Stéphane Degout baritone
Cédric Tiberghien pianist
Raphaël Pidoux cello


Stéphane Degout, baritone

Laureate of the Fondation Royaumont and trained at the Opéra de Lyon and the Académie d’Aix-en-Provence – he enjoys an international career under the baton of R. Jacobs, W. Christie, P. Jordan, S. Rattle, R. Muti, E. Pekka Salonen and R. Pichon. Pichon. His discography includes a collection of French melodies and several operas – La Bohème, Così fan tutte, Pelléas et Mélisande. Stéphane Degout is deeply attached to French mélodie and German lieder, which he has worked on extensively under the direction of Ruben Lifschitz, and gives numerous recitals on international tours. Stéphane Degout is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Lyric Artist of the Year 2012.

Cédric Tiberghien pianist

After studying with Gérard Frémy and Frédéric Aguessy at the CNSM in Paris, Cédric Tiberghien won several international prizes, including the 1998 First Grand Prize and no less than five special prizes at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition.
Cédric Tiberghien has performed with the finest phalanges, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Washington, Seattle, Sydney, London, Paris and the BBC, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Budapest Festival and the Zurich Tonhalle, Orchestre national de France, Hamburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic and Radio France, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, Jiří Bělohlávek, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simone Young, Myung-Whun Chung. He has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Barbican in London, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Bechstein Centrum in Berlin, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Sydney Opera House and Bunka Kaikan and Asahi Halls in Tokyo.

Raphaël Pidoux, cello

Raphaël Pidoux won first prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1987, and completed the advanced cycle with Philippe Muller and chamber music with Jean-Claude Pennetier in the Trio Wanderer. He studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University in the USA.
In 1988, he won the International Bach Competition in Leipzig.
Alongside his career with the Trio Wanderer, Raphaël Pidoux plays regularly with Christophe Coin and the Limoges Baroque Ensemble, the Manfred and Mosaïques Quartets, the “Les Siècles” Orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth, and the Rouen Opera. He also tackles the Piazzolla repertoire with accordionist Richard Galliano. He performs in “Bach Suite”, choreographed by Nureyev with Kader Belarbi at the Paris Opera.
Raphaël Pidoux teaches cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. With his Trio Wanderer colleagues, Raphaël Pidoux opened a piano trio class at the CRR de Paris to prepare for concerts and international competitions.
He plays a cello by Goffredo CAPPA (Saluzzo 1680).


  • 4 vocal-piano duets (all voices)
  • 1 flutist (transverse flute playing panpipes)
  • 1 string quartet
  • 1 harpist

Terms and conditions



From Monday 8 to Saturday 13 July 2024, as follows:

  • Monday, July 8, 2024 at Bibliothèque La Grange-Fleuret (11 bis rue de Vézelay 75008 Paris)
  • Tuesday July 9 to Saturday July 13, 2024 at Royaumont Abbey

Training duration: 6 days, 42 hours
Training schedule: see program sheet below.

The participants formally commit themselves to follow the entire curriculum.

All Royaumont Foundation training programs have a minimum access time of 11 working days.
For example, if the Royaumont Foundation validates the application on June 14, it can offer the beneficiary a course that begins on June 29.

Public presentation

Fenêtre sur cour(s) on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 6pm.


Pre-selection based on application and audition.

  • For vocal-piano duets: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 in Paris (venue to be confirmed).
  • For flautists, harpists and quartet players: Monday, December 11, 2023 in Paris (venue to be confirmed).
Elements to be provided

For the application and selection process, you will need to provide the following:

  • letter of motivation
  • biography (imperative: 600 characters including spaces)
  • CV
  • picture
  • 1 or more video files related to the chosen course (please note that WeTransfer links will not be uploaded)

Closing date for applications

Sunday, October1, 2023 at midnight

Fiche programme

version n°1 of 07/13/2023

Number of traines minimum / maximum

Floor: 8 singers, 1 flutist (panpipes), 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 harpist
Headcount: 10 singers, 1 flutist (panpipes), 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 harpist

Pre-requisites and conditions of access to the course

Young professional singer in the final stages of higher education
Participants formally undertake to complete the entire 6-day course.
The conditions of access are transmitted during the training.

Targeted competencies / operational objectives

At the end of the training, the beneficiary will be able to :

  • Deepen your knowledge of chamber music works based on sources
  • Studying the repertoire with specialists
  • Working on style
  • Enhance your understanding of French poetry
  • Present your work to the public at the end of the course

Educational objectives


  • Analyze a work (form, rhythm, harmony…)
  • Acquire the technical tools needed to interpret a repertoire, and know when and how to use them.
  • Understand a sung text in its literal meaning as well as its subtext
  • Integrate the pronunciation of sung texts in one’s mother tongue as well as in foreign languages
  • Defining the dramaturgical content of a work
  • Memorize musical works to detach oneself from the score
  • Identify the specific characteristics of the professional network in which the beneficiary wishes to pursue a career


  • Build a coherent concert program with a given timing
  • Efficiently repeat a program in a limited amount of time
  • Findyour musical and human place in a band
  • Acquire the technical tools needed to interpret a repertoire, and know when and how to use them.
  • Work and search in the music library: find a specific work or search for lesser-known works to perform, identify an edition and its relevance to a composer’s work.
  • Take into account the information provided by a musicologist specializing in a given repertoire to fine-tune your interpretation of a work.
  • Define one’s own interpretation of a work, based on advice from supervisors
  • Affirm your career plan by defining the various stages and a development strategy
  • Publicize your work to the public, the press and professionals

soft skills

  • Hearing and understanding managers’ requests and musical suggestions
  • Clearly express musical intentions and justify them
  • Communicating with kindness to the artists with whom we play the difficulties we may encounter in our relationships.
  • Share your interpretation with an audience during the final performance
  • Exchanging musical ideas with artists with whom we play and defining a common discourse
  • Adapt to the demands of a repertoire (pronunciation, musicality of a language…)
  • Benefit from the learning of other training participants
  • Identify all the people present at the training session and their roles: supervising artists, artistic director, administrator, production manager, receptionist…
  • Identify the various contacts in a professional sector and know how to approach them to develop your artistic projects.

Course description/content of the training

The entire program is designed around an immersive, co-constructed pedagogy.
This new program, organized in one session, will combine theoretical and practical approaches, in the form of experimental workshops, creative phases, seminars, meetings, conferences and role-playing situations, with the common thread for this third edition: from solo form to collective project.

DAY 1 10 a.m.: Welcome and tour de table
11 a.m.-1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.:
Group lessons, detailed work on each work, definition of aesthetic and technical specificities
Face-to-face reception, with all the participants in the training.
DAYS 2 to 510am-1pm/14.30pm-6.30pm: Group lessons, detailed work on each work, definition of aesthetic and technical specificitiesSessions facilitated by the speakers.
DAY 610am-1pm/14.30pm-4.30pm: Group lessons, detailed work on each work, definition of aesthetic and technical specificities
6pm-7.30pm: Fenêtre sur cour(s) (Window on the courtyard): rehearsals open to the public, presentation of the group and the work carried out during the week.
Sessions facilitated by the speakers.

This sample schedule can be adapted to suit the needs of the course and its participants.

Methods used

Teaching aids :

Practical, face-to-face teaching in the form of performance classes given by the main instructor in small groups or collectively, depending on the repertoire covered.
A public presentation at the end of the course can take the form of a masterclass, a presentation of the entire body of work performed or other…
It brings together all beneficiaries and does not give rise to remuneration.

Technical resources available :

The rooms are spacious, equipped with music stands (solid or folding), chairs or stools suitable for musicians (without armrests) and the instruments required for training.
Beneficiaries bring their own instruments and scores, which are not supplied.
Outside lesson times, rehearsal spaces can be made available free of charge, on request and subject to availability.
The abbey monument in its entirety (rooms and gardens)
Documentation via private Drive

Monitoring and evaluation methods

Before training :

Selection of trainees by the pedagogical managers of the CRRs in the Ile-de-France region
Registration only with the partner CRR establishments. No registration on Royaumont website

During the course, face-to-face

  • Evaluation of the beneficiary’s responsiveness and ability to quickly integrate the suggestions made by the consultant.
  • During the presentation at the end of the training: the interpretation of one or several works in a real situation in front of an audience allows to appreciate the evolution of the interpretation, as well as the emotional and physical postures.

The interview is used to evaluate and guide career choices.
In particular, the following are observed for the beneficiary :

  • the quality of physical and gestural ease,
  • the relevance of interpretation in relation to historical and musicological analysis,
  • accuracy and coherence within the ensemble,
  • the relevance of work techniques,
  • taking into account the spatial and acoustic configuration of the site,
  • the quality of the relationship with the public.

The beneficiaries sign a sign-in sheet for each half-day.

End course :

A certificate stating the objectives, nature and duration of the course, and the results of the training assessment, is given to the beneficiary, along with the certificate where applicable.
The beneficiary fills in a qualitative evaluation form in order to assess the training’s achievements from an artistic, pedagogical, human and material point of view.
Concerts outside the training framework enable us to monitor the development of the beneficiary’s career after the training courses, and in particular to evaluate the quality of performance and the number of concerts given.
A post-training follow-up is established, for which the beneficiaries are asked to inform during the six months following the end of the training of the contracts they have obtained.

Accessibility and consideration of disability situations

The Royaumont Foundation has made the acceptance and participation of people with disabilities a strong commitment to its project. Our training courses are open to people with disabilities and different arrangements can be made according to the specificities of each course. To discuss your needs, please contact us when you register.

  • Rooms accessible by elevator.
  • Screen equipment and amplified speakers.
  • Catering on the first floor.

Pedagogical manager

François Naulot, artistic director of the Voix et Répertoire division

Administrative referent

Catherine Huet, administrator of the Voix et Répertoire division

Disability referents

Samuel Agard and Doriane Trouboul

La Fondation Bettencourt Schueller est le mécène principal du pôle Voix et répertoire de la Fondation Royaumont.

Coproduction Bibliothèque La Grange-Fleuret

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