Composing in the feminine
Promoting parity in the world of classical music is a strong commitment of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Today, women are still in a very small minority of composers. To overcome this problem, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris has joined forces with Thomas Lacôte and Clara Olivares to set up an academy dedicated to young women musicians who do not yet dare to take the step of composing. This multi-year academy is an incubator for young women creators and an opportunity to learn about writing for orchestra.
It is aimed at young women musicians at the start of their career, from the conservatories in Paris and Ile-de-France. A space for discussion with professional musicians, it is neither a school nor a conservatory, but a real laboratory promoting interaction. Several writing workshops per family of instruments are planned during the two years of training. The musicians of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris are called upon to share with each academician their feedback on their work.
The academicians are supervised by an artistic team made up of Clara Olivares, composer, Thomas Lacôte, composer and organist, and Lars Vogt, musical director of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. To conclude this apprenticeship, each academician receives a commission for an orchestral piece performed by the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, conducted by Lars Vogt, its musical director, at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
“This original academy is a journey over a long period, a real immersion within the orchestra. » – Thomas Lacôte
The 4 composers-academicians
The artistic team
In May 2021, four young musicians under the age of thirty were auditioned and selected from fifteen candidates from the music conservatories of the Ile-de-France region (CRR). Based on preparatory work and a motivational interview, the selection was made with Deborah Nemtanu, solo violin super soloist of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and Thomas Lacôte, artistic curator, composer and organist.
The calendar of the first season of this academy foresees writing workshops for strings and winds, then the realization of a written miniature for small orchestra which will be conducted by Lars Vogt in spring 2022. Academicians will benefit from direct contact with around ten volunteer musicians from the Orchester de Chambre de Paris who, alongside the artistic team, will support them in their creative process. Finally, to offer everyone the widest possible panel, they will be invited to discover all the components of an orchestra and will discuss with the orchestra’s administrative services: control room, library, production.
May / June 2021 :
- meeting with potential candidates
- Motivational interview
Fall / winter 2021
- meeting with Lars Vogt and the musicians of the orchestra
- meeting with the artistic team
- exploration and discovery of scores
- preparation of workshops with Thomas Lacôte and Clara Olivares
- Workshop “Writing for strings”
- Workshop “Writing for Winds”
Spring / summer 2022:
- small group concert conducted by Lars Vogt
Fall / winter 2022
- 1 meeting session with orchestra leaders, presentation, listening to scores
- 1 percussion workshop
- 2 or 3 individual indoor sessions for major training sessions, including one with a mentor
- 1 collective workshop to prepare the score and the parts with the librarian
Spring / summer 2023
- 1 public workshop with the orchestra
- 1 group session with debriefing
- post-workshop rewrites
- rehearsals and concert on piece for orchestra
The OCP-Transmission program includes and federates the transmission and professional support actions of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris.