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Sep 03, 2017

FOCUS Early Music with the Institut Français

From September 27th to October 1st 2017, the Institut français will organize the first Focus dedicated to French Early Music. About forty foreign professionals will be invited for a journey built with several partners whose programming is dedicated to these musics.

The aim of the Focus will be to highlight both the French repertoire and, above all, the interpreters' know-how in terms of interpretation on period instruments. Today, a new generation of musicians arrives in the concert halls. These musicians have spent their childhood in the interpretations of pioneers such as William Christie, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, etc. They were trained in early music classes in France, Germany and the Netherlands. And they restore their vision of the old repertory, a vision both historically informed and resolutely modern, which is nourished both by increasingly scientific knowledge, and by new scenic forms, which are presented on international stages.

It is this new generation of interpreters, still not really identified internationally, that the Institut français wishes to highlight on the occasion of this Focus. The journey route will begin in Versailles where the Baroque Music Center and the Palace of Versailles will host the international programmers on September 27th and 28th, will continue in Lyon on the 29th (speed-meetings, meeting with French programmers at the Auditorium of Lyon, Audition of the class of old music of the National Conservatory of Music of Lyon), and will end in Ambronay on September 30th and October 1st, as part of the Festival d'Ambronay.

As for the other Focus organized by the Institut français, all the main players in the sector will be solicited: the Ministry of Culture, the major professional networks (FEVIS, REMA-EEMN, Bureau Export ...) as well as the main structures of teaching of early music in France (CMBV, CNSMD of Lyon). The French cultural network will also intervene to identify the international programmers, and help finance their arrival in France