Location: Cassis, France

This year, as a result of the restrictions in place to protect against the spread of Covid-19, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and the Académie have adapted and developed new online training programs in order to continue to carry out their mission of training and accompanying young musicians in their professional development. Country borders currently pose a challenge to an artist’s mobility and so it becomes important to create new workspaces and meeting places which allow for the preservation of the vital links and intercultural dialogue at the heart of these programs. The training programs were created through a process of reflection and ongoing exchange with the artists and pedagogical experts who were initially involved in training sessions that were scheduled to take place in Aix during the 2020 edition of the Festival d’Aix. Through these newly adapted programs, the Académie and the MYO continue to defend their values which include artistic excellence, innovation, the expression of cultural diversity, and activities which promote social inclusion.


This year, the Medinea Session will take place in a completely revisited format. As always, it will bring together around a dozen young artists specialised in improvisation. Five of these artists will take part in the training session with Fabrizio Cassol from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis. They will be joined by musicians connected online from Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and Lebanon. Together they will take on the challenge of composing collectively in an intercultural ensemble while taking into consideration the online element of the session which will be at the heart of the creative process this year.



The Medinea Sessions are an innovative composition residency based on intercultural collective composition in the specific field of improvised music originating from the Mediterranean tradition. Using a creative process of experimentation and improvisation

Coproduced by the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra

Supported by the Fondation Orange and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation