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EMCY: Young Talents on Tour

Music unites Europe!


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Yanis Grisó, Natalia Labourdette, Astrid Bjelland and Gustas Raudonius, these four names should be followed closely in the future. They are outstanding and young European musicians, prize winners of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) and from Friday 11th to Monday 14th March they will play together six concerts in Luxemburg and Germany (tour dates below).

Behind these four names stand Gustas, a young pianist from Lithuania, laureate of the Lithuanian national competition Balys Dvarionas Piano and String Competition, Yanis, a 12 year old Luxembourgish violinist, prize winner of the Concours Luxembourgeois et Européen pour Jeunes Solistes, Natalia, an emergent Spanish singer and EMCY prize winner of the Concurso Permanente de Jóvenes Intérpretes de Juventudes Musicales de España and Astrid, a young flutist from Norway, winner of the EMCY prize at the Norwegian Music Competition for Youth.

The tour will start in Luxemburg, where the musicians meet for the first time and practise their common repertoire. On 11th March they kick off their Young Talents on Tour with the first concert in Luxemburg City. The programme features famous works of W. A. Mozart, Franz Liszt and Edvard Grieg also pieces from their home countries including Enrique Granados, Balys Dvarionas und Anatolijus Šenderovas, which the musicians will present and explain to the audiences.

The tour is a cooperation of EMCY with the UGDA Music School, the Werner und Felicitas Egerland Stiftung, the embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as well as the music school Iserlohn and the foundation LebenMühlheim and it is organised in the framework of the Erasmus+ project INTER-NATIONAL net_works+.

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The European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) is a network of 50 national and international youth music competitions in 30 European countries. EMCY stands for musical excellence, the promotion of the youth and the European cooperation. EMCY promotes young European prize winners by innovative concerts, tours, master classes and workshops all over Europe.

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efa logo smallThe Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), is calling for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers to take place from 1 to 7 December 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in collaboration with Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Some ten renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 31 January 2016.

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is an intense 7-day training programme addressed at emerging artistic festival directors or those who have ambitions to get involved in programming or in related departments within a festival. It is about sharing experiences and passing on knowledge to the next generation of festival makers: knowledge about programming a festival, while focusing on the very essence of art festivals – the arts and the artist.

“The true role of a festival is to help artists to dare, to engage in new projects,” is the motto of the Atelier, coined by Bernard Faivre d’Arcier, longstanding Director of the Avignon Festival, President of the Lyon Biennial (France).

Explore festival issues in different formats

45 young festival managers from all over the world will be selected to participate in the Atelier. Around 10 distinguished festival directors, will each attend for at least two full days and work together with participants throughout the 7 days. In lectures, one-on-one talks, group discussions as well as intense workshops on case studies, issues such as artistic vision, public responsibility, creation and coproduction, internationalisation, networking, renewal and sustainability will be explored. Have a look at the list of presenters of the previous Ateliers.

““Gazing from the airplane window on my way back “home” I caught myself thinking the Atelier, for me, was like the first time I took a plane. Full of expectations – you prepare, buckle-up, accelerate, take off, penetrate the hazy clouds and gain clear vision of the immensity of the sky. Feel it, experience it and learn from it.” said Martin Kadinov, participant of the Atelier Beirut 2015

Join a unique new network

The Atelier counts 335 alumni from 65 countries after nine Ateliers for Young Festival Managers since 2006 in Goerlitz, Varna, Singapore, Izmir, Ljubljana, Edinburgh, Poznan,Beirut and Gwangju. Participants of the Chiang Mai edition will become part of this unique global network of young festival makers which will grow further after the upcoming Atelier Budapest 2016.

Programme details

Dates, place: 1-7 December 2016, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Application deadline:31 January 2016
Procedure: Submit the Application Form; for selection criteria, application/selection procedure, course fee etc. check the Atelier CHIANG MAI 2016 website

Get to know our host

The public organisation Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) takes the lead on behalf of the Thai government in the development and success of Thailand’s MICE sector. Established in 2004, TCEB works to drive growth, elevate quality standards and inspire creativity in the industry. TCEB offers a range of advisory services and attractive support packages to contribute to the success and productivity of business events held in Thailand. Also, the Chiang Mai Convention & Exhibition Centre is one of Southeast’s Asia largest convention centres. .

For all details visit the Atelier CHIANG MAI 2016 website

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