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NEWS |26. - 27.03.2021 | Online colloquium hosted by the Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris

Hosted by the Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris, the online conference "How can young musicians learn to become professional orchestra players?" took place on Friday, March 26th, and Saturday, March 27th, 2021.

The conference focused on the important role national youth orchestras and orchestra academies play for the development of career paths of aspiring professional musicians. The online event featured presentations, panels and round table discussions including a host of speakers on various related topics. Following introductions by Emmanuel Hondré (Directeur du département concerts & spectacles, Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris), Deborah Borda (CEO and president, New York Philharmonic Orchestra), and Vincent Agrech (Journalist), Renate Böck (EFNYO president) and Pierre Barrois (OFJ, director) held a presentation on "Youth orchestras in France and worldwide: identifying synergies with orchestra academies".

Further topics of Friday's programme focused on "The acquisition of artistic skills needed to play as part of a group", and "Specialised repertoire and expected skills". Guest speakers included Emilie Delorme (Director, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris), Marshall Marcus (Chief Executive Officer, EUYO), Rachel Dale (Education and Outreach Manager, Orchestre de Paris), Stephen McHolm (Academy Director, Verbier Festival) and Peter Riegelbauer (Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic).

Saturday's programme included sessions on "Training and awareness of future musicians in orchestral governance", "Leading music in communities: Musician training and skills", and "Raising awareness on health issues for musicians" including speakers Barbara Smith (CEO, National Youth Orchestra of Canada), Andra East (Director, LSO Discovery, London Symphony Orchestra), and Donald Glowinski (Researcher in neuropsychology, University of Geneva).

A publication with the summary of the 2-day colloquium will be made by Donald Glowinski (University of Geneva) and will be available soon. Watch out here for more information!

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