The Academy


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Why should I be interested in the Academy?

The Academy offers very high-quality musical tuition and masterclasses with top French professional and European musicians at very low prices.

What instruments and tuition does the Academy offer?

The Academy offers the following instruments:

Violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, voice, accordion, chamber music …

The Academy is not limited to just the techniques of playing but also offers tuition and advice on:

  • classical playing styles
  • The control and management of stage fright and nervousness
  • Physiotherapy
  • The Orchestra of the Academy
  • Taï-Chi
  • Speech Therapist
  • Lutherie
  • Conferences
  • Youth Concerts

How long does the Academy last?

11 days

What is the typical programme of a student at the Academy?

The main instrument tuition is given in the mornings from 9.00 to 1.00.

In the afternoon there are courses in chamber music from 2.00 to 5.00.

Late afternoon, students can attend conferences given by the composer and other musicians. They can also attend workshops about control and management of stage fright, Thai-Chi, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapist…

Many of the students doing also chamber music will prepare to give concerts as part of the Festival.

Three students concerts are given at the end of the academy.

Every night students can attend concerts given by their teachers and other famous musicians invited to the festival.

What level of musical ability is needed to attend the Academy

Grade 8 in the English system is roughly equivalent to the minimum level needed.

How intensive is the Academy, is it hard work?

It mainly depends on the student. The time schedule is full and there is quite a lot of personal work to do. But students enjoy it because they meet other students in a good atmosphere with exceptional scenery.

Is it worth attending if I cannot speak French well?

Yes, most students can speak English and at the beginning, students can always find help at the festival office.

Are there many non-French students?

One third of the students are not French

What are the fees for attending the Academy

The 2019 charges are :

≥ Masterclasses with half board accommodation (1)in Hôtel La Cachette*** : 

  • Single room : 1390€
  • Double room : 1140€

>>> pianists and instrument players practice in their room

≥ Masterclasses without accommodation :

  • Masterclasses : 790€

≥ Options :

  • Individual practice studio : 240€
  • 2 persons practice studio : 120€
  • How to feel relaxed on stage (5 meetings) : 60€
  • How to behave on stage (2 meetings) : 15€

Can I hire an instrument?

Students must bring their own instruments except for the pianists (of course) who will find practicing studios equipped with pianos.

Are there any age limits?

No, the Academy has had students as young as 8 and as old as 65 years old .

Young students must stay with their parents in rented apartments. In this case the parents should rent their accommodation through renting agencies or hotels. A list of promotion is listed on the festival website

Where can I stay?

If your are over 18, you can either organise your own accommodation or stay with the other students in the Hôtel La Cachette***. This accommodation is included in the price.

Is there any organized supervision for minors ?
There is no supervision provided for within the academy. Minors generally come with their parents or with friends and are often accommodated together.

Is there any catering organized for the trainees of the academy ?

The Hôtel La Cachette*** is an half-boarded accommodation, so buffet breakfast and buffet diner are included. Lunch is not included in the accommodation, but there are many cafés, pizzerias and crêperies in the neighborhood of the Hôtel.

Students can have reduced prices in a list of shops which will be given to them on the day of their arrival.

How can I find more information or arrange to attend?

Please call or email:

Mrs Benedicte Ordody, +33 1 40 07 11 48