The Voix Nouvelles Academy is open to composers and performers wishing to hone their skills in the interpretation of the contemporary repertory and presents a rare opportunity to progress under the guidance of world-famous composers and performers.

For composers, it recreates the complete process of creation of a new work, in professional conditions: commission, composition, rehearsals, concert, under the supervision of internationally renowned tutors belonging to different aesthetics. It calls on the leading ensembles to rehearse and perform the works and to advise and interact with the composers, taking an active part in the elaboration of the work. The academy also gives the opportunity of composing and getting to a better knowledge of specific instruments, like this year, the shô, the accordeon, the organ, the contrabass flute.

In its duration and its exceptional working conditions, the academy constitutes a unique forum for exchanges between composers, performers and thinkers. Several specialists in the domains of management, musical production economics, author rights, the record industry, radio and journalism will also be invited.

For its 2021 edition, the Royaumont Festival will be placed under the idea of the american counter-culture. Some composers will be invited to get inspiration from the PInk Floyd’s concert at Royaumont in 1971 (50th anniversary of the event : see here)


Simon Steen-Andersen, composer (Denmark, 1976)

from August 30th to September 5th

Simon Steen-Andersen is a Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations.

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*2007 : compositeur-stagiaire de la Session de composition, œuvre In her Frown

The works from the last decade concentrates on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions.

Simon Steen-Andersen received numerous prizes and grants – latest the Mauricio Kagel Music Prize and the Siemens Composer’s’ Prize 2017, Nordic Council Music Prize and the SWR Orchestra Prize 2014, the Carl Nielsen Prize (DK) and the Kunstpreis Musik from Akademie der Kunste in Berlin 2013, the International Rostrum of Composers, the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm Residency 2010 and the Kranichsteiner Music Award 2008. Member of the German Academy of the Arts 2016. Works commissioned by ensembles, orchestras and festivals such as ensemble Recherche, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, the SWR Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Ensemble Ascolta, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, 2e2m, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultraschall, Wittener Days of New Chamber Music and ECLAT. Furthermore worked with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zurich, ICTUS, Arditti, London Sinfonietta, Intercontemporain, asamisimasa and NADAR.

Simon Steen-Andersen studied composition with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Mathias Spahlinger, Gabriel Valverde and Bent Sorensen in Aarhus, Freiburg, Buenos Aires and Copenhagen 1998-2006. Since 2008 Simon Steen-Andersen is a lecturer of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2013-2014 he was visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and in 2014-16 he was lecturer at the Darmstadt Sommer Courses, in 2017 he was a guest professorat University of the Arts in Berlin.

Clara Iannotta, composer (Italy, 1983)

from August 20th to September 5th

Clara Iannotta is an Italian composer and curator based in Berlin.
Her music is commissioned and performed by renowned ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Intercontemporain, JACK, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten, Münchener Kammerorchester, Nikel, and WDR Orchestra.

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*2011 : compositrice-stagiaire de l’Académie Voix Nouvelles, œuvre créée Limun. 2012 : son œuvre Àphones 2 est jouée lors du concert « Jeune création et nouveaux réseaux européens »

Iannotta has been a fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD in 2013, Villa Médicis (Académie de France à Rome) in 2018–19, and the recipient of several prizes including the Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize and Hindemith-Preis 2018, Una Vita nella Musica Giovani 2019, Bestenliste 2/2016 der deutschen Schallplattenkritik for her first portrait CD A Failed Entertainment.

Since 2014, Iannotta has been the artistic director of the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik.

Aurélien Dumont, composer (France, 1980)

from August 20th to September 5th

“Pensionnaire” of the Académie de France in Rome – Villa Médicis in 2017-2018, Aurélien Dumont (born in 1980 in Marcq-en-Baroeul) is a doctor in musical composition as part of the SACRe program of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (PSL) and the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, where he followed the teaching of Gérard Pesson. He is also studying at IRCAM, in courses 1 and 2 in composition and computer music.

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*2009 : compositeur-stagiaire de la Session de composition, œuvre créée Une Rumeur coule sous tes pas. Il scintille… 2010 : œuvre Sérieux Gravats – Nara II jouée par l’Ensemble Linea

His music questions the concept of « alterity» as defined by the philosopher François Jullien, as a possible way to understand the complexity of our contemporary world. Working with other artists, opening to Japanese culture and music of the past, the crystallization of social issues and developing a close electronic sound design pose the aesthetic foundations of a music that arises by tensioning objects designed in « bricks languages » (Roland Barthes).

Aurélien Dumont has won several international competitions (Pierre Cardin Prize awarded by the French Institute, Hervé Dugardin prize and Georges Enesco prize by SACEM, San Fedele Prize in Milan, Takefu International Music Festival Prize, GRAME’s new forum jeune création Prize, Salabert Foundation Prize, etc.)

His works, which cover a wide range of chamber music to opera, are played worldwide by renowned performers (François-Frédéric Guy, Marc Mauillon, Catalina Vicens, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Recherche, Quatuor Diotima, Sonar Quartett, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble Itinéraire, Ensemble KNM Berlin, Ensemble 2E2M, Ensemble Mozaik, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble Next Mushroom Promotion, Ensemble Muromachi, Ensemble les Cris de Paris, Ensemble Aedes,…); his first monographic disc While, published by NoMad music label in September 2015, was praised by critics and received Coup de Cœur by Académie Charles Cros.

His second CD portrait Stillness, played by Ensemble Linea and conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz, released by the American label Odradek in February 2018, was selected by Le Monde and receives the prestigious International Grand Prix of the Académie Charles Cros.

Passionate about transmission, Aurélien Dumont was invited to Santiago de Chile’s Composers’ Meetings in 2016, in residence at the Théâtre de Cornouaille – Quimper National Stage, for the 2015-2017 seasons, in residency at the Ensemble 2E2M in 2018, at the Conservatoire d’Ivry-sur-Seine for the 2017-2019 seasons and at Maison Maria Casarès for the 2019-2021 seasons.

Thomas Lacôte, organist (France)

*2018 : atelier de formation Olivier Messiaen avec Florent Boffard, Yves Balmer et Chris Murray. 2019 : visite-concert orgue Faites vos jeux : la palette de l’organiste ; visite-concert orgue Aimez-vous Franck ? ; visite-concert orgue Trois lectures improvisées avec Aleksi Barrière récitant ; atelier de formation Franck à l’orgue Cavaillé-Coll et au piano avec Bertrand Chamayou et Yves Balmer ; concerts César Franck et invention musicale et Immortal Bach
Artiste en résidence à Royaumont (2019-2021)

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Among his last works, Uchronies (I and II) for 2 pianos, commissioned by the Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije and the Ministry of Culture, Sept jours, for voice and piano on poems by Frédéric Jacques Temple, and two commissions from Radio-France: La nuit sera calme, for percussion and organ, and La voix plus loin, for two horns and organ.
A first monographic disc entitled The Fifth Hammer was released by Hortus in 2013.
In 2019, SACEM awarded him the Hervé Dugardin Composition Prize.

Professor at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), after having been a student and assistant to Michaël Levinas, he teaches musical analysis and compositional techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries.
His online research notebook, Phtoggos, as well as many articles testify to his theoretical activity in diverse musical fields. With musicologists Y. Balmer and C.B. Murray, he is the author of the book Le modèle et l’invention, O. Messiaen et la technique de l’emprunt (Symétrie, 2017).
As a composer, performer, improviser or researcher, he is the guest of many international institutions such as Mozarteum, Göteborg Music Academy, Eastman School of Music, Conservatorio di Bologna, Royal College of Organists, Université Libre de Bruxelles…

Since 2019, Thomas Lacôte is artist in residence at the Royaumont Foundation. He is a member of the Musical Council of the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation.
His works are published by Editions Henry Lemoine.

Ensemble Linea (France)

*2009 : Session de composition ; concert Femmes. 2010 : Session de composition ; concert Linea. 2011 : concert Mathématique de la résonance ; concert Focus jeune création. 2013 : Formation direction d’orchestre

Ensemble Linea is an internationally renowned music ensemble founded in 1998 by pianist and conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz.
Linea has been regularly invited to play at music festivals and has notably performed in New York, Paris, Chicago, Seoul, Budapest, Brussels, Bilbao, Berlin, Huddersfield, Geneva, Lyon, Royaumont and Prague, among others. Its concerts have aired on radio channels such as France Musique, the BBC (United Kingdom) and the Südwestfunk (Germany).

Linea encourages and supports young composers by commissioning new works, organizing composition and performance masterclasses as well as concerts. Its unique multicultural approach focuses on developing collaborations with ensembles from all parts of the world and exploring repertoires across continents.

Linea has won the confidence of some of today’s leading contemporary composers right from its early years, resulting in promising and rich collaborations with Péter Eötvös, Brian Ferneyhough, Philippe Manoury and Helmut Lachenmann, among others.
Since 2014, Linea has also set up its own summer academy of contemporary music in Strasbourg.

Ensemble EXAUDI (UK)

*2016 : Académie Voix Nouvelles ; concert Le madrigal renouvelé

EXAUDI is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music. Founded by James Weeks (director) and Juliet Fraser (soprano) in 2002, EXAUDI is based in London and draws its singers from among the UK’s brightest vocal talents.

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EXAUDI’s special affinity is for the radical edges of contemporary music, at home equally with maximal complexity, microtonality and experimental aesthetics. The newest new music is at the heart of its repertoire, and it has given national and world premières of Sciarrino, Rihm, Finnissy, Frey, Posadas, Oesterle, Crane, Dusapin, Ferneyhough, Gervasoni, Skempton, Pesson, Poppe, Mažulis and Fox among many others. Through its commissioning scheme, EXAUDI is particularly committed to the music of its own generation, and is proud to champion the work of significant voices including Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson, Bryn Harrison, Amber Priestley, Matthew Shlomowitz, Joanna Bailie, Cassandra Miller, Andrew Hamilton, James Weeks and Claudia Molitor.

EXAUDI is also strongly involved with the emerging generation of young composers, and regularly takes part in composer development schemes and residencies such as Voix Nouvelles Royaumont, IRCAM Manifeste Academie and Snape composer residencies, as well as workshops at universities and conservatoires throughout the UK. EXAUDI has particularly strong links with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and City, University of London, where it is an Ensemble in Residence. In 2019 EXAUDI was proud to sign up to PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative, committing it to gender-balanced programming across its own-promotion concerts and commissions.

An enduring feature of EXAUDI’s programming has been the mixing of contemporary music with the music of the medieval, Renaissance and baroque periods. In 2012 the EXAUDI Italian Madrigal Book project was launched to create new repertoire to stand alongside the masterpieces of Monteverdi, Gesualdo and others; to date major cycles have been commissioned from composers such as Finnissy, Gervasoni and Fox and the project has toured to Italy, France and Luxembourg as well as extensively within the UK. In September 2019 EXAUDI released its first exclusively early music CD, a disc of Gesualdo madrigals, on the Winter&Winter label.

EXAUDI’s many international engagements include Wittener Tage, Darmstadter Ferienkurse, Musica Viva (Munich), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), IRCAM (Paris), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont), Pharos (Cyprus), Musica (Strasbourg), MAfestival (Bruges), CDMC (Madrid), MITO Settembre (Milan/Turin), Fundaciò BBVA (Bilbao) and Quincena Musical (San Sebastiàn). The ensemble has also collaborated with many leading ensembles including musikFabrik, Ensemble Modern, L’Instant Donné, London Sinfonietta, BCMG, Talea (NY), Helsinki Philharmonic and Ensemble InterContemporain.

EXAUDI has appeared at many leading UK venues and festivals, including Spitalfields, BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, City of London, Bath, Manchester International Festival and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals, Wigmore Hall, Café OTO, Kings Place and South Bank. EXAUDI broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and European radio stations, and has released fourteen critically acclaimed recordings on the NMC, ÆON, Métier, Winter&Winter, Mode, Confront and HCR labels.

James Weeks, conductor (UK)

*2016 : Académie Voix Nouvelles ; concert Le madrigal renouvelé

James Weeks’s music has been performed and broadcast worldwide; recent works have been completed for Ensemble Plus-Minus, Quatuor Bozzini, London Sinfonietta, EXAUDI, Alison Balsom, Apartment House and Anton Lukoszevieze.

His work can be heard on three portrait discs on Métier and confront recordings, as well as on the Wandelweiser, NMC and HCR labels. He founded EXAUDI with Juliet Fraser in 2002, and maintains a busy international touring schedule with the ensemble. In great demand as a guest conductor, he has worked with musikFabrik, London Sinfonietta, BCMG, L’Instant Donné, IXION, BBC Singers and Endymion. James is Associate Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

Jean-Philippe Wurtz, conductor (France)

*2009 : Session de composition ; concert Femmes. 2010 : Session de composition ; concert Linea. 2011 : concert Mathématique de la résonance ; concert Focus jeune création. 2017 : chef d’orchestre Formation Direction d’orchestre. 2019 : chef d’orchestre de l’Ensemble Ulysses

Jean-Philippe Wurtz studied at the National Conservatoire of the Region of Strasbourg where he obtained first prizes in piano, chamber music, analysis. He continued his studies for conducting at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule, under WD Hauschild and Peter Eötvös, and received instructions from Ernest Bour whom he met in Strasbourg. At the same time, he was admitted as a student to the International Eötvös Institute where he studied under Peter Eötvös.

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In 2001, he founded the LINEA ensemble devoted to contemporary music. From 1997-99, he works as Director of the musical studies at the Operas of Montpellier and starts an international career then.

He is invited by the major festivals: Strasbourg (Musica), Montpellier (Radio-France), Budapest (Autumn Festival), Bruxelles (Ars Musica), Huddersfield (HCMF), Madrid, Bucarest, Vitoria, Darmstadt (Ferienkursen), Buffalo (June in Buffalo), New York (Lincoln Center), Fondation Royaumont (France), Seoul (ACL)…

Jean-Philippe Wurtz is a very versatile performer. Particularly appreciated in contemporary works and first performances, his repertoire includes more than 300 premieres, among them new works by Klaus Huber, Peter Eötvös, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell, Wolfgang Rihm, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Unsuk Chin, Raphaël Cendo, Francesco Filidei, Alberto Posadas, Mark André, Frédéric Durieux…

Jean-Philippe Wurtz is a regular teacher and conductor at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin, and is curating the contemporary music program at the Royaumont Foundation since 2015, and leading the Departement for musical creation since March 2019.

*collaborations antérieures avec Royaumont


  • 10 composers


  • Individual classes (2 with each teacher)
  • Collective classes
  • Presentation by each participant of his/her own work
  • Presentation of specific instrumental techniques by the instrumentalists and singers of the ensembles
  • Rehearsals in the form of workshops

Concerts presenting the final state of the works (concerts will be recorded)
This workshop relates solely to the creation of new works written for the occasion. At least half the work must be sent by June 1st ; further steps include more complete delivery in the weeks before the course. The scores will then be revided during the session under the supervision of the tutors.

Vocal and instrumental forces

  • formation 1: flute, clarinet, harp, accordeon, cymbalum, shô, violin, viola, cello
  • formation 2: soprano1, soprano2, alto, tenor1, tenor2, bass, flute, accordeon, shô, viola
  • formation 3: soprano1, soprano2, alto (voice), tenor1, tenor2, basse (voice), cymbalum
  • formation 4: alto (voice), tenor, flute, clarinet, cymbalum, shô, violin, viola, cello
  • formation 5: soprano, flute, clarinet, harp, organ, violin, viola, cello
  • formation 6: accordeon, shô, violin, viola, cello
  • formation 7: bass (voice), harp, accordeon, cymbalum, organ, shô
  • formation 8: soprano, tenor, clarinet, harp, cymbalum, cello
  • formation 9: organ et accordeon
  • formation 10: organ


Selection on dossier via Ulysses Plateform

Elements required:

  • Biography*
  • CV (résumé)*
  • Letter of application* : motivation to participate, short ideas about the project including the three preferred instrumentations* (among formations 1 to 10, see above) [applications that don’t mention this information will not be considered]
  • Letter to the Amis of Royaumont, if you are conductor born after 1 January 1993: this is a letter if you want to apply for a grant give, by the Amis de Royaumont ; please describe your situation and why a grant is eventually needed in order the attend the course. Only write this letter if you apply for a grant.
  • Photo*
  • Three recent scores, and the three matching recordings

Application deadline: 10 January 2021

Results : 24 January 2021



from 20 August to 5 September 2021
15 days

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concerts on 5 September 2021 in the frame of Festival de Royaumont 2021

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Cet atelier de formation professionnelle est soutenu par la Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, la SACEM, Aéroports de Paris, la Fondation Honegger (sous égide de la Fondation de France), Christine Jolivet Erlih et les Amis de Royaumont.

La Fondation Royaumont est membre du Réseau ULYSSES cofinancé par le programme Europe créative de l’Union Européenne.

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