In Lyon, a new string quartet class will open early December with the collaboration of the Conservatoire de Lyon (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional). The auditions took place November 7th 2011. Four quartets auditioned and two of them were chosen: the Varèse Quartet and the Quatuor opus 80.
The selected quartets will benefit from exceptional opportunities: seven sessions of two days during the year, participation in one final concert and invitations to two intensive academies/festivals.
The Debussy Session: prelude of the Epau Festival from 16 to 20 May.
Those five days of intensive practice destined to five experienced quartets, students at the best musical institutions, or already preparing international competitions include two daily classes with the members of the Debussy Quartet and one concert per evening: an intensive program intended for young professionals!
The Summer Academy, from 6 to 15 July, inseparable of the Festival “Cordes en Ballade”
During ten days, experienced young quartets as well as ensembles constituted for the occasion join the Debussy Quartet, thirsty for chamber music knowledge; everyone is welcome, aged 10 to 90.
Other quartets wishing to deepen their knowledge may still apply for participation in one or both of the academies separately, and without being part of the quartet program at the conservatory:
- Programme reserved for pre-formed quartets upon audition
- 2-year course, which 7 sessions each year of 1-2 days
- Invitation to two academy/workshops with the Quatuor Debussy