2020 Symphonic Session

Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2019
© Jean-Claude Carbonne

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra has had to cancel the 2020 Symphonic Session. Stay tuned for further information regarding the 2021 session which will be led by Duncan Ward!

A program open to the finest young classical musicians coming from conservatoires, academies, universities and higher music institutes of the Mediterranean basin.

The symphonic session of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO) is designed to future professional classical musicians from the Mediterranean. This training session offers an intercultural experience of the orchestra life in rehearsals, concert and on tour within the stimulating frame of the Festival d'Aix. It provides a high-level musical training where young musicians can benefit from the coaching of experimented artists while working some symphonic repertoire's masterpieces under the baton of renowned conductors. Since 2010, some players of the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra coach the different sections of the orchestra. Every year, almost 600 musicians apply to one of our audition organized in about twenty cities of the Mediterranean where some 100 young talents are selected.



Dates — July from 2 to 18, 2020
Conductor — Duncan Ward
Pedagogical coaching — London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)
Musical programme — Francisco Coll, Mural ; Henri Dutilleux, Correspondances (with Sarah Aristidou, soprano) ; Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel, Pictures at an exhibition
Concerts — Aix-en-Provence • Grand Théâtre de Provence • July, 2020



The Mediterranean Youth Orchestra will select classical musicians through annual auditions happening in 20 cities in the Mediterranean from November 2019 to March 2020 and with the support of different partners leading national youth orchestras.


In France Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence • Conservatory of Grand Avignon • Pierre Barbizet Conservatory of Marseille • Pierre Cochereau Conservatory of NiceIESM Europe et Méditerranée

In the Mediterranean — ALBANIA University of Arts of Tirana - Art Academy • ALGERIA National Higher Institute of Music in Algiers (INSM) • CROATIA Zagreb Academy of Music • EGYPT Cairo Academy of Arts • GREECE National Conservatory of Athens / University of Macedonia - Department of Music science & Art • ITALY Milan Conservatory • LEBANON Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut / Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of music • MALTA ARC Research and Consultancy • MOROCCO National Conservatory of Music and Choreographic Art of Rabat (CNMAC) • PORTUGAL Lisbon Higher School of Music • SLOVENIA Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana • TUNISIA Higher Institute of Music of Tunis / Higher Institute of Music of Sfax / Higher Institute of Music of Sousse • TURKEY Bilkent University - Faculty of Music and Performing Arts / ITÜ MIAM

Selection in cooperation with different national youth orchestras — CYPRUS Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra • SPAIN Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) • PALESTINE Palestine Youth Orchestra / Edward Said National Conservatory of Music • TURKEY Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

CONCERT | 2018 Symphonic session