Every year, some one hundred young Mediterranean musicians representing 20 or so different countries attend the MYO's sessions. They receive a high-level training and benefit from the presence of the prestigious artists in residence at the Festival d'Aix. The young musicians selected through auditions organised in the Mediterranean region in cooperation with the different national youth orchestras and music schools are brought together in a group residency and subsequently perform in concerts and participate in tours.
Determined to support today's young musicians in the transition towards professional life, the Académie du Festival d'Aix also proposes a programme to raise awareness of outreach activities and career development paths that offers occasional professional engagements to MYO musicians.
Created at the initiative of the SUD - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and the Ministry of Culture, the MYO has been active in the Mediterranean cultural space since 1984. It has forged relations based on exchange and cooperation with some 20 neighbouring countries and over 2,700 young musicians have attended at least one session since its inception. In 2014, at the request of the public authorities, it became a component of the Festival d'Aix, while retaining its original missions and goals.