Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts – Makan (Egypt)

We have a dream,

To encourage the diversity, specificity and vibrancy of egypt cultural scene as a strategy to counter cultural uniformity, consumerism and an increasing intolerance for the marginal.

To contribute to dialogue among people from different cultures through an intense process of artistic workshop and production.

To participate in safeguarding egyptian cultural memory by researching and documenting its intangible cultural heritage and by encouraging the re-establishment of popular traditions and social festivals.

To present egyptian oral and traditional arts as they are now, rarely, practiced, to a wide audience.

Contact:

Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts – Makan

1, Saad Zaghloul st. El Dawawin 11461 Cairo

Ahmed El Maghraby, PhD

Founder & Director

makanzaman@hotmail.com

0020 2 2792 08 78

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Dimajazz International Festival (Algeria)

Contact:

Dimajazz International Festival
Cité Ziadia numéro 42 rue B
Constantine, Algéria 25000
Zoheir Bouzid, commissioner
bouzid.zoheir@gmail.com
+213 556 581 213

The Opera Theater / The City of Culture (Tunisia)

Contact:

Saima Samoud
Director of  Music and opera theatre pole of the opera. The City of Culture

Avenue Mohamed 5, Tunis, Tunisie

saima.samoud@gmail.com
+216 54140276
+21670028300

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National Conservatory of Athens (Greece)

Since its foundation in 1926 by Greek national composer Manolis Kalomiris, the National Conservatory has been a leading institution for music education in Greece. True to its mission, it has been actively spreading and making accessible the study of classical music to the popular masses. To this end many branches of the National Conservatory were established across Greece and Cyprus.
The main aim of the National Conservatory is to provide general music education to students of different ages and levels and to train artists in all specific branches of instrumental and vocal music, as well as in theory. Furthermore its objective is to prepare and promote the career of soloists, music teachers and composers.
Its particular contribution is the continuity of its cultural heritage in combining the study and promotion of classical music alongside Greek traditional and Byzantine music.
Τhe National Conservatory actively participates in the cultural development and artistic life of Greece, through the production of musical projects and of various educational initiatives.
Head of the National Conservatory is Hara Kalomiri, who is also a piano teacher and the artistic direction is under composer Periklis Koukos.

The long-term experience of the National Conservatory of Athens in music education can serve the platform in various ways. Beside its standard curriculum courses, the institution can organize and execute live and/or online courses of advanced music theory and composition, provide master classes in different classical musical disciplines or work on alternative artistic projects that emphasize interdisciplinary communication.
More specifically, with the aim of supporting emerging artists in their final stage of formation and preparation for the international scene, the institution can offer the following projects:
• Master classes with distinguished musicians
• Workshops of composition in general as well as song composition based on cotemporary poetry
• Workshops involving the development of creative and innovative projects in the fields of classical, modern or traditional music combined with other forms of art
• Experimental laboratory using music technology and other contemporary means to produce new artistic works
• Explore possibilities to further promote music education for soloist as well as groups in the different Mediterranean music genres.
• Stage events that will bring public awareness to selected above mentioned artistic projects

Contact:

Ethnikon Odeion – National Conservatory
Mager 18,
Athens 104 38, Greece
(301) 5248 304 – (301) 52 33 175
ethnodio@otenet.gr
Hara Kalomiri
General director
harka@otenet.gr
(301) 9818 130

University of Arts of Tirana (Albania)

The beginnings of the Faculty of Music (FM) dates on January 15, 1962, with the opening of the State Conservatory of Tirana. Four years later, in 1966, from the merger of the three independent art colleges, Alexander Moses Drama schools (1959) and the Visual Arts (1959), the Conservatory was included in the High Institute of Arts as one of its three branches. Despite this status, the Department of Music at the Institute of Arts, as well as two others, acted as an independent subsidiary. In 1989, the three branches of the Higher Institute of Arts became faculties, while maintaining the quality even after 1991 when the ILA was named the Academy of Arts, and later on known as the University of Arts.
Faculty of Music has about 388 students, 78 effective pedagogues and offers 20 study programs and diplomas.
Structure of the Faculty of Music is organized in two departments:
1) Department of Interpretation
2) Department Composition-Conducting-Musicology-Pedagogy
3) Department of Canto
Since 2008 the Faculty of Music has adapted the new university structure (according to the Bologna Card system) with two learning cycles (3 + 2 academic years).
Music Faculty develops an active artistic life based on programmed calendar which is divided in two concert seasons with participation of students and teachers. Concerts are held in the great hall of the University of Arts almost every week of the academic year. This includes concerts performed by students of the composition class. Besides various chamber music formations, FM has symphony orchestras, wind orchestra, string orchestra that besides the compulsory learning plan they hold concerts scheduled in concert seasons, also opera and choral classes too.
FM learning environments are concentrated in the main building of the University of Arts, where the office of the secretary of this faculty is placed, there is also a building placed at the rear of the University, equipped with a number of small studios, classes as well as with the University of Arts central auditorium. Besides the large concert hall in the central building of the Faculty, Çesk Zadeja Hall is placed, it serves mainly as orchestras working environment for chamber music concerts but also for the development of seminar, workshops, etc. Another very important work environment is also the Multimedia Hall which is located in the rear building of the University of Arts, at the premises of the Library.

Contact:

University of Arts
Boulevard ” Dëshmoret e Kombit “, Square ” Nënë Tereza ”
Tirana, Albania
Bujar Sykja, Senior violin professor
bujarsykja@hotmail.com

University of Zagreb, Academy of Music (Croatia)

University of Zagreb Academy of Music is the largest and oldest higher musical institution in Croatia. It is the direct successor of the Croatian Music Institute music school which was founded in 1829. At the turn of the 20th century the school became the conservatory, and in 1921 it was renamed to Royal Academy of Music. It has been a constituent unit of the University of Zagreb since 1979. Many renowned artists and educators have studied and worked at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. Through their efforts at home and abroad they have confirmed and strengthened the reputation of the Academy and its high level of excellence in music education.
Studies at the Academy of Music are organized in eight departments, each presented here with their respective study programmes and competences acquired through them. There are currently 115 permanently employed professors at the Academy, who, together with a large number of associates, teach 580 students.
More than 300 concerts, productions and events performed in its premises, and in other concert halls in Zagreb, throughout the academic year, testify to a high level of excellence and quality of education at the Academy of Music. Two concerts organized in association with the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall are of particular note. Academy of Music students have been performing for years as soloists with the Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra, and have acquired their first professional experience playing in the concert cycles of the Philharmonic. As of academic year 2015/2016, as a part of its collaboration with the Croatian National Theatre, the Academy will be preparing an opera premiere for each season. Moreover, another smaller opera project is under way in collaboration with the Small Stage Theatre (Mala scena). Student concert cycle Virtuoso, as well as numerous other student productions – choirs, chamber ensembles and orchestra performances – enrich each academic year.
Academy of Music is striving towards becoming the leading institution in the region and set high standards in all segments in the field of higher music education. Our goal is to become a music center with international reputation that will be recognized as a desirable destination for study and work by students and professors from around the world.
The values on which we wish to build this vision are high artistic and pedagogical quality of the teaching staff, development and innovation of study programs and the development of professional competencies of our graduates. By ensuring the continuity and development of musical art Academy wants to create artistic and intellectual elite of young musicians who will, through their public activity, influence the development of culture and art thus benefiting the community.

Contact:

University of Zagreb Academy of Music
Trg Republike Hrvatske 12
HR-10000 Zagreb
CROATIA
Rosanda Bonacic, head of the International Cooperation Department,
rosanda@muza.hr, +385914810210
Dalibor Cikojevic, dean,
dekan@muza.hr, +385914810211

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Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (Palestine)

The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is built around an ambitious vision of having a lively and creative musical culture in every Palestinian home.

Over a thousand students currently study on the regular programme of either Arabic or Western music in the ESNCM’s six branches in Jerusalem, Nablus, Gaza, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Beyt Sahour. The ESNCM aspires to open branches in all the Palestinian governorates. Additionally the ESNCM is committed to its Outreach Programme, which aims to provide a musical experience to marginalised communities, including the refugee camps of Shu’afat and Daheisha, and singing programmes in Jerusalem and Gaza.

In addition to internal ensembles, including Arabic Music “takht” groups, classical chamber groups, orchestras and jazz bands, the ESNCM runs two flagship orchestras whose members come from the Palestinian community worldwide, the Palestine Youth Orchestra and the Palestine National Orchestra, who have performed nationally and internationally to great acclaim. The ESNCM is also responsible for running the biennial Palestine National Music Competition, which aims to motivate and reward young Palestinian talent, and also for the publishing of educational material for music students, including theory textbooks, song collections, and collections of Arabic instrumental pieces.

Aside for education, other essential elements are audience building and investment in cultural infrastructure in Palestine. The Conservatory annually runs five major music festivals across the country, as well special events which attract a wide audience. Part of audience building is through the ESNCM’s CD productions, and the new Ramallah branch includes a state-of-the-art recording studio.

At the heart of the ESNCM philosophy is the belief that musical education, underpinned by the permeation of quality music throughout Palestinian society, and supported by appropriate cultural infrastructure, bolsters and invigorates Palestinian identity and culture.

Contact:

Edward Said National Conservatory of Music
P. O. Box 66676, Jerusalem, 91666
Jay Crossland, Academic Director
jcrossland@ncm.birzeit.edu
+970 (0)2-281-9155/6

 

Lebanese National Higher Conservatory (Lebanon)

The Conservatoire counts today about 5400 students and has fourteen branches.Four in Beirut, one in Jounieh, one in each of Dhour-el-Choueir, Ain-Saadeh, Zahle, Saida. Aley, Baakline, Batroun, Tripoli and Choueifat, Zghorta. The Conservatoire opened, in the year 2000 a section in the prison of Roumieh.
The role of the Conservatory in the Lebanese society and amongst its people has been of great importance since its creation in the 1920ies. A leader in the field of musical education it has promoted cultural life to a great extent, offered concerts of great composers with an orchestra created by the teachers in the beginnings, and it reached its present momentum with the creation of the two National Orchestras. The Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra was created in 2000 and became the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 and the Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music created in July 2000. As a pursuit of educational purposes the Conservatoire also functions as a National Archive and Research Center for Music.
The Conservatoire saw the creation of Musical Ensembles for Students, Western Music Ensembles and Oriental Arabic Ensembles.
The Conservatoire presents around 70 concerts yearly performed by the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, The Oriental Arabic Orchestra, The Jazz Big Band, and different ensembles of Chamber music.

Contact:

Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music
Sin El Fil – Hayek Squar (Facing Librairie Antoine)
Conservatory Bldg, Beyrut, Lebanon
musiccon@conservatory.gov.lb
+ 961 1 489 530-1 – 2

Higher Institute of Music of Sousse (Tunisia)

The Higher Institute of Music of Sousse is a public organization with an administrative Character and financial autonomy. It is one of the 17 Higher institutions that belong to the University of Sousse and relevant to the Ministry of Higher Education and scientific research . Founded under the decree “ nbr 559-99” of March 08, 1999.

Contact:

Street Abou Kacem Chebbi,
4000 Sousse, Tunisia
Dr Khaled SLAMA, Director of the Higher Institute of Music of Sousse
khaledslama5@yahoo.fr
+21698403909
Mrs Rabiaa BEN AICHA, Administrative Advisor, Office of International Cooperation
rabiaabenaicha@yahoo.fr
+21695239203

Amwaj (Palestine)

The Amwaj choir school, established in Hebron and Bethlehem since 2015, is Palestine’s first example of an institution where music education is offered through an intensive and collective approach based on choir singing. Amwaj (Waves, in Arabic) counts 60 children (girls and boys aged 7 to 17), who are selected exclusively upon their commitment to attend eight weekly hours of courses and activities throughout the year.

The children of Amwaj perform regularly in Palestine, alongside a broad spectrum of local and international artists. Since prestigious intercultural partnerships are central to the choir’s activities, Amwaj has had its first international tour in the summer of 2018, with concerts in France in partnership with Demos (Philharmonie de Paris), Petits Chanteurs de Lyon, Chanteurs de Finoreille and the Chœur d’Enfants de l’Orchestre de Paris.

Amwaj is represented at MEDINEA by its General Director, Michele Cantoni.

Contact:

Amwaj
c/o Association d’Échanges Culturels Hébron-France
P.O. Box 635
Hebron, Palestine
Mathilde Vittu, Artistic and Pedagogical Director
mathildevittu@yahoo.fr
+ 33 6 82 91 00 66 (also WhatsApp)

The Palestine Philharmonie (Palestine)

Conceived since 2015, the Palestine Philharmonie is intended as source of a wide scope of cultural activities throughout Palestine, reaching out to the whole country and beyond.

It proposes intercultural concert seasons alongside varied interdisciplinary activities revolving around the artistic ones (educational programs, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, artist residencies, film screenings, etc.), featuring local artists and engaging a dialogue with artists from throughout the world.

The Philharmonie reaches out to multiple audiences and to their expectations, through mediation activities aimed at offering a key to cultural discovery.

Its educational programs draw on the different programs conducted by local music education institutions, aiming to support them, complement them and allow them to broaden their actions

The Palestine Philharmonie is represented at Medinea by its General Director, Michele Cantoni.

Contact:

Palestine Philharmonie
Bethlehem Convention Palace, Solomon’s Pools
Bethlehem, Palestine
Michele Cantoni, General Director
mic.cantoni@gmail.com ; philharmonie.ps@gmail.com
+ 972 54 224 39 15
+ 33 6 76 28 59 84 (also WhatsApp)

University of Ljubljana, Academy of Music (Slovenia)

The Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana (UL AG) is the only Slovenian higher learning university institution for the entire field of music, and as such it has a national significance for the development of Slovenian music composition, performance and education fields. The basic mission of the UL AG is offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral university learning programmes as well as offering further education and permanent education programmes for musical arts and music education professions. In addition, the UL AG promotes music performance and composition, as these are immediately connected with music education. In collaboration with other members of the University of Ljubljana, the UL AG conducts and develops research activity in the fields of humanities and social sciences and endeavours to promote artistic research. With its work, the UL AG promotes the development of the Slovenian music field, making it comparable with Europe and the rest of the World.

Contact:

Nina Podlipnik
International office UL AG
University of Ljubljana, Academy of Music (UL AG)
Stari trg 34
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
nina.podlipnik@ag.uni-lj.si; aginter@ag.uni-lj.si
+00386 1 24 27 320
+00386 40 399 644

International Cultural Center of Hammamet (Tunisia)

The International Cultural Center of Hammamet (CCIH) under the supervision of the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, consists of a field of ten hectares – a monument listed in the historic heritage of Tunisia in 2001 – with several spaces offering various cultural activities.

As part of its regular activities, the CCIH participates in the production or co-production of theatrical works, ballets, art exhibitions and musical performances. The CCIH welcomes writers, artists for creative stays and helps to organize seminars and national and international cultural courses.

The CCIH, as well as the outdoor theatre it hosts, has been open to the audience since 1964. Each year since 1964, the Hammamet International Festival is held in July and August, presenting jazz concerts, theatrical performances, ballets and variety shows.

Contact:

Centre culturel international d’Hammamet

Avenue des Nations Unies

Hammamet 8050, Tunisie

ccih.office@gmail.com

+216 72 280 410

 

Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal)

ESML belongs to Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, a leading applied science university in Portugal. With over 600 students in undergraduate and graduate studies, it offers degrees in Music (orchestral instruments, piano, organ, guitar, ancient music, singing, opera studio, jazz, composition, orchestra and choral conducting, music education), Music Technology, Music in the Community and Music Teaching. It offers 2 doctoral programmes in association with 2 universities in Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) and Universidade de Lisboa (UL).

It is installed in a modern building, which include an auditorium of 400 seats and studio facilities.

ESML has a very intense activity throughout the academic year, producing concerts, masterclasses, and workshops, both at the school’s facilities and outside. Being a partner with many of the cultural institutions in Lisboa and elsewhere in Portugal, its musical community of students, teachers and different ensembles are regularly presented in venues such as Teatro São Luiz, Centro Cultural de Belém, Gulbenkian Foundation, among others.

Apart from the musical creation process, ESML is deeply involved with all aspects of music research, both formal/academic and informal or practice-based, leading to the production of specific artistic projects and its recording (video/audio), allowing for, and promoting a written reflection on all aspects of modern musical creation.

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Conservatorio “G.Verdi” di Milano (Italy)

Established through a Royal Napoleonic Decree in 1807 by Eugène de Beauharnais, Viceroy of Italy, the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” di Milano boasts more than two hundred years of history. It was inaugurated on 3 September 1808 and since then its headquarters have been located in the historic former convent beside the Church of Santa Maria della Passione. The Conservatorio has always been one of the most important institutions for the study of music, acclaimed nationally and internationally. Nowadays it is active part of the University System of Higher Education in Art and Music, which is headed by the Ministry for Education, University and Research.

• MORE THAN 200 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES
• MORE THAN 1500 STUDENTS
• 236 FACULTY
• MORE THAN 60 BACHELOR (BMUS)
• MORE THAN 50 MASTERS (MMUS)
• WORKSHOPS
• MASTER CLASSES AND SEMINARS WITH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED TEACHERS
• 60 EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS BASED ON THE ERASMUS PROGRAMME
• A HISTORICAL LIBRARY WITH OVER 500,000 BIBLIOGRAPHIC UNITS
• A COLLECTION OF HISTORIC INSTRUMENTS DATING BACK TO 1881
• TWO CONCERT HALLS
• THE VERDI HALL (1,420 SEATS)
• THE PUCCINI HALL (450 SEATS)
• MORE THAN 200 CONCERTS PER YEAR

The Conservatorio “G. Verdi” di Milano trains talented young artists who want to make music their profession. It is active all year round, inviting the students to perform as soloists or in chamber groups on the occasion of concerts, which often also involve teachers; the tangible outcome of this work is represented by more than 200 concerts a year.
The Conservatorio has its own Symphony Orchestra and the VJO-Verdi Jazz Orchestra entirely composed of students. The Symphony Orchestra is conducted by prominent artists such as Tito Ceccherini, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Daniele Rustioni, Yoichi Sugiyama and Michele Gamba, all former students of the Verdi in Milan.
Moreover the students of composition have the opportunity to hear their own compositions being performed by professional ensembles and orchestras.
In order to ensure the health and wellbeing of students, there is a working physiotherapy studio and a protocol has been organised for the welfare of the musicians.

Contact:

Cristina Frosini, director
segreteriadirezione@consmilano.it
+39 2762110217

Montenegrin Music Center (Montenegro)

Public Institution Montenegrin Music Centre, based in Podgorica, is the main carrier of musical life in the country. It was established in 2006, and by its founding act it integrates all vital segments of the national music culture such as: symphony orchestra, national orchestra, concert agency and music-information centre. Activities of Montenegrin Music Center imply organization and realization of concerts of various music genres, musical theatre settings, as well as promotion of Montenegrin musician’s creative work and performance, and preservation of national music heritage. The institution has its publishing sector and organizes various courses for all educational levels. Complementary activities within MMC are planned to include shop of music instruments, music books and CDs, as well as instrument repair service. Through diverse projects, Montenegrin Music Centre develops and realizes cooperation with similar international entities.

Contact person:
Vanja Vukcevic
vanja.vukcevic@mmc.co.me
vukcevic.vanja@gmail.com
+382 68 845 986

Istanbul Technical University / Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advanced Studies in Music MIAM (Turkey)

MIAM is a music research center and music graduate school program of ITU established in 1999.The aim of the institution is to provide a contemporary academic, scientific, and artistic study platform in the area of music, to offer an international-level education with instructors from different countries, and to foster interdisciplinary studies via national and international projects. Academic staff at MIAM comprises of 2 professors, 9 associate professors and 16 instructors from different concentration areas of music. Currently 73 PhD students and 141 masters students from various disciplines in music study at MIAM which has one big and two medium concert halls, a large music library with printed and audiovisual materials, and a state-of-the-art professional music recording studio.
MIAM organizes several workshops, concerts, seminars, recitals, and international/national conferences with student participation under the tutelage of academic staff and MIAM directorate. Some of these events such as conferences have been materialized in partnership with other institutions. The events are held in order to improve the students’ fund of knowledge, to provide experience with active participations of the students, and to reveal their creativity and potential.

Here are some instances of events and activities organized by MIAM:
-Hezarfen Ensemble/MIAM partnership (student/instructor project)
-MIAM Chamber Music Concerts
-Istanbul Modern Music Ensemble (IMME) (student/instructor project)
-MIAM Marimba Project/sa.ne.na. Project/MIAM (student/instructor project)
-MIAM Electroacoustic Concerts
-Karakulak Ensemble Project/MIAM (student project)
-Müzik Köyü Project (Lecture and Concert supported by MIAM)
-Erasmus Partnership with «The Liszt School of Music Weimar »
-ITU/MIAM Piano Festival (student/instructor Project)
-Music Expression Seminar Series
-Miam Colloquium (student seminars)
-Miam Masterclass Series

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yelda Özgen Öztürk
Director
yeldaozgen@gmail.com
0090 212 247 17 33

ARC Research and Consultancy (Malta)

ARC Research and Consultancy services creation, practice, and production within the creative and cultural sectors. ARC aims to promote development and sustainability of these specific sectors through collaboration, research, and synergies with local, regional, national, and international entities.

contact person:

Davinia Galea
Managing Director
davinia@arcrc.eu
+356 99990147

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France)

The Festival d’Aix has proposed, since 1948, a yearly programme of great diversity comprising lyrical productions, major musical productions, chamber operas and concerts. The Festival d’Aix opens up new horizons in the fields of artistic creation and encourages the development of new talents thanks to its Academy. Since 1998, the Academy has been a reference centre for perfecting vocal and instrumental skills, a workshop for discussion and experimentation around the creation of opera and a place for young artists to develop professionally. Through training in voice, chamber music, creation, orchestra and public outreach, the Academy supports the values of sharing, development and cultural enrichment through all of its programmes.

The Festival d’Aix organises many mediation actions towards distant audiences via Passerelles, its educational and social-artistic department. Through the networks of enoa (European Network of Opera Academies) and Medinea (Mediterranean Incubator of Emerging Artists), the Academy promotes the mobility of young artists within the Euro-Mediterranean area throughout the year, in order to foster artistic and cultural meetings and encourage movement of the young artists. The Festival is also an active member of the cultural networks Opera Europa, RESEO and The Opera Platform.

Contact:

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Palais de l’Ancien Archevêché,
13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Fanny Roustan, Medinea coordinator
fanny.roustan@festival-aix.com

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Ente Musicale di Nuoro (Italy)

EMN is a non-profit organization created in 1987 and since then has been involved in different sectors of culture and living arts, from dance to classical music and jazz, but also opera, early music and traditional polyphonic music and also focusing on rediscovering and preserving traditional music from around the Mediterranean.
Since 1989, EMN has yearly organized the Nuoro Jazz International Festival, and its workshops, which are among the most important festivals in Italy and Europe. Paolo Fresu started Nuoro Jazz and has been artistic director for 25 years, Roberto Cipelli took over from him on 2013. Each year, more than 160 students from all over Europe participate in winter and summer jazz training, in cooperation with local schools and cultural organisations, and international and Italian institutions of higher education. Teachers are among the best jazz musicians of the italian scene, and every year international artists are called upon to keep masterclasses and special events.

Contact:

Angelo Palmas – president of EMN – info@entemusicalenuoro.it  +39 0784 36156

Casa Arabe (Spain)

Casa Árabe was established in 2007 as a strategic center for Spain’s relations with the Arab world, a meeting point where different role-players and institutions, both private and public can dialogue and interact from the worlds of music, cine, arts, literature, etc but also business, education and politics. The program of activities takes places in the two headquarters of Casa Árabe, one located in Madrid and the other in Cordoba, which embodies a very strong symbolic relevance due the city´s importance in the historical context of Al Ándalus.

The institution’s ultimate goals are, spreading knowledge of the plural and varied contemporary Arab cultures, support the cultural agents form the Arab world to give visibility and voice to their production, channelling inter-cultural dialogue and providing analysis and mediating in the socio-political changes which are affecting Arab and Muslim countries.

Contact person:

Nuria Medina
Coordinator of Culture
Casa Árabe
culture@casaarabe.es

Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine (Lebanon)

Founded by Pianist/Composer Ghassan Yammine, Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine has 6 branches in different areas in Lebanon with the following departments: Music (classical, modern, oriental, music production, DJ, sound engineering), Actor’s School, Painting, Photography, Dance.

It has international affiliations with prestigious institutions from Europe and USA: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham University), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris, Conservatoire de Lyon and Carnegie Hall.

Ecole des Arts is member of 3 international federations : AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires Supérieurs), FFEA (Fédération Française de l’Enseigenement Artistique) and medinea (MEDiterranean Incubator of Emerging Artists).

Contact:

Ghassan Yammine
info@edagy.com
+961 1 202820
+961 4 980656

National Youth Orchestra of Spain

The Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) belongs to the National Institute of Peforming Arts and Music (INAEM), an institution that is part of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. It was created in 1983 in order to contribute to the most advanced training of Spanish musicians before they become full professionals. It aims mainly at the development of their studies through the practice of the symphonic and chamber music repertoires 6 times a year.

The members of the JONDE are selected through auditions (twice a year), and remain in the orchestra until the age of 23. They are coached by a team of professors of a high artistic standard selected from the best European orchestras. All the working sessions end with tours which have brought the orchestra all over Spain and currently once a year abroad. The orchestra dedicates special attention to contemporary music through its Academy of Contemporary Music.

The JONDE has worked with important soloists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Agustín León Ara, Rafael Orozco, Christian Zacharias, John Williams, Deszö Ranki, Teresa Berganza, María Bayo, Simon Estes or Juan Diego Flórez.
It has worked with conductors like Carlo Maria Giulini, Gunther Schuller, Jakov Kreizberg, Fabio Biondi, Reinbert de Leeuw, Vasily Petrenko, Krysztof Penderecki, Christian Zacharias, Paul Goodwin, Lutz Köhler, Gianandrea Noseda, Christopher Hogwood, Edmon Colomer, Jesús López Cobos, Josep Pons, Antoni Ros Marbá, Víctor Pablo, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bruno Aprea, Pablo González, Alberto Zedda, Lorenzo Viotti, Peter Rundel or George Pehlivanian.

Although the orchestra maintains its main activity in Spain, the tournées abroad are frequent. We can quote the following: Belgium, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia, Hungary, France, USA, Italy, United Kingdom, Portugal, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, performing in venues like the Théatre des Champs Elysées, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Schauspielhaus am Gendarmenmarkt and the Berlin Philharmonic or the Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna. It has participated among others, in the following international festivals: BBC Proms, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Chester Summer Music Festival, Expo Lisbon ’98, Robecco Zomerconzerten (Amsterdam), Musikfestpiele Saarbrücken, World Expo Hannover, Festival Young. Euro.Classic in Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Opernfestspiele Schloss Weikersheim, Festival Kultursommer Nordhessen (Germany), Touquet International Music Masters (France) or the Festival Spain-Venezuela in Caracas.

The Foundation BBVA collaborates with the JONDE/INAEM through the JONDE-Fundación BBVA sholarships to help improve the technical and performing skills and the chamber music experience of its musicians in Spain and abroad.

It participates regularly in exchange programmes with other countries, specially through the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) and also via other Latin American “sistemas” of youth orchestras. The JONDE’s repertoire includes the most representative titles from the baroque, classical, romantic, post-romantic music, and it pays special attention to contemporary music, both chamber and symphonic, and recording of CD´s and DVD´s are frequent. Since 2001 its artistic director is the composer José Luis Turina.

Contact:

Saulo Muñiz Schwochert, artistic co-ordinator
Email: saulo.muniz@inaem.mecd.es
Tel: +34 913370244

University of Macedonia, Department of Music science and Art (Greece)

The Department of Music Science and Art was founded in 1996. Its mission is to provide its students with quality, well-rounded education by fostering the conditions that will allow for the fertile interaction between the diverse fields of applied and theoretical music studies. The Department offers four set majors in:

1. European (Classical) Music
2. Byzantine Music
3. Greek Traditional (Demotic) Music
4. Contemporary Music

The Department aims at cultivating and developing students? technical skills and capabilities to perform instrumental and vocal Western music, as well as Byzantine and traditional Greek music.
Its goal is to enhance and promote the science and art of Western, Byzantine, and traditional Greek music (as they evolved) from their beginnings to today. According to the 363/20.9.96 Presidential Decree, the Department promotes the formation of various ensembles, like orchestras, choirs, and other instrumental and vocal music ensembles, that will successfully represent Greece in the international music scene at the full spectrum of European, Contemporary, Byzantine and Traditional Greek (Folk) Music. The Department also promotes research study and performance of the traditional Greek and of ecclesiastical music as these have evolved through the ages from antiquity and Byzantine times to today.

Contact:

Thimios Atzakas – Musician
Artistic director- Music Village
Assistant Professor / University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, GREECE
Dept. of Music Science and Art
email: thimios@music-village.gr
0030 6975733230

Visa for music (Morocco)

Visa For Music (VFM) is the first professional market /festival of Africa and Middle-East musics : it is a new event born in 2013 and organizing its 5th edition in 2018, with about 30 showcases at the center of the project, but also conferences, speed- meetings, workshops and trainings…
This project was born from a paradox : on the one hand, the lack of visibility for African and Middle-Eastern artists at an international level and, on the other hand, a very important artistic dynamism and musical creation from these musicians. To fight against this problem, Visa For Music has as first goal to highlight the artistic creation of Africa and the Middle-East, first of all regarding the world music and actual music.

The six main goals of Visa For Music are:

  • Promote music from Morocco, Africa and the Middle-East to Europe and northern markets
  • Encourage artistic mobility between African countries and the Middle-East
  • Participate in the development of the local cultural sector in these areas – Develop the music scene at an international level
  • Contribute to the improvement of the status of artists from southern countries
  • Strengthen the North-South and South-South relationships in the cultural sector

After four edition Visa For Music became one of the essential and major meeting places for professionals of the whole music industry, as a sharing platform for the defense and promotion of the musical sector of African and Middle-Eastern countries, with approximately 3200 professionals assisting to the 185 showcases by the 1093 artists.

We continue to invite all the professionals who place culture at the very center of their concerns to join Visa For Music’s support network and we hope we can count on your presence among us during this structuring event of the cultural industry, from November 21st to 24th 2018, for the 5th edition of this ambitious project.

Contact :

Brahim El Mazned
+212661204765
elmazned@gmail.com