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Classical and contemporary music

From medieval music to contemporary composers, the Institut français supports the circulation of French artists and contributes to their development abroad.

Artistic Cooperation Projects

In addition to works, French artists convey a style and sound that exist nowhere else. French ensembles are active in offering a rediscovery and enhancement of great composers. In the contemporary repertoire, they are endowed with technological know-how that is in demand. Common creations, residencies, concerts, master classes are the means for passing on such know-how.
In 2015: The Ars Nova ensemble in Mexico for an academy of young composers organized by French percussionist Jean-Paul Bernard and Mexican composer Anna Lara; the Akadêmia ensemble conducted by Françoise Lasserre, to train young singers in India.
In 2014, particularly the first Outside the Walls forum of IRCAM in Seoul, revolving around innovative technology for music and sound; the first edition of an academy of percussions in China, with Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon; composer Bruno Mantovani instructing students of the Bolivar Foundation in Venezuela.
And, the 7th edition of Suona Francese in Italy; the Quatuor Diotima residency in Taiwan, the Greece-France Alliance program.
Contemporary Creation Support Fund
Co-founded and co-funded by the Institut français, three bilateral funds to support contemporary creation – Diaphonique with the U.K., Impuls with Germany, and FACE with the U.S. – give support to bilateral cooperation projects in their artistic design as well as in their distribution in the two partner countries.

Supporting the distribution of contemporary works

This consists in bringing contemporary works to life following their creation, and making them part of a repertoire that can inspire other ensembles.
In 2015: Composer Pierre Boulez’ 90th birthday in the U.K. as part of the London-Paris Tandem event; spotlight on Franco-Greek composer Georges Aperghis at the MaerzMusik Festival in 2015 in Germany, especially his work, Situations, for 23 soloists; The Exhausted, a new pieced by Austrian composer Bernhard Lang in reply to an order from the Bendigo International Festival and Made in France, a program bringing together major works of French contemporary music of the past 15 years, by Soundinitiative.
In 2014: Ancient and Contemporary works by composers from the Mediterranean Basin by the Eléments choir conducted by Joël Suhubiette, in the Middle East, French and Chinese contemporary composers by the Les Temps Modernes ensemble in China

International Development of Emerging Artists

Budding artists, scheduled to perform in Asia, Latin America, Europe, North America and India, above all help liven up the French repertoire.
In 2015: The Amarillis ensemble performing the comic opera La double coquette in Asia; Garras de Oro, cinema concert by the Le Balcon ensemble, in Colombia.
In 2014: A tour of the Correspondances ensemble, conducted by Sébastien Daucé, in Malta and Lebanon, with Litanies à la Vierge by Charpentier; the Les Surprises ensemble in the Middle East, with a program devoted to the Reibels, father and son.

Supporting international tours of French artists

In 2015: Tenor Jeffrey Thompson and the Baroque ensemble La Rêveuse in Canada; Quatuor Cambini, one of the rare string quartets to play on ancient instruments, in North America; Doulce Mémoire and Magnificences à la Cour de François Ier in Asia.
In 2014: The Clément Janequin Ensemble paying a tribute to Rameau at the Ancient Music Days of Bratislava event; Les Arts Florissants, Intercontemporain, Carabosse, Les Cris de Paris and  Sillages at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico.

Finding artistic stages with FOCUS

FOCUS on Contemporary Music aims at helping foreign professionals find French musical stages. Organized in partnership with IRCAM within the scope of the Manifeste Festival held on June 10-14, 2015 in Paris, the first edition of this FOCUS brought together 50 foreign professionals from 30 countries (programmers, Artistic Directors and Directors of Halls and/or Festivals) who were invited to follow an artistic path (concerts, roundtables, showcases, auditions, speed meetings) in diverse esthetic forms and formats, in the aim of future collaborations.

Photograph: Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon, invited to China to take part in a percussion academy (2014)
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