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Students perform in Cagnes sur Mer

Students perform in Cagnes sur Mer

La Bolline, Valdeblore

La Bolline, Valdeblore

Student in St. Cezare

Student in St. Cezare

Student Concert at Valdeblore

Student Concert at Valdeblore

Dormitory in Valdeblore

Dormitory in Valdeblore

Students in Nice on Excursion

Students in Nice on Excursion

Students perform in Cagnes sur Mer

Students perform in Cagnes sur Mer

Students in La Bolline

Students in La Bolline


Clarinet - Flute - Violin - Viola - Cello - Piano 
Chamber music - Composition
Pre-Formed Ensembles


The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival session in Valdeblore, now in its 11th season, is designed as a two-week intensive course where young professionals and highly advanced students can immerse themselves in their practicing without distraction, surrounded by the untold beauty of the French Alps.


In addition to private instruction, the session offers chamber music and multiple performance opportunities throughout the Côte d'Azur.


Private Instruction:


Each instrumental student will have four, one-hour, individual lessons with the professor of their choice.  


*For Cello Students - we are pleased to provide complimentary instrument rentals for an internationally recognized string shop in Nice.

Chamber Music Coaching:


Students will be assigned to at least one chamber music ensemble, which will meet and rehearse daily.  Each ensemble, will receive four, one-hour coachings from the Zodiac Trio and the attending faculty.  



Each student is guaranteed to give at least one solo performance, and to participate in a chamber music performance. The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival is engaged by various venues on the Côte D'Azur, which provide students with opportunities to perform throughout the region. All performances are video and audio recorded, and are made available to the students at the end of the session, free of charge.

Specialized Classes  

Clinics and Seminars:


In addition to clinics and studio labs organized by the attending faculty, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival will present educational clinics, open to all students. Some previous topics have included:


"Finding Your Place in the Music Industry: Entrepreneurship and beyond..." 


"Chamber Music Career" seminar

"Orchestra Life" seminar



In addition to outside concerts presenting the Festival's students and faculty, the Festival will organize an excursion to the Cap of Nice, allowing for the exploration of Old Nice, Nice Castle, Promenade des Anglais, and of course, the beach! 

There will also be a free day to allow students to enjoy the fantastic surroundings of the region, including hiking, mountain tobogganing and zip lining through the mountains, amongst other activities!


It still remains one of the best decisions I ever made to come to Zodiac last summer, and I can't even begin to thank each of you enough for everything you do to make the festival such an inspiring, encouraging, supportive, and fun place for all of us. It's an experience that continues to have an impact on me throughout the year, and I'm incredibly grateful to know you all. 

Natasha Loomis, flute
Rutgers University, DMA

The people make the place, and this place is breathtaking to begin with. Thank you to everyone who helped to fill these two weeks with beauty, support, love, laughter, inspiration, and spectacular music

Katharine Burns, cello
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver 

W.A. Mozart - Kegelstatt Trio

Mozart Kegelstatt Trio

Mozart Kegelstatt Trio

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Working with living composers, commissioning new works and performing contemporary music is an integral part of a successful musical career.  The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival selects five young composers each year to participate in its composition program. This composition course will not only provide private instruction, composition seminars and performance opportunities, but more importantly allow both composers and instrumentalists to collaborate on their own terms, explore, and influence the direction of music together.


The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival composition course is lead by award-winning and critically-acclaimed composer Robert Paterson (Mostly Modern Projects).


Each composer will be paired with an assigned chamber ensemble from the festival roster and commissioned to write an eight-minute work, which will be premiered at one of the festival’s public concerts. Ample rehearsal time will be given for each composer’s work. It is our goal that these composer/performer collaborations will create lasting friendships that will continue beyond the festival.


All participants will meet for a daily composition seminar, where a variety of pertinent topics important to composers and seminal musical works will be discussed. In addition, each composer will receive three one-hour private lessons with Mr. Paterson and have daily access to a working studio and piano.


Additionally, all composition students are welcome to participate in all the seminars and clinics offered by the Festival during the session, and are invited to join chamber ensembles (instrumental proficiency permitting), to allow for a larger scope of musical experience.

Chamber Music Ensemble Collaboration

Each composer will collaborate with a chamber music ensemble, as they work together to prepare the commissioned work for a performance during one of the Festival's concerts.

Daily Composition Seminars

Composition students will meet with Mr. Paterson every morning as a group to discuss a myriad of topics and review works in progress.

Two One-Hour Lessons (further time is available upon request)

Each student will receive private instruction in the form of three one-hour lessons

Performance of Commissioned Work

Participating composer will be commissioned to write an 8-minute work, which will be performed at the end of the Festival.

Composer/Performance Seminars with the Zodiac Trio and the Attending Faculty

Throughout its career, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned dozens pieces, working with composers such as Andrew List, Nicolas Bacri and Richard Danielpour, and have instigated numerous call-for-score projects.  As part of the educational aspect of the trio's career, the ensemble often works with student composer at various universities across the United States and Canada, presenting clinics and seminars that addresses the performer-composer relationship. During their visit, the Zodiac Trio will discuss these collaborations in detail with the participating composers in an informal and personal setting.

Additionally, the composer seminar will be visited regularly by the attending faculty in order to discuss their instruments in detail, and relate their experiences working with composers.

Come be inspired by the incredible beauty of the region and the musicianship of your peers...
Watch the video below from composer Michael Grebla (2018) about his Zodiac Festival experience...

I just wanted to let you know again what an incredible experience I had at the festival. I feel like I gained so much perspective about what it means to be a musician and I met so many amazing people.

Kevin Kim, composer
The Juilliard School, BM

Zodiac Trio premieres "Trio" by Su Jin Kang