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

SESSION II (Postponed until 2017)



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.




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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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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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.  


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. 


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

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