Professionnal training music and dance 2013

The Fondation Royaumont took its place from the early 1980s onwards in the forefront of ‘historically informed’ performance practice, accompanying the projects of William Christie, René Jacobs, Marcel Pérès, Gérard Lesne, and more recently such figures as Antonio Florio, Vincent Dumestre, and Benjamin Lazar.



In the same spirit of investigation and discovery, it set up in 1990, around the figure of Brian Ferneyhough, a prestigious composition course, a catalyst for contemporary creations contributed by young composers from all over the world.

Dance took up its place at Royaumont in 1995 with the arrival of Susan Buirge and a course in choreographic research and composition, unique in France at the time, which has been developed since 2008 by Myriam Gourfink and from 2013 by Hervé Robbe.


Since 2000, oral and improvised musics stimulating transcultural encounters – Morocco, India, Argentina, Syria, the Balkans, etc. – have opened up new horizons.


The renovation of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in 2007 and the acquisition of the music library of the pianist François Lang in 2009 have brought precious new tools for developing a musical activity centring on early and modern keyboard instruments.
The prestigious setting of Royaumont Abbey, steeped in history, a touchstone of humanist values, set apart from the world, facilitates human and artistic encounters and constitutes a fertile philosophical environment for study and experimentation.


In 2013, the five programmes Voice, New Voices, Transcultural Musics, Choreographic Research and Composition and Keyboards offer nineteen training courses intended for students or active artists seeking vocational training to perfect their skills or recharge their creative batteries, enabling them to prepare or expand their careers. Some of these courses lead to occupational integration schemes.
The presence of ensembles in residence such as Pygmalion, Aka Moon, the Diotima Quartet and La Risonanza, along with partnerships with institutions like the Opéra de Rouen, Les Bouffes du Nord, the Festival of Aix-en-Provence and the Musée de la Cité de la Musique ensure these courses lie at the heart of the reality of the artistic world.


Francis Maréchal, Director General
Sylvie Brély, Head of Artistic Programmes

> Keyboards programme

> Voix nouvelles programme

> Voice programme

> Transcultural Music Programme: pre-programme

> How to apply




Contact :

Fondation Royaumont

F-95270 Asnières-sur-Oise