After pausing with the cello to study musical aesthetics and musicology, he took the instrument up again at age 22 and played in front of Pablo Casals aiming at the Prades Festival. He entered Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and was a member of the ensemble Piano Quintetto Chigiana after graduation. He also studied cello with Maurice Maréchal. He taught at Accademia Musicale Chigiana from 22 years old, and served on the faculty at the Lyon Conservatory in France.

  He has been a professor of the Paris Conservatory since 1989, and he is now director of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. ■

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. ■

Tristan Murail
 
Tristan Murail
Composition
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Tristan Murail - Biography

Born in Le Havre in 1947, Tristan Murail received advanced degrees in classical and North African Arabic from the École Nationale des Langues Orientales Vivantes, as well as a degree in economic science, while at the same time pursuing his musical studies. In 1967, he became a student of Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory, and also studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, graduating three years later. In 1971, he was awarded the Prix de Rome, and later received a First Prize in composition from the Paris Conservatory. He spent the next two years in Rome, at the Villa Medicis.

Upon returning to Paris in 1973, he co-founded the Ensemble L’Itineraire with a group of young composers and instrumentalists. The ensemble quickly gained wide recognition for its fundamental research in the area of instrumental performance and live electronics.

In the 1980s, Tristan Murail used computer technology to further his research in the analysis and synthesis of acoustic phenomena. He developed his own system of microcomputer- assisted composition, and then collaborated with Ircam for several years, where he taught composition from 1991 to 1997, and took part in the conception of the computer-assisted composition program “Patchwork”. In 1997, Tristan Murail was named professor of composition at Columbia University in New York, teaching there until 2010.

Again in Europe, he continued giving master-classes and seminars all over the world, was guest professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg for three years, and is currently guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory.  ■

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. ■

Hector Parra
 
Hector Parra
Composition
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. ■

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. ■

Quatuor Ébène
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Quatuor Ébène
Chamber Music
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Quatuor Ébène was founded in 1999 at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory in France. The group first came to international attention in 2004 when it won first prize in the string quartet category at the ARD International Music Competition, also taking the Audience Prize, two prizes for interpretation, and the Karl Klinger Foundation Prize. The following year, the group won the Belmont Prize from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation. In 2006, Quatuor Ébène released its first recording, a live recording of three Haydn quartets, to critical acclaim, and in 2009, the quartet was named “Newcomer of the Year” by BBC Music Magazine for its recording of the Ravel, Fauré, and Debussy string quartets — an album that won the Recording of the Year at the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards. In 2010, the group was named Ensemble of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique, and NPR named Ébène’s “Fiction” album one of its 50 favorite albums of 2011, describing the quartet’s performance as brimming with “silky smoothness and Gallic finesse.” The group is known for its versatility and performs a variety of genres, including classical music, contemporary music, jazz and more. Beyond its classical repertoire, some of the group’s most popular performances have been crossover, such as a rendition of the music from the score of Pulp Fiction, arrangements of classic Beatles hits, and a jazz vocal/instrumental arrangement of “Someday My Prince Will Come” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Quatour Ébène is Pierre Colombet (violin), Gabriel Le Magadure (violin), Adrien Boisseau (viola) and Raphaël Merlin (cello). ■

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. ■

Jean Sulem
 
Jean Sulem
Viola
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Jean Sulem studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Serge Collot where he has obtained a 1st Prize in 1980. From 1981 to 1990 he was the principal viola of the Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez. He is very active in performing and defending new repertoire for his instrument and several composers have written works for him. He is also a founding member of the Rosamonde String Quartet formed in 1981. As a soloist and as a chamber music player he has appeared in many international festivals in Europe, America, Russia, Japan, Korea and Australia and has recorded more than thirty CDs.
Since 1990 he is Professor of viola and chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire. He is also Professor at the Tibor Varga Music Academy in Sion (Switzerland) since 1990 and at the Cervo Summer Academy (Italy) since 1996. He is regularly invited to give master-classes in Europe, America and Asia and to serve as jury member in international competitions. Several of his former students play in top string quartets or occupy leading positions in European orchestras. ■

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. ■

 

2017 Concerts and Masterclasses

CONCERTS (please check back for 2018 concert schedule)

Samedi 8 juillet 17h Salle des Colonnes

« Entre Belle Époque et Années folles »

piano Isabelle Duha, Sébastien Vichard, Christian Ivaldi, violoncelle Philippe Muller

violon Olivier Charlier, alto Françoise Gneri

Concert lecture : Les Ballets russes à Paris

Stravinsky, Poulenc, Debussy, Gaubert, Lekeu

Billetterie sur place 20€

 

Jeudi 13 juillet 17h30 Salle des Colonnes

        Concert des anciens élèves

piano Selim Mazari, alto Ren Martin-Doïke

Chausson, Chopin, Milhaud, Beethoven, Arad, Ravel, Hindemith

Entrée non payante

 

Samedi 15 juillet 17h Salle des Colonnes

       « Retour sur l’histoire des Ecoles »

piano Frédéric Aguessy violon Gérard Poulet,

alto Pierre-Henri Xuereb,

violoncelle Philippe Muller, Diana Ligeti, étudiants

Ysaye, Lili Boulanger, Mozart, Brahms,

Robert Casadesus

Billetterie sur place 20€  

 

Mardi 18 juillet 17h30 Salle des Colonnes

       « Dans le style Français »

piano Frédéric Aguessy, Nathan Brandwein

violon Philippe Graffin, alto Bruno Pasquier

violoncelle Diana Ligeti, Alain Meunier

étudiants

Debussy, Chopin

Billetterie sur place 20€

 

Mercredi 19 juillet 17h30 Salle des Colonnes

       « Journée de la création »

piano Sébastien Vichard, Varduhi Yeritsyan,

violon Lyonel Schmit, violoncelle Diana Ligeti,

flute Sophie Deshayes, étudiants

Allain Gaussin, François Paris,

Alexandru Murariu, Bruno Mantovani 

Entrée non payante

 

Jeudi 20 juillet 17h30 Salle des Colonnes

Concert « carte blanche »

Quatuor Ébène

Beethoven, Dutilleux, Ravel

Billetterie sur place 20€  

 

Samedi 22 juillet
10h30 et 14h Salle des Colonnes   

Concours Ravel

17h30 Salle des Colonnes

Remise des prix

Concert des lauréats du Prix Ravel

Entrée non payante

 

Dimanche 23 juillet 16h   Parc Bel Ébat, Avon

Concert des élèves

Entrée non payante

 

Samedi 29 juillet

14h30 Salle des Colonnes  

Concert final, enseignants et étudiants.

Mendelssohn, Lekeu

Billetterie sur place 20€

16h dans les Jardins du château

Fin de la session : performances des architectes et des musiciens

 

MASTERCLASSES 

Salle des Colonnes

11 juillet 10h et 14h  Claire Désert, piano 

Salle des Colonnes  

12 juillet 13h  Renaud Capuçon, violon  

Hôtel d’Albe Orangerie, 11 rue Royale

18 et 19 juillet 14h  Gary Hoffman, violoncelle

Salle des Colonnes

19 juillet 10h et 14h  Bruno Mantovani, composition

Salle des Colonnes

19 juillet 10h  Varduhi Yeritsyan, piano

(autour du répertoire du 20e siècle)

20 juillet 10h et 14h  Quatuor Ébène, musique de chambre

26 juillet 14h  Jack Stulz, alto

Accès avec le droit d’entrée du Château

 

AUDITIONS

Salle des Colonnes 16h

Vendredi 21, lundi 24, mardi 25, mercredi 26, jeudi 27 juillet

Auditions d’élèves : piano, musique de chambre, 

pièces des compositeurs

Entrée libre

 

MINI-CONCERTS

12h Salle de Bal (cordes)

12h Salle des Colonnes (enter from Salle des Bal) (piano) 

          7,10,13,17,21,27,28 juillet

Accès avec le droit d’entrée du Château

 

Please note that masterclasses are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

 

Apply

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 session December 1, 2017. Deadline for Applications is February 2, 2018 (February 16 for Composers). Click here to apply. Questions? Contact us at info@fontainebleauschools.org.

Guidelines for Application

  • Instrumentalists should audition by sending 15 minutes of performance video as described below.
  • Composers (Deadline Feb.16) 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 2, 2018 (February 16 for Composers) please contact us at info@fontainebleauschools.org to find out about openings before you apply. 

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, 2018 by check payable to Fontainebleau Associations, sent to:

Fontainebleau Associations
PO Box 66
Wayne PA 19087
USA

submit
 

Prix Ravel 2017

FONDATION MAURICE RAVEL
ECOLES D’ART AMÉRICAINES DE FONTAINEBLEAU 

CHÂTEAU FONTAINEBLEAU, FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE

Saturday, July 22, 2017 (check back for 2018 Prix Ravel info)

Competition: Salle des colonnes 1:30 PM
Concert: Chapelle de la Trinité 6:30 PM

Rules and General Conditions

1. Eligibility: The competition is open to all piano and string students of the 2017 session.

2. Repertoire: Students will perform original works by Maurice Ravel. (Arrangements and transcriptions may be performed if approved by faculty)

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

4. Prizes: The following 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)

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.   

 

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