Valbonne Street

Valbonne Street

Valbonne

Valbonne

Valbonne Square

Valbonne Square

Antibes Market

Antibes Market

Antibes Beach

Antibes Beach

Juan Les Pins Beach

Juan Les Pins Beach

Antibes at Night

Antibes at Night

Antibes Street

Antibes Street

VALBONNE, CÔTE D'AZUR

CHAMBER MUSIC & COMPOSITION
 
Formed Ensembles
WINDS: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
STRINGS: Violin, Viola, Cello*, Bass*
BRASS: French Horn
&
Piano
 
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SESSION II (Postponed until 2017)

 

The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival's SESSION II is an advanced 10-day specialized course, concentrated on chamber music, composition and performing.  It invites  pre-professionals ready to embark on a performing career, to be completely immersed in chamber music.

 

With a rigorous performing schedule in various cities on the French Riviera such as Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Valbonne and others, SESSION II offers daily chamber music coachings, seminars on career development and chamber music-related topics and opportunities to perform in multiple ensembles, including performing in a chamber group with members of the Zodiac Trio.

Chamber Ensembles

 

Students participate in:

 

  • 2 Student Chamber Ensembles

  • 1 Ensemble with a member of the Zodiac Trio

 

 

Each participant will have the opportunity to play and perform in two different student chamber music ensembles.  Additionally, young artists are offered to perform in a chamber ensemble with a member of the Zodiac Trio. 

Performances

 

  • Three public performances

 

 

Participants will perform two different chamber music works, one with each ensemble, on public concerts throughout the Côte D'Azur where the Festival is engaged.   

Daily Coachings

 

  • 2 one-hour coachings daily

 

Each student will be placed in two different ensembles, each receiving daily coachings from the Zodiac Trio.  The assigned repertoire will represent masterworks that are considered a must for all performing musicians

Specialized Classes  

Clinics and Seminars:

 

The Program also offers a number of specialized Clinics and Seminars to address topics such as enterpreneurship, career-building, finding performances, as well various aspects of forging a path in chamber music.  

Master Classes:

 

To further diversify the participants' experience, and expose them to the French School of music-making, the Program will invite renowned chamber musicians of international standing to coach the groups in a masteclass setting.

Working with Composers:

 

Selected ensembles will be assigned to collaborate with a composer-in-residence on a commissioned work, to be performed during the Festival.  

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 SESSION will select up to four young composers  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 composer Andrew List – a long-time collaborator of the Zodiac Trio.

 

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. List 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.

 

 
 

Commissioned Work Performance

Each composer will be commissioned by the Festival to write a work for a chamber ensemble, which will be performed during one the Festival's concerts.  The composer will collaborate with a chamber music ensemble during the session, as they work together to prepare the commissioned work for a performance.

"Salon Piece" Commission

Additionally, each coposer will be commissioned a short piece for a solo instrument from the Festival roster to be performed on one of the Festival "salon series" soirees, to further the collaboration between attending composers and instrumentalist.

Composer/Performance Seminars with the Zodiac Trio

Throughout its career, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned over a dozen works, working with composers such as Andrew List and Richard Danielpour, have instigated numerous call for score projects, and have had over 100 works written for them in all. As part of the educational aspect of the Zodiac Trio’s career, the ensemble often works with student composers at various Universities across the United States, presenting clinics and seminars on the Performer-Composer relationship. In this seminar, the Zodiac Trio will discuss these collaborations in detail with the participating composers, in an informal and personal setting.

 

Three One-Hour Lessons

Each student will receive private instruction in the form of 3 one-hour lessons

Daily Composition Seminars

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

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Session II Concert Schedule
(dates subject to change)

Jul 24, 2016

Valbonne

Opening Concert with the Zodiac Trio

An opening concert with the Zodiac Trio and guest artists, featuring a program that includes music by resident composer Andrew List.

 

Wine reception to follow. 

 

Jul 29, 2016

Antibes

Concert featuring student ensembles

First concert feautring performances by student chamber ensembles. Concert to include world premieres by select resident student composers. 

 

Wine reception to follow. 

Jul 30, 2016

Cagnes sur Mer

Concert featuring student ensembles

Second concert feautring performances by student chamber ensembles. Concert to include world premieres by select resident student composers. 

 

Wine reception to follow. 

 

 

 

Aug 02, 2016

Valbonne

Closing Concert featuring students with Zodiac Trio members

Closing Gala concert featuring ensembles that incorporate both students and members of the Zodiac Trio, including performances of secelt "Salon" commissions. 

 

Wine reception to follow. 

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ZODIAC TRIO

In its almost 10-year history - the ensemble formed in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music before becoming thehe first American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaye Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory - the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.  

 

The Zodiac Trio rose to prominence following its initial debut on New York's WQXR's Young Artist Showcase, fueled by numerous victories on the competition circuit in the United States, France and Italy.  Currently, the Zodiac Trio enjoys an international concert schedule that spans three continents, frequenting venues such as Lincoln Center (U.S.), Ottawa Chamberfest (Canada), Festival Radio France Montpelier (France), International Colmar Festival (France), Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), Beijing Performing Arts Center (China) and Izumi Hall (Japan). The trio's live performances have been broadcast by France 3 Television, Radio France Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR and WNYC, Boston's WGBH’s and  Chicago's WFMT. amongst others.  

 

 

Dedicated to education, the trio has given masterclasses and clinics at Universities and Conservatories throughout the United States and Canada.  Dedicated to new music the Zodiac Trio has commissioned over a dozen new works, working with such composers as Grammy award-winner Richard Danielpour.  

 

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ANDREW LIST, composer

Andrew List (Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA) composes music in many different genres, including orchestral works, string quartet, vocal, choral music, opera, music for children, solo works, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, with B.A. and M.A. degrees in music composition. He received his doctorate in music composition from Boston University, where he studied with Bernard Rands, Samuel Headrick, and Nicholas Maw. Mr. List has also studied privately with Richard Danielpour.

 

Mr. List has received numerous commissions and performances from professional music ensembles and solo artists in the United States and Europe.  A short list include: The Boston Classical Orchestra, Zodiac Trio, Alea III, Esterhazy Quartet, Interensemble, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, North-South Consonance, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, George Lopez (pianist) Turtle Island String Quartet, Winston Choi (pianist), Emmanuel Feldman (cellist) soprano Lisa Saffer.  Highlights of his 2014-15 season include a collaboration with Mass Audubon on world premiere of “On The Wing, A Celebration of Birds in Spoken Words and Music” Double Concerto for Flute, Oboe and String Orchestra commissioned by the Boston Classical Orchestra’s in celebration of their 35th season, String Quartet No 5: "Time Cycles" a composition inspired by poet T.S. Eliot's monumental work Four Quartets commissioned by the Arneis Quartet, and a new work for oboe, bassoon and piano commissioned by The Boston Woodwind Society.

 

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GUEST ARTISTS - to be announced soon
 
Valbonne Street

Valbonne Street

Valbonne

Valbonne

Valbonne Square

Valbonne Square

Antibes Market

Antibes Market

Antibes Beach

Antibes Beach

Juan Les Pins Beach

Juan Les Pins Beach

Antibes at Night

Antibes at Night

Antibes Street

Antibes Street

Zodiac Music Academy & Festival's Session II is hosted at the International Center of Valbonne - a campus style collection of academic residencies that sits right atop of the towns of Valbonne and Antibes. The CIV boasts a little town square with a number of restaurants, bars as well as a bank, post office, pharmacy and other vital necesities.  However, it is its proximity to the landmarks of the French Riviera that makes it an ideal vantage point to discovering the region.  With the beach 15 minute away by bus, historic Antibes 10  minutes and a direct shuttle to Nice, this location offer the perfect opportunity to explore the Côte D'Azur while still being immersed in an intense chamber music performance experience. 

10 Min to Valbonne

Just 5 kilometers away (a direct 10 minute bus ride) is the namesake city of Valbonne.  An unforgetabbly old charming French town of Valbonne, which has a large Anglophone population, has retained much of its 16th-century character, though mixed with an active town atmosphere. In contrast to the twisty little streets in the hundreds of other medieval villages of Beyond, Valbonne village is laid out in neat, symmetrical rectangles planned by the Abbot of Lerins, following the layout of Roman cities.

In the center of the village is the very lovely, 16th-century Place des Arcades. This central square is surrounded on all four sides by picturesque arcades, café terraces and little shops. The arcade at the "Hotel Les Armoiries" is engraved with a stone as "1628".  Dispersed through the little streets are more shops, numerous art galleries and high-end restaurants here and there.

 

Learn more here: http://www.tourisme-valbonne.com/en/discover-the-town/

10 Minutes to Antibes

One of the crown jewels of the Côte D'Azur, the historic town of Antibes is accesible by a 10 minute bus ride from the International Center of Valbonne. 

 

Halfway between Nice and Cannes, Antibes offers silky sandy beaches, an enjoyable old town, good hiking, and a great Picasso collection. The town's glamorous port glistens below its fortifications, with luxurious yachts and brightly painted fishing boats. In the 1500s, Antibes' Fort Carré, which now dominates the port, was the last French stronghold before the Italian border. Today, its festive Old City is charming in a sandy-sophisticated way, and its daily market, spread beneath a 19th-century canopy, brings out the locals. Antibes sits atop the ruins of the fourth-century B.C. Greek city of Antipolis. 

 

Sitting serenely where the Old City meets the sea, Antibes' Picasso Museum offers a remarkable collection of the master's work — paintings, sketches, and ceramics. Picasso, who lived and worked here in 1946, said if you wanted to see work from his Antibes period, you'd have to do it in lovely Antibes. For an afternoon in the sun, stretch out on Antibes' golden sandy beaches — the best lie between the port and Cap d'Antibes. Antibes is also the launching point for several scenic hikes along the rocky coast.

15 Minutes to the Beach

The sandy beaches of Antibes are accesible by a 15 minute bus ride.

30 Minutes to Nice

30 minutes away lies the heart of the Côte D'Azur - its capital, Nice.   Nice, the fifth largest city in France, acts as a magnet attracting people from all over the world, for a multitude of reasons. Both elegant and simple, Nice's charm comes from its exceptional climate as well as its beauty. The architecture of Nice can be astonishing with the wild exaggerations of the Belle Epoque style or the Baroque influenced houses and mansions on the hills of Mont Boron. Fabulous creations have been realized in the floral gardens and parks of the hills of the Chateau, the Chambrun park or the Espace Massena.  The only way to get to know the real Nice is by strolling through the ochre colored streets listening to the "Nicois" speaking their own language (Nissart) and by tasting their savory cooking. Nice is also a city of art and culture and after Paris, has the most museums in France. Each day on the Cours Saleya there is the great flower market where one can also find fruit and vegetables in the mornings. Each quarter in Nice is alive with markets, boutiques and restaurants making the whole city a incredible place to visit.

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Accommodations

Faculty and Students are lodged at the International Center of Valbonne's brand new residence - Fénière. Inaugurated in June of 2015, it is a state of the art, modern facility that offers both single and double rooms. Participants are invited to practice in their rooms, as well as specially designated rooms throughout the residence hall, in addition to the main building where coachings and masterclasses are held.  

Meals

Participants are provided three meals daily -  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - at the International Center of Valbonne's cafeteria that offers a wide variety of options, buffet-style, including vegetarian, vegan and pescetarian. 

Practice Rooms

Participants are able to practicie in their rooms, in specially designated rooms at the residence hall, or use the practice rooms in the main building. 

Wi-Fi

Free Wi Fi is available throughout the residence, the meal hall, as well as most other spaces. 

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Instrumentalists
Double Room

All-inclusive Tuition

(no private lessons)

 

Rooms subject to availability

 

Transportation provided from the airport/train station on day of arrival and to the airport/train station on day of departure

 

 

Instrumentalists
Single Room

All-inclusive Tuition

(no private lessons)

 

Rooms subject to availability

 

Transportation provided from the airport/train station on day of arrival and to the airport/train station on day of departure

 

 

Composition
Double Room

All-inclusive Tuition

(including private lessons)

 

Rooms subject to availability

 

Transportation provided from the airport/train station on day of arrival and to the airport/train station on day of departure

 

 

Composition
Single Room

All-inclusive Tuition

(including private lessons)

 

Rooms subject to availability

 

Transportation provided from the airport/train station on day of arrival and to the airport/train station on day of departure

 

 

To be considered for the festival, each applicant is required to submit an application (below), an audio sample demonstrating their ability, and a non-refundable application fee.

 

Application Deadline - April 1, 2016 ($50 Application Fee)

 

 

These can be submitted electronically via PayPal (below); or mailed via ground mail to the following address: 

 

The Zodiac Music Festival 

7314 21st Avenue Suite 4D

Brooklyn, NY 11204

Audition Requirement

Each applicant must submit an audio sample in order to be considered for acceptance. 

 

The sample must consist of at least two separate works of any style,  showcasing the applicant's technical ability and musical expression, and must not exceed 30 minutes.  If sending a physical copy, CDs are the only acceptable format.  You may also send mp3 files electronically, which is preferred.

Composition students

Composition Students ONLY: Prospective students should email to Andrew List (alist@berklee.edu) two scores in PDF form (one should be chamber music) and a Sound cloud or website link to recordings. (Midi recordings acceptable).

Age Eligibility

17-35

Health Insurance

Accepted applicants must submit proof of health insurance, signifying coverage while in France (to be submitted after receiving acceptance confirmation).

Payment Schedule

Application Fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee must accompany your application. Tuition Deposit: 50% of the tuition is due within two-weeks of acceptance, in order to reserve your place. Balance of Tuition must be received no later than June 1st, 2015. Tuition Fees will not be refunded after June 1st, 2015. 

Other Information

- Fees will not be refunded after June 1st

-Although the Academy & Festival will strive to provide supervision of its students to the best of its ability, it is not responsible for the supervision of minors. 

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