Composition session


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Brian Ferneyhough, composer

Currently a professor at Stanford University (USA), Brian Ferneyhough established himself as early as 1974 as one of the strongest and most original personalities of his generation. An outstanding teacher of composition,

he succeeded Klaus Huber at the Musikhochschule of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, where he taught until 1986, before accepting appointments at the University of California at San Diego (1987-99) and at Stanford (since 2000).

He has also been Guest Professor at Harvard University. He directed seminars at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse

für Neue Musik from 1984 to 1996, and was the first composer invited to the Fondation Royaumont (since 1990). In 2007 Brian Ferneyhough received the Siemens Prize. His works are published by Peters London and his manuscripts are housed at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel.

Fabien Lévy, composer

Fabien Lévy studied composition with Gérard Grisey at the Paris Conservatoire. He was resident at the Villa Medici / French academy in Rome and in Berlin with the DAAD Artist program. His works, published by Billaudot and Ricordi Germany, have been performed by the Ensemble Recherche, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, the Argento Ensemble, the Habanera Quartet, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony orchestra (among others). He won the 2004 Förderpreis from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation for music. He taught at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns-Eisler in Berlin (Germany), and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at Columbia University in New York (USA) and senior professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany. His next projects are, among others, for the ensemble 2E2M, the neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, Klangforum, Teodoro Anzellotti and Jean-Guihen Queyras. He lives in Berlin.

please note that Fabien Lévy will replace Richard Barrett


Oscar Bianchi, composer

Oscar Bianchi holds dual Italian and Swiss nationality. He studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, then in Bologna and at the Modena Academy. This was followed by a year at IRCAM in Paris (2003-04)

and numerous masterclasses and international residences (Stockholm International Composition Course, Darmstadt summer courses, Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, etc.).

He holds a doctorate in composition from Columbia University in New York. His music is characterised by dense textures, remarkable imagination, and a keen sense of musical dramaturgy. His principal works include the cantata Matra, premiered by the Neuevocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Ensemble Ictus, and the opera Thanks to My Eyes on a libretto by Joël Pommerat, premiered at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence.

Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble

Founded in 2005 by William Blank, the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble has quickly forged an outstanding reputation for quality and musicality through its in-depth work on the modern and contemporary repertoire.

Its concert series at the Scène Rhône-Alpes de Château-Rouge (Annemasse), the Archipel Festival in Geneva,

the Théâtre de Vienne, the Festival des Jardins Musicaux de Cernier, the Dampfzentrale in Berne, the SIMC

in Lausanne, and the ZhDK in Zurich have given it extensive experience in performing music of German, Italian, and French aesthetics. Its musicians’ commitment to educational activities has led them to organise an annual composition and performance workshop at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (Hemu). The Fondation Royaumont is delighted to welcome them to the Paris region for the first time.


William Blank, conductor

The composer and conductor William Blank was born in Montreux in 1957. In addition to his activities

as a composer whose works are performed all over the world, from Lucerne to Tokyo, he teaches composition, analysis, and chamber music at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne. He is the founder and conductor

of Namascae, and also works regularly with the ensembles Contrechamps and Collegium Novum (Zurich),

the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

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Places available for

Fifteen young composers.


Candidates must have been born after 1 January 1981. It is possible to register as an auditor (non-participant status). Auditors may attend the collective classes and but in no circumstances can their music be rehearsed or performed.

The Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble conducted by William Blank will participate in this training course.

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With its pragmatic approach and position open to all aesthetics, the New Voices composition session offers an indispensable complement to academic studies.

This course recreates the actual conditions in which composers exercise their profession –receipt of a commission, composition, rehearsals, concert performance – while mentoring the process of creation and realisation through the presence of numerous internationally recognised musicians and tutoring by three teachers whose aesthetic diversity guarantees the student’s freedom.
In 2013, Brian Ferneyhough, Fabien Lévy and Oscar Bianchi, the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble under the direction of William Blank, and two assistant conductors chosen by Peter Eötvös will lead this tuition, which is both theoretical – analysis in collective classes, supervision of the writing process in individual sessions – and practical – rehearsals assisted by tutors, tuition in the specific features of instrumental composition, help in producing the orchestral material.

At Royaumont, apprentice composers are transformed into genuine practitioners of their art, who make informed choices of language and style and are capable of conveying their intentions to performers.

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Instrumentation options

1. Octet with voice (voice, saxophone, percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello) - conducted


2. Octandre (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, double bass) - conducted


3. Septet with woodwind and string quintet (flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass) - conducted


4. Septet with voice (voice, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, percussion, piano, cello) - conducted


5. Sextet (bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, double bass) - conducted


6. Wind quintet and double bass (bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, double bass) - conducted


7. Quintet with voice (voice, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, percussion) - conducted


8. Quartet, wind and percussion (oboe, horn, trumpet, percussion) – conducted


9. Quartet, strings and piano (piano, 2 violins, viola) – conducted


10. Quartet, woodwind and strings (flute, oboe, violin, cello) – conducted


11. Trio, voice-piano-viola – conducted


12. Trio, wind and percussion (bassoon, trombone, percussion) – without conductor


13. Trio, voice and percussion (voice, flute, percussion) – conducted


14. Duo, vocal a cappella – conducted


15. Duo, violin and percussion – without conductor



Teaching alternates between collective classes in workshop format and individual tuition.

Practical tuition

Realisation of performing material.
Directed instrumental and vocal workshop (2 two-hour periods of rehearsal + dress rehearsal, under the direction of a choral conductor and the faculty members) with the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble.
Dress rehearsal and public concerts are recorded.

Theoretical tuition

14 three-hour analysis classes.
6 individual classes of one hour for each student, during which the three faculty members supervise the writing process of his or her piece.



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Selection by dossier only, before Wednesday 15 May 2013


From Monday 26 August to Saturday 14 September 2013
(20 days of training)

Public presentation

Concerts on Saturday 14 September 2013

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Residences and exchanges

Within the framework of its cooperation agreements, and with the support of the Sacem and the Ulysses network, New Voices has set up a programme to accompany the careers of students who have attended this composition session.

These partnerships permit us to offer the following possible activities:


> continue your training at other composition courses: Gaudeamus in Utrecht (Netherlands) or Impuls in Graz (Austria)

> benefit from workshops in residence with the Programme de Recherche et Composition Chorégraphique and the Arcal (Paris) for composition of stage works (dance and music theatre)

> receive a commission from the Diotima Quartet, the Namascae ensemble, Royaumont (for its Cavaillé-Coll organ), or an associated festival (Archipel, Geneva)

> realise a sound installation for the abbey cloisters in the studios of La Muse en Circuit (Alfortville)

> have your works published on line by Babel Score

Fee Information

The cost-sharing fee is made up of a compulsory registration fee (including membership in the Association des amis de Royaumont and access to the François Lang Music Library), tuition, and boarding expenses.
The Royaumont Foundation takes over expenses for accomodations (room, board and breaks) during the entire duration of the training.


Financial aid for tuition

› for salaried employees (full or part time): via their employers’ continuing education programs.
› for the unemployed: instructions available from the local funds or Pôle emploi.
› for RMI beneficiaries: via authorities in each département (Conseil Général) – contact the appropriate services for further information.
If  you are eligible for such financial assistance, only the enrolment fee remains at your expense, that is in the amount of 177 €.



The Association des Amis de Royaumont grants scholarships to composers born after 1st January 1981 who do not yet have a regular professional activity.
This grant is made during Board meetings of the Association on the basis of a portfolio (résumé, letter of motivation).
If  you are eligible for financial aid from the Association des amis de Royaumont, a total amount of 177 € remains at your expense.


For participants who cannot qualify for any other financial aid, the Foundation grants scholarship stipends on request and based on a portfolio.
If  you are eligible for this scholarship from the Association des amis de Royaumont, a total amount of 1 177 € remains at your expense.

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How to apply?

> see the general terms


> uploaod the Voix nouvelles application form



Fondation Royaumont

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Applications will open in July 2012

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and from October 2012


Un projet du réseau Ulysses


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