Orchestre Atlantique

Petr Pařízek: composer

Jeune Orchestre Atlantique was created in 1996 by the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique et de la Danse de Poitou-Charentes and the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes. JOA meets six times a year for intensive courses in orchestral and chamber music. It gathers young musicians and students at the Abbaye aux Dames to follow a comprehensive training programme on the performance of classical and romantic repertoire on period instruments. The JOA teachers come from the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées or other professional orchestras specialised in period instruments as well as professors from music academies and conservatoires. Each JOA training session resolves in one or several concerts in France or around Europe. Thanks to JOA, the musicians have the possibility to play under the direction of famous conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Immerseel, Christopher Hogwood, François-Xavier Roth, Marc Minkowski and Louis Langrée. Auditions are organised each year in several European capitals. This international orchestra assembles young musicians from the entire world – Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia, Colombia, Japan … etc. representing about 20 different nationalities each year. Thanks to the project “EUR-TEXT – Back to the future!” and the support of the CULTURE programme from the European Commission, in 2012 JOA will perform in Malta, Łódź (Poland) and Brnĕ (Czech Republic). As from September 2012 JOA also offers the opportunity for young musicians to follow a new masters degree programme: Recherche et Pratique Orchestrale issued by the University of Poitiers. The singularity of the training programme, the cultural diversity of the students and teachers, as well as the exceptional spot of the Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes contribute to make the JOA training programme an international reference.