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La Maestra Academy #3: Pablo Heras-Casado’s master class

On 26 March, the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado supervised Rebecca Tong’s advanced work during a morning devoted to Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 at the Philharmonie de Paris.

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La Maestra Academy #2 : Master class of Marin Alsop

Meeting with the American conductor Marin Alsop and the laureates of the 2020 competition, Holly Choe, Rebecca Tong and Glass Marcano.

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Academy events

Monday 10 May
2021
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19h30

MONTHLY MEETINGS LA MAESTRA – TAKI ALSOP SPEAKERS FORUM

Monday 10 May 2021 — 19h30

MONTHLY MEETINGS LA MAESTRA – TAKI ALSOP SPEAKERS FORUM

4th session: Monday 10th May 2021 at 1:30pm EST / 6:30pm GMT / 7:30pm French time

The music #1 How to play Bach, Haydn, Mozart with modern instruments? How about historically informed performance?

Speakers:
Emmanuelle Haim, Music Director Concert d’Astrée
Louis Langrée, Music Director Cincinnati SO and Mostly Mozart Festival

As part of La Maestra Academy, the Philharmonie de Paris and Paris Mozart Orchestra have teamed up with Marin Alsop’s Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship to put together a series of 12 monthly online professional sessions exclusively devised for the new generation of talented women conductors selected by La Maestra Competition and the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship.

These sessions will look at many subjects, including “how to create your own ensemble”, “how to deal with crisis”, “conductors’ relationships with their musicians”, “the role of the orchestral leader”, “how to perform Haydn and Mozart with modern instruments” etc with a star line-up of speakers including world-famous conductors, top orchestral managers, sought-after agents etc.

These monthly online sessions will last 1h30, with 2 speakers interacting with each other for 1h, followed by Q&A.

Thursday 20 May
2021
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15h30

PUBLIC REHEARSAL FOR THE STUDENTS OF “ORCHESTRE AU BAHUT” – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Palais d'Iéna, Paris
Thursday 20 May 2021 — 15h30

PUBLIC REHEARSAL FOR THE STUDENTS OF “ORCHESTRE AU BAHUT” – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Paris Mozart Orchestra
Claire Gibault
, conductor
Glass Marcano, conductor

Sunday 23 May
2021
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09h30

DEMOS PROJECT GLASS MARCANO – ORCHESTRE DE PARIS

Philharmonie de Paris
Sunday 23 May 2021 — 09h30

DEMOS PROJECT GLASS MARCANO – ORCHESTRE DE PARIS

Orchestre Démos
Glass Marcano, 
conductor

Tutti rehearsal with the Demos orchestra from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm for the concert held on Sunday, June 20th, 2021 at the Philharmonie de Paris

Program
Léo Delibes 
Lakmé

The story

Why create a conducting competition – with a complementary Academy – open only to women?

A legitimate question, perhaps, given that the first signs of changing attitudes towards women conductors are becoming apparent in some parts of the world …

But while more and more women conductors are enjoying successful careers, deeply entrenched sexist discrimination is sadly still a very-present obstacle for many.

With La Maestra International Competition & Academy the Paris Mozart Orchestra and the Philharmonie de Paris are together seeking to unite the international musical world behind a strong commitment to women conductors, encourage vocational aspiration among women and offer the youngest among them unprecedented levels of support.

The inaugural La Maestra Competition took place in Paris in September 2021 and was a resounding world-wide success, attracting 220 applicants of 51 different nationalities and a wide variety of backgrounds. Applicants’ backstories revealed personal circumstances which differed wildly from one country to another. This, together with the exceptional artistic quality displayed by the chosen candidates, has validated our original decision to take a strong stand and encourages us to renew our efforts.

For there is yet more to be done. The talent is there, in all its abundance and variety. It is now up to all of us to give women orchestral conductors the visibility and support they deserve.

 

Paris Mozart Orchestra

Founded by Claire Gibault in 2011, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is a flexible ensemble varying in size and instrumentation according to the demands of each project. Showcasing the talents of the outstanding young soloists of the Paris Mozart Orchestra – among them, as concert master and string session principals, the four members of the internationally ­acclaimed prize-winning Psophos Quartet – lies at the heart of the PMO project.

Cité de la musique
Philharmonie de Paris

Listen, watch, learn, discover and practice music in every form. The Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris aims at offering spaces where the greatest ensembles play alongside young musicians and children just starting out in music. It encompasses a new building designed by Jean Nouvel (called Philharmonie) and the current Cité de la musique, created by Christian de Portzamparc. With its numerous spaces, resident ensembles and innovative artistic mission, it is a cultural centre that is truly unique in the world, bringing music awareness and learning to a diverse public.