The International Summer Academy of Nice...

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The Summer Academy on Nice, this is :

  • One academy and one festival, both established for 61 years.
  • Four one-week sessions from mid-july to mid-august
  • An essential passage to start a musical career, to improve a technic, to work on a programm or understand a piece of music
  • The best national and international artists
  • 60 renowned masters sharing theirs skills and knowledges with players and singers

This is also :
  • Courses adapted to the continuing education of professionals
  • An international training to evaluate, to improve and progress
  • An intense pedagogical support through the Boosted sessions
  • The unique opportunity to feel the world of the music with students of 50 nationalities
  • The respect of the teaching following the traditions of the great musical schools : german, french, russian...
  • Weekly students' concerts with audience
  • The prestigious concerts within the Cloister of the Monastery in Cimiez
  • An incomparable work environment in the Conservatoire of Nice


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1957/2006The Academy takes place at Villa Paradisio (24 boulevard de Cimiez) in the local conservatory.


1st edition of the International Summer Academy of Nice, on the initiative of Fernand Oubradous (1903/1986), bassoon virtuoso, teacher and inspirer of many chamber music ensembles. It becomes annual from 1959. From 1957 to 2006, the Academy venue moves to the Villa Paradiso, in the conservatory premises.


Jacques Taddei, Director of the Conservatory of Music of Paris, pianist, organist, improviser... becomes the President and Artistic Director of the Academy.


After three years of interruption, the serenade concerts are resumed in the beautiful setting of the Cloister of Cimiez Monastery. Along with the teachers' concerts, the Academy organises concerts and auditions of students.


As part of the 40th anniversary of the Academy, on the initiative of Jacques Taddei and the Nice Opera, the "Cloister Concerts" assume greater importance.


The Academy pays homage to its Honorary President Marcel Landowski and to one of its iconic teachers, Jean-Pierre Rampal.


The number of students continues to increase, reaching 1,000 students, internet becoming the major method of enrolment. Some 50 countries are represented.


The Youth Orchestra of the Academy is created on the initiative of Jacques Taddei. It is formed of talented young musicians from advanced conservatories of Paris and Lyon.


The Academy opens its permanent office in the Monastery of Cimiez to accommodate the Managing Director of the association. It begins the creation of a heritage audio-visual catalogue of Master Classes (online search engine of archives for educational purposes), innovative positioning against the competition. Along with its musical campus, it organises a series of concerts as part of the "Summer Soirées" of the General Council of Alpes-Maritimes to popularise its activities across the department.


For all its training and distribution actions, in addition to its public partners, the Academy strengthens its partnerships with the addition of Académie des Beaux-Arts, Caisse des Dépôts, SACEM and Spedidam. It forges links with the BPCA, Le Fond pour la Création Musicale as well as several partners from communication and corporate sectors.


The Academy celebrates its 50th anniversary. It joins the new Conservatory of Nice, with the accommodation of its students at the historical and fully renovated Cité Universitaire Montebello in the Valrose Park. It hosts in residence the Youth Orchestra of the Mediterranean. For the first time, the Academy is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, under the parliamentary reservation.


A 5th week of teaching is opened with "thematic" disciplines and the Academy hosts two youth orchestras in residence: the Youth Orchestra of the Mediterranean and the Youth Orchestra of the Academy. Systematic video recordings of Master Classes for the Heritage catalogue, adding each year 600 to 700 hours of programmes.


Despite a difficult international situation, the Academy maintains the number of its enrolled students at 600, with a significant presence of Asian students. It is also time to streamline the working of the Academy, with significant savings in terms of personnel and equipment.


The "Cloister Concerts" festival receives a new boost with the participation of elite soloists making it one of the major cultural events of the region during the summer.


Despite the continuing economic crisis and the situation in Japan which represents nearly 30% of its students, the Academy maintains its employee strength, particularly with the arrival of South Americans. The residence of the Youth Orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music in New York (prestigious international training school of orchestra musicians) under the direction of Philippe Entremont thrills the audience of concerts and allows students to participate in six exceptional evenings as part of the Cloister Concerts. Public attendance is up since 2009, with an overall 10% increase of ticket sales. The Academy is accredited under the European programme "Youth in Action".


Tragic death in June 2012 of Jacques Taddei, president and artistic director of the association and a faithful friend of the Academy, the great pianist Brigitte Engerer. Hubert Tassy, Director of EPCC Royal Salt works of Arc-et-Senans, succeeds him. The financial balance of concerts remains elusive, which is the case for most classical music festivals in France and Europe Huge increase in the number of Russian students.


Along with "Traditional" sessions of Master Class, creation of Master Class "Boosted Sessions". They offer a new way of learning at the Academy: greater intensity of work, increased teaching support and multiple opportunities for students. The Academy is committed to improving the living conditions of students, to enhance the musical environment of the Campus. It is labelled "Eco-Responsible" in the Agir+ project of the PACA region. Creation of Jacques Taddei Prize for encouraging undiscovered talent in music, regarding all subjects taught at the Academy. The art direction is entrusted to the pianist Olivier Gardon.


The Department "Theatre and Lyrical Interpretation" attracts an increasing number of students and young professionals. A new space for discovery is created: the "Melting Point," between jazz and classical, world music and contemporary music. The official graduation every Sunday with the team of teachers, students and directors of the Academy becomes an event open to all.


At the crossroads of the musical world, the Academy is again extremely visible with students from almost 50 different nationalities and with a large number of Asian musicians. The catering, organised internally at no extra cost, enjoys a great success, adding to the village atmosphere and musical mood of the campus. The Cloister Concerts, chamber music and concertos combined with the charms of the Cloister of the Cimiez Monastery, remain the main attractions of the Academy. Celebration of the centenary of Marcel Landowski, Honorary President of the association in the past. The soloists are the Academy's professors attracting hundreds of student musicians from all over the world. The union of these artists from all over the world always has an exalting effect. They played a significant role in the development of the Academy and their disappearance in 2012 caused a great emotion: Academician, pianist, organist, director of the Conservatory of Music of Paris, Jacques Taddei, who was President of the Academy for many years, gave his name to the so-called "Spanish" garden of the Cimiez Monastery. Meanwhile, the driveway leading to Cloister paid tribute to the great musician and virtuoso Brigitte Engerer. The ceremony presided by the Deputy Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, in the presence of family and friends of Jacques Taddei was the highlight of this edition.


Suite aux tragiques événements du 14 juillet à Nice, l'Académie d'été fait le choix de maintenir ses 4 sessions annuelles et d'accueillir l'ensemble des étudiants inscrits. En hommage aux disparus, le concert d'ouverture leur est dédié et celui-ci s'ouvre avec une émouvante Marseillaise. 


Marie-Josèphe JUDE élue Présidente et Directrice artistique
de l’Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice

Née d’un père français et d’une mère sino-vietnamienne, c’est au Conservatoire de Nice que Marie-Josèphe Jude commence ses études musicales. Elle obtient à 16 ans ses 1ers prix de piano et de musique de chambre au Conservatoire de Paris. Victoire de la Musique en 1995, sa carrière de soliste la mène dès lors dans les salles et festivals du monde entier. Son répertoire de prédilection se reflète dans son importante discographie. Elle consacre aussi une grande partie de son activité à l’enseignement : après avoir été professeure au CNSMD de Lyon, elle enseigne au CNSMD de Paris.