Conducting academy – Annual training – Art of conducting

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Teaching staff

The course is led by Philippe Fournier (lecturer in conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris)
assisted by Francesc Llongueres, Jean-Pierre Prajoux and Camilo Esteban Giraldo Duque.

Punctual external stakeholders participation, on specific workshops:
Patrick Roger (Sofrologie), Alessandro Biscaccianti (cardiofeedback), Florent Gilfaut (computer music), Lynda Fournier (pedagogy and personal development),Franck Adrien (Actor), Serge Bubisutti (Legal)

Philippe Fournier

He was unanimously awarded First Prize in the Higher Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and was a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.

Since 1980, he has been directing orchestral conducting courses and workshops. In 1985, he founded the Orchestre symphonique Lyonnais (a professional orchestra), with which he has given over 2,000 concerts in France and abroad (Germany, Canada, Spain, Italy, Greece, England, Morocco, New Caledonia, Switzerland, Hungary, Russia, Malta, Poland and China).

He also teaches conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

Passionate about teaching, he works in collaboration with many different social environments (early childhood – the disabled – music schools – commented concerts – the corporate world). Philippe Fournier is the course’s pedagogical director.

He is also guest conductor with major symphony orchestras: Orquesta Filarmonica Antoquia (Medellin Colombia) – Orchestre Symphonique de Shenzen (China) – Orquesta Filarmonica Nacional (Caracas- Venezuela) – Orchestre Sinfonia de Montréal – Orchestre Sinfonia de Lausanne – Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles – Orchestre National de Lille – Orchestre Philharmonique de l’opéra de Nice – Orchestre de l’Opéra de Dijon – Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup and the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra Bastille – Orchestre Lamoureux – Orchestre National d’Ile de France – Orchestre et les Choeurs Colonne – Orchestre National de Montpellier – Orchestre de Picardie – Orchestre de Chambre Français – Orchestre des Pays de Savoie.

Francesc Llongueres

He studied music in his native Barcelona, as a pianist, choirmaster and orchestra conductor with teachers Angel Soler, Enric Rib and Antoni Ros Marb respectively.

He then perfected his musical studies in Würzburg (Germany): piano with P. Schulz Thierbach, harmony, counterpoint and orchestration with and Hans B. Hummel, and conducting with Hans REINARTZ. He later studied musical composition in Stuttgart (Germany) with Milko Kelemen.

He was also an exceptional pupil of Sergiu Celibidache, with whom he perfected his studies of conducting and musical phenomenology over a period of ten years. He has been artistic director and founder of a number of choirs (Choeur Cité de Tarragona) and orchestras ( J.J.M.; O. de chambre de Virtèlia, Cobla Villa Olesa etc …) and has been artistic director of the Festival Internationale de Musique Cadaqués (2003-2007) and the Festival de Musique des les cultures.

“As a guest conductor he has conducted several orchestras in Catalonia (O. Città de Barcelona. O. Solistes de la Catalogne, Banda Municipal de Musique de Barcelone , O. de Cadaqués, etc.), in Spain (O. RTVE.; O. de Valladolid, O. de Valence etc.) and also in other countries (World Orkestra of Barcelona. other countries (World Orquestra de J.J.M.M , YMSO London etc.).

He is currently the conductor of the Barcelona Sinfonietta professional orchestra. Alongside his work as a conductor, he has done important work in the field of education. He has been

Jean-Pierre Prajoux

Jean-Pierre PRAJOUX studied music at the conservatoires of Saint Etienne and Lyon, where he won distinctions for trumpet and cornet. He also took courses in analysis, aesthetics and musical writing, and worked as a conductor with Roger and Yves Cayrol, Dominique Ruitz and Pierre Bégou.

He has been director of several music schools since 1985, giving pupils the opportunity to learn music by taking part in choirs, orchestras and musical performances.

Since 1990, he has directed a number of different groups (wind band, symphony orchestra, choir, instrumental or operatic soloist), sometimes grouped together, to put on concerts and shows in a wide repertoire (light or classical music, jazz, modern music, opera, etc.) produced throughout France, on tour abroad or at international festivals (Germany, Portugal, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, etc.).

Camilo Esteban Giraldo Duque

Camilo Giraldo began his training as a violinist in Medellín with the maestros Ruth Stella Alvarez and Hans Jurjaanz and continued in Paris with Tatiana Afanassief, Christophe Bruno and Terlecky Veronique. He then pursued a training as a conductor in Lyon and Moscow with maestros Philippe Fournier, Jean-Pierre Prajoux and Viacheslav Valeev.

He developed his career as a violinist, soloist and conductor with the Medellín Philharmony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Antioquia, the Orchestre Symphonique Confluences, the Orchestre de la Cite de Paris, the orchestra of the P.I Tchaikovski State Conservatory in Moscow and at the Ippolitov-Ivanov Institute, as well a other musical formations and chamber music ensembles. He is the composer, producer and editor of the film score for the colombian movie Me Llevaras en Ti.

He is also trained in commercial administration, coaching and PNL, for which he is recognized as international speaker. He aims to integrate these disciplines in order to develop and lead international academic and social change projects through music. He is currently the manager of Entre-Arte s.a.s and codirector of the symphonic corporation Confluences Medellín Columbia.


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