The composition workshops allow young composers to work on specific themes defined by the guest composers. Through work sessions and rehearsals with the artists and performers, students benefit from the experience and advice of mentors in order to produce and finalize a new work.

ManiFeste-2021 © photo : Quentin Chevrier

Élan Award

Concours international de composition pour orchestre
Marie-Ange Nguci, piano, Orchestre national d’Île-de-France – Conductor: Georg Köhler
Academic Advisor: Augusta Read Thomas (composer)

IRCAM and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France—two musical structures strongly committed to contemporary creation and a new generation of artists—have joined forces to create the Élan Prize, a new international competition for orchestral composition, bringing together "Île de créations" (the orchestral composition competition created in 2010 by the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France) and IRCAM's ManiFeste academy. The young composers selected to compete for the Élan Prize will benefit from an exceptional creation support platform combining the know-how of the two structures in orchestral and electronic composition training. They will be guided in their compositional work by both the Orchestra's musicians and IRCAM's teams, as well as by guest artists who will join the supervision every year.

As part of the ManiFeste Festival Academy, the four finalists will attend a workshop on orchestral composition and participate in rehearsals of the piano concertos they have written for the competition. These will be performed by pianist Marie-Ange Nguci and the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France at the Philharmonie de Paris, under the baton of Georg Köhler. At the end of this public concert, the Élan Prize, endowed by France Musique and the Maison de la Musique Contemporaine, will be awarded. The winner will have his or her creation broadcast on France Musique during Anne Montaron's program "Création mondiale" and his or her score published by Éditions Durand-Salabert-Eschig / Universal Music.

The winner will also receive a commission from IRCAM and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France to write a new work for solo instrument, orchestra and electronics, which will be premiered at the ManiFeste festival the following year. For the realization of the electronic part, he or she will benefit from the assistance of an IRCAM computer music designer.

The winning work will be performed again during a series of concerts during the orchestra's seasons, on tour in  Île-de-France and throughout France, in order to ensure that they are widely performed. A real springboard for the careers of young composers, the Élan Prize is thus designed to promote their influence and offer them professional support over several years.

Photo: The Orchestre national d’Île-de-France © Christophe Urbain

Conducted Ensemble

Ensemble intercontemporain  – Conductor: Jean Deroyer
Educational Advisor: Misato Mochizuki (composer)

From left to right: L'Ensemble intercontemporain © Luc Hossepied and Misato Mochizuki © Y. Petit

The Ensemble Intercontemporain is offering a workshop for eight young composers who will work closely with the ensemble,  under the baton of Jean Deroyer and with the counsel of composer Misato Mochizuki, to finalize their piece. Each of the eight composers have wrote for the same unusual group of ten musicians, proposing a theme of their choice linked to this condition.

In January, the selected composers had a one-hour online meeting with the guest composer in order to present their composition project.  The guest composer alongside the teams from IRCAM, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain paid particular attention to the scores returned in April to ensure their compliance with the program and their feasibility.

In June, the workshop will begin with individual meetings with the guest composer and the conductor. Subsequently, each piece will benefit from half-session of rehearsal, a practice session and a dress rehearsal before the public presentation of the eight pieces during a concert at the ManiFeste festival. The group of young composers will also benefit from a collective master class given by the guest composer in the middle of the week and a debriefing session after the final rehearsal.

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