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The 47th Les Arcs Music Academy Festival, 2020

17 July to 2 August 2020

The 2020 Les Arcs Classical Music Academy Festival will take place from 17 July to 02 August 2020.

On the programme for these 3 weeks: music lessons, gatherings, concerts … with internationally renowned musicians and teachers.

The founder of the les Arcs Academy-Festival, Roger Godino, passed away last September. 

This the 47th Festival is dedicated to his memory.

   The theme for the 2020 festival will be "Music and power or the power of music” 

Bach and the clergy, Mozart and the Freemasons, Haydn and the Esterhazy princes, Beethoven and Napoleon, Shostakovich and Stalin…

What creative person has not, at one time, had to reconcile themselves to constraints far removed from their inspiration?

Be it political, economic or religious, power has always exerted on music a pressure that is to a greater or lesser extent visible and tangible.

It is the relationship between power and music that we shall be exploring through numerous works from the Baroque to contemporary compositions.

  The composer in residence: Camille Pépin

At the age of 13, she wrote her first «snatches» of melody.

Rich and diverse, poetic, sometimes unsettling, always luxuriant, Camille Pépin’s music intrigues and  charms in equal measure. 


«At the age of 28, the French composer has stood out for several years as one of the most promising talents on the contemporary music scene. She advocates a style freed of all aesthetic constraints, drawing her – often rhythmical - inspiration from literature, the visual arts and the cinema.» . Figaro Culture 21 February 2019.

She has released her first record « Chamber Music » and is preparing to compose her first music for ballet. Her progress has been outstanding.

In February 2020, she won the composer of the year Victoire for her piece The Sound of Trees, for clarinet, solo violoncello and orchestra.

You can read the article devoted to Camille Pépin on the France Musique website.

A piece has been requested from her and it will be created in les Arcs. She will be present throughout the Festival to explain her work to us and, alongside the musicologist Maxime Kaprielian, to give a lecture about her career and her musical world. Ten of her works will be performed. 

You can see Camille Pépin on 16 July at the Bourg Saint Maurice Médiathèque (multi-media library) at 2.00 pm for the presentation of the programme by Eric Crambes and Maxime Kaprielian.

  The Brahms / Schuman cycle

Johannes, Robert and Clara: love, friendship, inspiration… three-year mini-cycle around chamber music and this legendary trio of German Romanticism. 

  Concerts for a young audience

Sergei Prokofiev’s famous « Peter and the Wolf », a silent Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton film accompanied live by the Festival musicians, a presentation of the families of instruments, assorted workshops: numerous events will be put on for a young audience around a repertoire suitable for discovering music or instruments; these events will be presented by specialist contributors.

  Residencies for the quartet Elmire and the trio Metral and young talents.

Two very promising «young talent» ensembles will be given residencies at les Arcs.

The quartet Elmire, a young ensemble exploding onto the international scene, winners of numerous prizes.

The trio Metral, 3 astonishing young artists, siblings, at the dawn of a promising career.




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