Conducting Masterclass: Dérive 2 - Pierre Boulez

August 13 - 18, 2019


Submission period

Fri Apr 19 at 8 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Jun 1 at 2 PM UTC

Results date

Sun Jun 30 at 3 PM UTC


The Peter Eötvös and Royaumont Foundations offer a unique conducting masterclass, under the direction of conductors Peter Eötvös and Jean-Philippe Wurtz. This training offers 12 young conductors to improve themselves in the practice of contemporary repertoire, through the study of two emblematic works of this repertoire: Le Marteau sans Maître- Pierre Boulez and Messages of the late R.V. Troussova by György Kurtag. The work of Boulez, with its incredible technical difficulties, has been the source of a genuine new school of conducting, engineered by Boulez. Kurtag's piece is no less difficult, and calls upon conductors a huge effort in structuring the score: they will have here the great opportunity of working with the composer during a preparatory phase in Budapest. Thanks to the partnership with the Peter Eötvös Foundation, 6 students will study the Boulez piece in Royaumont with Ensemble Linea while 6 students will study the Kurtag piece with Hungarian ensemble UMZE. After this preliminary phase, the 2 pieces will be rehearsed and presented to the public in Royaumont, on the 9 th of April.


Peter EÖTVÖS |  Conductor, composer and teacher, the Hungarian Peter Eötvös combines all three functions in one very high-profile career. Born in Transylvania in 1944, he has been considered one of the most significant and influentail personalities on the music scene as both an internationally recognized conductor and a composer of successful operas, orchestral works and concertos, writte, for well-known artists from all over the world.

Jean-Philippe WURTZ |Jean-Philippe Wurtz is a performer actively committed to creation. He has given more than three hundred world premieres, including works by Peter Eötvös, Klaus Huber, Philippe Manoury, Brian Ferneyhough and Raphaël Cendo; he founded the Ensemble Linea in 1998. He also has a busy schedule as an educator, notably in collaboration with Peter Eötvös, at the Académie de l'Ensemble Linea and at the Haute École des Arts du Rhin.

Ensemble LINEA| Founded in Strasbourg by pianist and conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz in 1998, Ensemble Linea has, since its beginnings, been committed to promoting a democratization of contemporary music, giving priority to the encounter with the audience, to openness towards other artistic disciplines, and to an active booking strategy. 

UMZE Ensemble | The UMZE Ensemble gave its debut concert at the 1997 Budapest Autumn Festival. In the spirit of the original New Hungarian Music Society, formed by Bartók, Kodály, and Leo Weiner in 1911, the UMZE Ensemble continues to keep classic compositions of the 20th century in its repertoire while bringing works by both national and foreign composers to its listeners.

PLACES AVAILABLE FOR : Twelve conductors born after 1 January 1985

  • 6 conductors > Boulez  : only in Royaumont
  • 6 conductors > Kurtág : in Budapest and in Royaumont


  • Giving to young conductors the possibility of rehearsing and playing with professional ensembles
  • Transfer the "tradition" regarding the performance: case of Kurtag, who will be instructing to conductors regarding how to perform Troussova
  • Rehearsals supervised by the professionals


BOULEZ  | Le Marteau sans maitre

KURTAG|  Messages of the late R.V. Troussova

Each applicant has to make a repertory choice:

Main choice Boulez > Royaumont

Main choice Kurtag > Budapest + Royaumont

APPLICATION - Conductors

Biography*, CV (résumé)*, letter of application*, photo*, letter to Association des Amis de Royaumont (For Royaumont only)

Video recording of a contemporary work (rehearsal accepted), internet link (youtube, Google Drive, Dropbox)

Conductors should provide a list of contemporary repertory already performed*



No audition - sleection upon application material

Application until 8th of February 2017


For Boulez | FONDATION ROYAUMONT - from 31 March to 9 April 2017

For Kurtág | BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTER: from 31 March to 4 April 2017

Public presentation KURTÁG – 4 APRIL


Final step  | FONDATION ROYAUMONT: from 5 to 9 April 2017

Public presentation Boulez & Kurtág : 9 APRIL – 17.00 




The financial participation charged to students consists of:
- registration (150 €)
- membership of the 
Association des amis de Royaumont (15 €)
- access to the 
François Lang Music Library (12 €)
- a contribution to accommodation expenses 
Tuition possibilities according to your situation are detailed below (
Tuition possibilities).

The Fondation Royaumont covers:
- all subsistence expenses (accommodation, meals) and pedagogical costs (teaching, instruments…) for the entire duration of the course (except specific case)
- transfer costs from Viarmes train station to the abbey (round trip).

The participant takes on his own:
- travel expenses (round trip) from his place of residence to Viarmes train station

Tuition possibilities

Intermittent du spectacle (France):
for intermittents du spectacle (short-term contract workers in the music industry): by AFDAS if you fulfil the following conditions: two years of activity, 48 fee units (jours) in France, justified by Congés Spectacles certificates and payslips;

1. As soon as you are selected by the Fondation Royaumont, you check that you are a AFDAS beneficiary and inform the Fondation
2. The Fondation Royaumont sends you a quotation, the presentation of the training and the 
AFDAS tuition form completed by Royaumont
3. You fill the 
AFDAS tuition form and gather the files requested by AFDAS
4. You send your tuition form to AFDAS no later than 4 weeks before the first day of training
5. You and the Fondation Royaumont receive the AFDAS answer
If you are eligible for any of the above aids, you will pay only the registration fee, a total amount of 177 €.

Salaried employee(France):

for salaried employees (full- or part-time): check with your employer its training programme;
If you are eligible for any of the above aids, you will pay only the registration fee, a total amount of 177 €.

Jobseekers (France):

for jobseekers: consult the local branch of Pôle Emploi;
If you are eligible for the above aid, you will pay only the registration fee, a total amount of 177 €.


 The Association des amis de Royaumont scholarships 2017 

- to instrumentalists born after 1 January 1992 
- to singers born after 1st January 1989
- to conductors born after 1st January 1985
The Association des amis de Royaumont awards scholarships who do not yet have a regular professional activity and whose situation meets the age limits detailed above, on artistic potential and financial situation. 
These awards are decided by board meetings of the Association on the basis of written dossiers (CV [résumé] and letter of application). 
If you are eligible for the above aid, you will pay only the registration fee, a total amount of 177 €.

Participants ineligible for any other form of financial aid will pay registration fees, membership to the Amis de Royaumont, access to the library and part of the accomodation fees, 
ie a total of 677 € for conductors, whereas the Fondation covers complementary cost of training.

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Active participantsSelected active participants: 500 € (to be paid until 15 March 2017) / 80 000 HUF for Hungarian citizens (application via the Ulysses platform

Observers: 100 € (to be paid before the course starts) / 10 000 HUF for Hungarian citizens 

Payment of active and observer contribution by bank transfer to the following account:

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation

Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest

IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000


Observers : Application material | online application form only via and only for the Budapest period 1-4 april 2017.

Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction.

The course contributions fee include extra programs: during the course all participants receive tickets for jazz concerts in the Opus Jazz Club  and they can attend contemporary concerts at Budapest Music Center. 

The contribution does include a Budapest-Paris plane ticket, transfer from Paris to Royaumont and back to Paris, accomodation and meals only in Royaumont but not in Budapest. 

In total 3 active scholarships are available at the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation for the Budapest period, applicants should indicate their request on the application form and a recommendation letter must also be enclosed. Please note: we can not accept requests after we close the application process.

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With the partnership of the Peter Eötvös Foundation