Formed Ensembles
WINDS: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
STRINGS: Violin, Viola, Cello*, Bass*
BRASS: French Horn
*complimentary rental provided

SESSION II (Postponed until 2017)



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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Come be inspired by the incredible beauty of the region and the musicianship of your peers...
Session II Concert Schedule
(dates subject to change)

Jul 24, 2016


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


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


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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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.  




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.




GUEST ARTISTS - to be announced soon

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.


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