Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Academy 2023 – Composers

With Philippe LEROUX, Diana SOH, Du YUN, Ensemble COURT-CIRCUIT, Jean DEROYER, Johanna VARGAS, Yaron DEUTSCH


Submission period

Fri Dec 9, 2022 at 01:17PM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Jan 28 at 11AM UTC

Results date

Wed Feb 15 at 02PM UTC

The Voix Nouvelles Academy (33rd) is open to composers and performers wishing to hone their skills in the composition or the interpretation of the contemporary repertory and presents a rare opportunity to progress under the guidance of world-famous composers and performers.

For composers, it recreates the complete process of creation of a new work, in professional conditions: commission, composition, rehearsals, concert, under the supervision of internationally renowned tutors belonging to different aesthetics. It calls on the leading ensembles to rehearse and perform the works and to advise and interact with the composers, taking an active part in the elaboration of the work.

The performers will benefit from the advice of Ensemble Court-Circuit musicians during individual lessons, rehearsals of chamber music repertoire or solo works. They will form an ensemble, the "Ensemble Voix Nouvelles", which will work on and perform in concert emblematic works of contemporary literature as well as some of the works produced by the Academy's composers.

In its duration and its exceptional working conditions, the academy constitutes a unique forum for exchanges between composers, performers and thinkers.

After the Academy, Royaumont continues to support the composers participating in the Academy with the attribution of commissions for new works that will be performed at the Royaumont Festival or the partners.


Philippe Leroux, composer (France, 1959)
Diana Soh, composer (Singapoure, 1984)
Du Yun, composer (USA, 1966)
Ensemble Court-circuit (France)
Jean Deroyer, direction (France)
Johanna Vargas, soprano – Artist in residence at Royaumont (2021-2024)
Yaron Deutsch, electric guitar (Israël)

Philippe Leroux, composer (France, 1959)

In 1978, Philippe Leroux entered the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique), studied with Ivo Malec, Claude Ballif, Pierre Schäeffer and Guy Reibel and obtained three first prizes. Meanwhile, he followed classes with Olivier Messiaen, Franco Donatoni, Betsy Jolas, Jean-Claude Eloy and Iannis Xénakis. In 1993 he was selected to enter the Villa Medicis in Rome for two years, where he remained until 1995.
His compositional output (about seventy works to date) includes symphonic, vocal, electronic, acousmatic and chamber music. His works are the result of various commissionners, with among them the French Ministry of Culture, Radio-France Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestfunk Baden Baden, IRCAM, Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Court-Circuit, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montreal, Avanta Ensemble, Ensemble 2e2m, Ensemble Sillages, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, INA-GRM, Sixtrum, Ensemble Ictus, Festival Musica, Ensemble BIT 20, Koussevitsky Foundation, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ensemble Athelas, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, CIRM, INTEGRA, and several other institutions of international standard.
His music is widely performed in various European festivals and International orchestras such as Donaueschingen, Radio-France Présences (Paris), Agora (Paris), Venice Biennale, Ba th Festival, Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Stockholm ISCM, Barcelona Festival, Musiques en Scènes (Lyon), Festival Manca (Nice), Bergen Festival, Ultima (Oslo) Festival, Tage für Neue Musik (Zürich), BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Glasgow), Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Czech Philharmony, etc…
He has received many prizes and awards: Prix Hervé Dugardin, Best contemporary musical creation Award 1996 for (d’)ALLER, SACEM Prize, André Caplet and Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prizes from the Academy of Fine Arts (Institut de France), Salabert Prize for his piece Apocalypsis and Arthur Honegger Prize (Fondation de France) for his overhall production. In addition, Philippe Leroux writes articles on contemporary music, gives lectures and teaches composition at Berkeley University (California), Harvard, Grieg Academy (Bergen), Columbia University (New-York), Royal conservatory of Copenhage, Toronto University, Fondation Royaumont, IRCAM, American Conservatoire at Fontainebleau, Paris and Lyon Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs, Domaine Forget (Quebec) , Georgia Institute of Technology at Atlanta, Tchaïkovsky Conservatory at Moscow...
From 2001 to 2006 he was a teacher in composition at IRCAM in the frame of the "Cursus d’Informatique Musicale". In 2005 and 2006 he was professor at McGill University (a Fondation Langlois programme). From 2007 to 2009 he was composer-in-residence at Metz Arsenal and at Orchestre National de Lorraine, then since 2009 to 2011, invited professor at Université de Montréal (UdeM). From september 2011 he is Associate Professor in composition at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He is currently composer-in-residence at Ensemble MEITAR in Tel-Aviv.

Diana Soh, composer (Singapoure, 1984)

A multi-disciplinary Singaporean composer based in Paris, Diana Soh has written for a wide range of instrumentation and disciplines from chamber music to orchestra, dance, film, choral and vocal music, and multi-media site-specific works, with a special interest in theatre and for integrating the use of technology.
Her musical interest is directed at exploring performance interactivity and obtaining specific sound colours from the intimate collaboration with performers. She has received notable commissions from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Aix-en-Provence festival, Maison de Radio France, Opera de Lyon, Grand Théâtre de Provence for the Nouveaux Horizons festival, IRCAM, Philharmonie de Paris, La Chapelle Musicale, Gulbenkian Foundation and Théâtre du Luxembourg.
She has worked with musicians such as soprano Elise Chauvin, Maîtrise de Radio France, the Sequenza 93 choir, mezzo soprano Rosie Middleton, soprano Laura Bowler, organist Thomas Lacote and the musicians of 2E2M, Ensemble AEquilibrium, Ars Nova, Schaffield Ensemble, to name but a few.
Diana Soh studied at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, at the University at Buffalo with Jeff Stadelman and IRCAM. She has also participated in masterclasses and workshops with Péter Eötvös, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Isabel Mundry, Misato Mochizuki, and Beat Furrer. She is the recipient of the 2015 National Arts Council Singapore’s Young Artist Award and the 2017 Impuls composition competition.
Diana Soh participated as a composer student in the Voix Nouvelles Composition Session in 2017 and created The Nature of Things (Les Métaboles) in 2018 at the Royaumont Festival

Du Yun, composer (USA, 1966)

DU YUN, born and raised in Shanghai, China, and currently based in New York City, works at the intersection of opera, orchestral, theatre, cabaret, musical, oral tradition, public performances, electronics, visual arts, and noise. Her body of work is championed by some of today’s finest performing groups and organizations around the world.
Known for her “relentless originality and unflinching social conscience” (The New Yorker), Du Yun’s second opera, Angel’s Bone (libretto by Royce Vavrek), won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Composition category for her work Air Glow. Her collaborative opera Sweet Land with Raven Chacon (for opera company The Industry) was the 2021 Best New Opera by the North America Critics Association. Four of her feature studio albums were named The New Yorker’s Notable Recordings of the Year, in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, respectively.
A community champion, Du Yun was a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble; served as the Artistic Director of MATA Festival (2014-2018); conceived the Pan Asia Sounding Festival (National Sawdust); and founded FutureTradition, a global initiative that illuminates the provenance lineages of folk art and uses these structures to build cross-regional collaborations from the ground up. Du Yun was named one of 38 Great Immigrants by the Carnegie Foundation (2018), “Artist of the Year” by the Beijing Music Festival (2019). In 2022, she was granted a Creative Capital Award for an AR inter-generational Kun-opera project. Asia Society Hong Kong has honored her for her continued contribution in the performing arts field. Other notable awards include Guggenheim, American Academy Berlin Prize, Fromm Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
As an avid performer and bandleader (Ok Miss), her onstage persona has been described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge.”
Du Yun is Professor of Composition at the Peabody Institute, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her concert music is published worldwide by G.Schirmer.

Ensemble Court-circuit (France)

Founded in 1991 by the composer Philippe Hurel and the conductor Pierre-André Valade, Court-circuit has established itself from the outset as a first-class ensemble. Its commitment to contemporary musical creation is the real cement of the ensemble, and it is the musicians and their conductor Jean Deroyer to whom Court-circuit owes its nervous, rhythmic and incisive identity.
More than ever faithful to the "concert" form, Court-circuit is invited by the most prestigious international institutions and festivals (Ircam, Radio-France, Fondation Royaumont, Venice Biennale, Festival Musica, Traiettorie, Musica electronica nova, June in Buffalo, Montréal Musiques Nouvelles, December nights S.Richter, soundfestival, Musikagileak... )
Court-circuit is also involved in multidisciplinary projects that go beyond the sphere of contemporary music (opera, film-concert, dance, etc.). After having collaborated with the Paris Opera for choreographic creations, the ensemble created chamber operas in partnership with the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (The Second Woman - Grand Prix de la critique - and Mimi, operas by Frédéric Verrières directed by Guillaume Vincent), the Opéra Comique and the Opéra de Lille (La princesse légère, an opera by Violeta Cruz directed by Jos Houben - first performance in 2017) and the Opéra de Massy-Palaiseau (Le premier cercle, an opera by Gilbert Amy directed by Lukas Hemleb).
Court-circuit has affirmed its interest in transmission by collaborating occasionally with the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and regularly with the conservatories of Ile-de-France. In 2012, the ensemble moved to the Hauts-de-Seine. In 2014-15, it is in residence at the Conservatoire de Gennevilliers, before being welcomed from 2015-16 in a multi-year residency at the Théâtre de Vanves and from 2021 in Courbevoie.
Alongside the ensembles 2e2m, Cairn, Multilatérale and Sillages, Court-circuit founded the Ensemble(s) festival in 2020, dedicated to written contemporary music, whose third edition was held in 2022 at the Théâtre l'Échangeur in Bagnolet.
Court-circuit's discography is rich with some fifteen recordings. Several times Coup de Coeur de l'Académie Charles Cros, these CDs have received numerous awards (Choc du Monde de la Musique, Diapason d'or, 10 de Répertoire...).

Jean Deroyer, direction (France)

French conductor Jean Deroyer was born in 1979. He entered the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris at the age of fifteen, where he won five first prizes. Jean Deroyer has been invited to conduct the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Wien, the SWR Orchester Baden-Baden, the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Stuttgart, the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre national de Lille, Orchestre national de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre national de Lyon, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern and Klangforum Wien in venues such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Tokyo Opera City and Lincoln Center in New York.
In August 2007, he performed Stockhausen's Gruppen - for three orchestras and three conductors - at the Lucerne Festival with Peter Eötvös and Pierre Boulez. In September 2007, he was invited to conduct the Orchestre de Paris and returned to the orchestra several times in the following seasons. He has also made numerous recordings with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France for labels such as EMI Music and Naïve or for Radio-France.
In 2008, Jean Deroyer succeeded Pierre-André Valade as musical director of the ensemble Court-circuit.

Johanna Vargas, soprano – Artist in residence at Royaumont (2021-2024)

Johanna Vargas numbers among the most versatile and sought-after sopranos in the field of contemporary music. In 2020, the Colombian soprano performed with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. A member of the Vocalsolisten since 2020, she has also featured regularly at internationally renowned festivals for contemporary music, performing under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies in Naples, with Peter Rundel and the Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, at the ManiFeste IRCAM in Paris, with the Ensemble Recherche at the Witten Days for Contemporary Chamber Music, and being a regular fixture at the ECLAT Festival for contemporary music in Stuttgart.
Boasting comprehensive training and experience in genres ranging from bel canto to pop music, Vargas commands a range of vocal expression that brought her critical, popular and competitive success from a very early age. In 2015, she was awarded the Hanns Eisler Performance Prize in Berlin, followed in 2018 by the John Cage Prize in Halberstadt and a performer's scholarship at NUNC!3, the third edition of the Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC) and Festival in Chicago.
Johanna Vargas' vocal beauty and coloratura virtuosity is matched by a compelling physical and acting presence that is equally at home in theatrical and experimental performance environments as it is with the nuanced demands of chamber and solo performance in the concert hall.
This versatility has led to performances with the SWR Vokalensemble at the Salzburg Festspiel, Frankfurt's biennial cresc... Festival for contemporary music and the Musikfest at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, as well as with the Ensemble Cantando at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Vargas gives voice to her own artistic initiative in regular performances as one half of the duo LAB51, in partnership with the pianist Magdalena Cerezo.
Vargas' wealth of experience in opera and music theatre underlines her versatility as a performing artist, covering the full gamut of periods and styles from classical to modern repertoire. In 2020, she appeared in Irrgarten as part of the Neue Vocalsolisten's “Aus dem Home Studio” (From the Home Studio) series, and in Malte Giessen's Frame as part of that year's Eclat Festival in Stuttgart.
In 2018, she performed in Beat Furre´s Opera Begehren (Desire) at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. Her experience in classical operatic repertoire incudes the title rôles in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel and Handel's Rodelinda, as well as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Miss Jessel in Britten's The Turn of the Screw, and the sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Æneas.
Johanna Vargas has worked with such renowned artists as Sir Simon Rattle, Emilio Pomárico, Peter Rundel, Marcus Creed, Beat Furrer, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Bernhard Lang, Johannes Kreidler, Carola Bauckholt, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Wolfgang Rihm, Malte Giessen, Juliana Hodkinson, Sarah Maria Sun, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Andreas Eduardo Frank, Julia Mihaly, Thomas Hampson, Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley, as well as with many of the highest-profile contemporary music ensembles, including the Ascolta Ensemble, the Ensemble Recherche and the Ensemble Musikfabrik. The fruits of these collaborations, many of them world premières, can be heard in Vargas' numerous CD and broadcast recordings (Deutschlandfunk Kultur, WDR, Naxos, SWR).
Johanna Vargas is a graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, the University of the Arts in Bremen and the Universities of Music in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, having studied under leading artists including Hartmut Höll, Mitsuko Shirai, Angelika Luz and Georg Nigl. She has lectured in contemporary vocal performance at the University of Music in Karlsruhe since 2018.

Yaron Deutsch, guitar (Israël)

Yaron Deutsch (Tel Aviv, 1978), is a guitarist mainly known for his work in the field of contemporary (classical) music. He is the founder and artistic director of the chamber quartet NIKEL and a frequent guest in Europe’s finest groups & orchestras dedicated to contemporary music. Most often he plays with the acclaimed Klangforum Wien & Musikfabrik ensembles.

As a soloist he performed with the Israeli Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Turin) & SWR Symphonieorchester; playing under conductors: Sylvain Camberling, Titus Engl, Peter Eötvös, Zubin Mehta, Emilio Pomàrico, Peter Rundel, Ilan Volkov & Bas Wiegers to name a few.

Recordings featuring his playing are available on Col Legno, Kairos, Neos, Sub Rosa and Wergo labels.

Apart from his performative activities, he is a professor for contemporary music at the University of Music in Basel (Hochschule für Musik FHNW / Sonic Space Basel) and guitar tutor at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses.
As well he directs the International Festival for Contemporary Chamber Music in Tel Aviv – “Tzlil Meudcan” (In Hebrew: “Updated Tone”).


10 composers
8 performers: flutes, clarinets, oboe, piano, violin, viola, cello, conductor
Participants have to assist the entire Academy, 15 days for the composers or 8 days for the performers.
To have a good level of oral English.


from 26 August to 10 September 2023 [arrival on 25 August, departure on 11 September]
15 days of training - 105 hours

from 2 to 10 September 2023 [arrival on 1 September at the end of the day, departure on 11 September morning]
8 days of training - 56 hours

Public presentation
10 September 2022, at the Royaumont Festival, with audiovisuel captation


Application deadline: 27 January 2023 (23:55)
Result: 15 February 2023


• Biography
• CV
• Photo
• Motivation letter: motivation to participate, short ideas about the project.
Indicate the three preferred instrumentations (among formations 1 to 10, see above).
Applications that don't mention this information will not be considered.
• Three scores and the three corresponding recordings; good quality sound recordings are essential. Mock-ups are not accepted.

The Academy is only concerned with the creation of new works, specially written for the occasion.

Timetable for the delivery of your score composed especially for the Voix Nouvelles Academy:
60% of the score on 1 June 2023
80% of the score on 1 July 2023, with a note in English and French about the work (1200 characters including spaces)
100% of the score on 1 August 2023

Vocal and instrumental forces:
The following instrumental formations are proposed for the writing of the pieces. Each candidate must indicate a choice of three preferred instrumentations, which will be respected as far as possible. This indication is essential for the examination of the application: the application will be considered invalid if it is missing.

Please note: your work composed for the Academy may include light amplification or diffusion of fixed sounds, excluding any live electronics or spatialization.
• Formation 1: soprano and ensemble (flutes, clarinets, oboe, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano/harpsichord)
• Formation 2: ensemble (flutes, clarinets, oboe, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano/harpsichord)
• Formation 3: ensemble (flutes, clarinets, oboe, trombone, violin, viola, cello)
• Formation 4: soprano and string trio (violin, viola, cello)
• Formation 5: quintet (flutes, clarinets, oboe, trombone, piano/harpsichord)
• Formation 6: solo soprano
• Formation 7: trio (oboe, trombone, viola)
• Formation 8: soprano and ensemble (flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, piano/harpsichord)
• Formation 9: solo electric guitar
• Formation 10: electric guitar and harpsichord
The harpsichord is a modern harpsichord, designed between 1968 and 1972 by Anthony Sidey.

• Biography
• CV
• Photo
• Motivation letter: motivation to participate, skills and qualities, short ideas about the project
• Two video recordings of contemporary works
• List of contemporary repertoire already performed
• Wishes for works from the repertoire to be performed during the Academy (soloists or chamber musicians)


• Individual lessons (2 with each teacher composer);
• Group lessons (2 with each teacher composer);
• Video conference sessions between the ensemble, the invited professional soloists and the composers, before the works are handed over;
• Presentation by each composer of his or her career and work;
• Some specific instruments will benefit from a specific presentation, by video conference, by the invited professional instrumentalists and singer in order to facilitate the writing process;
• Collective management session (creation of an ensemble, contemporary music network, etc.);
• Rehearsals in the form of workshops;
• Public concerts presenting the final works, with audiovisual recording.

The selected performers work in chamber music and ensemble conducting a repertoire of 20th and 21st century classics and also on the catalog of the composers in residence. They benefit from:
• Individual lessons with the musicians of the invited ensemble;
• Supervised group work sessions;
• Collective and individual rehearsals;
• Collective management sessions (creation of an ensemble, contemporary music network...);
• Rehearsals in the form of workshops;
• Public concerts presenting the final work, with audiovisual recording.


The financial participation requested is:
Composers : 2 000 € including VAT
Performers : 1 000 € including VAT

You will have to pay 195 € including VAT, at the time of selection of participants for the Academy, by bank transfer. The cost of the transfer fees will be at your expense.

This amount of 195 € includes:
150 € registration fee (i.e. 125 € excluding VAT)
45 € not subject to VAT:
o 20 € membership of the Association des amis de Royaumont
o 25 € membership to the Royaumont Libraries (François-Lang Music Library and La Grange-Fleuret Library). These memberships cover a full year of operation.

You will have to pay the balance, at the latest on the first day of the academy (1805 € for composers and 805 € for performers).

The Royaumont Foundation will pay for:
- the cost of accommodation (meals and nights) and the full cost of teaching (trainers, instruments, etc.) for the duration of the course (except in special cases);
- the cost of transfers between the Viarmes train station / Paris Charles de Gaulle airport/train station and the abbey.

The trainee is responsible for:
- travel expenses (home - Viarmes / Paris Charles de Gaulle station - home);
- the purchase and printing of scores (performers).

You can benefit from a financial contribution according to your situation :

> Intermittent du spectacle (French only):
for intermittents du spectacle, by AFDAS if you fulfil the conditions.
If you are eligible for AFDAS aid you will pay 195 €.

> Salaried employee:
for employees (full-time or part-time): check with your employer to see if they can pay all or part of your fees.

> Jobseekers (French only):
for jobseekers: consult the Pôle Emploi.
If you are eligible for AFDAS aid you will pay 195 €.

> Grant from the Association des amis de Royaumont:
If you are under 30 years of age on the first day of the academy, the Association des amis de Royaumont awards grants to artists who do not yet have a regular professional activity, according to their artistic potential and their financial situation. The Royaumont Foundation will send you a questionnaire on the financial situation when the participant will be selected, after verifying theage on the first day of the academy. The amount to be paid will be specified according to the scholarship awarded.


This Voix Nouvelles Academy is supported by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, the SACEM, the ADP Group, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Christine Jolivet Erlih, Michèle Gagliano, the Amis de Royaumont.
The Royaumont Foundation is a member of the ULYSSES Network, co-financed by the European Union's Creative Europe program.