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11 juillet 2015, 13h30

Strasbourg - Sax Open Festival

Auditorium de la Cité de la Musique et de la Danse  


11 juillet 2015, 16h

Strasbourg - Saxopen Festival

Auditorium de la Cité de la Musique et de la Danse

Concert commun Ensemble Linea / Proxima Centauri (Bordeaux)



16 juillet 2015, 19h30

Jardins de la Ferme Bleue - Uttenhoffen (Bas-Rhin)

Les impromptus de la Ferme Bleue - Dîner spectacle

A la rencontre de Stockhausen



28th august > 6 september 2015

2e Académie d'été de musique contemporaine avec l'Ensemble Linea

Second Summer Academy of New Music with the Ensemble Linea

Strasbourg - Cité de la Musique et de la Danse



19 septembre au 3 octobre 2015

Festival Musica - Académie de composition Philippe Manoury

Cité de la Musique et de la Danse - Strasbourg



Hot summer in Alsace with the Ensemble Linea

mercredi, 01 juillet 2015










Concert in La Ferme Bleue

in Uttenhoffen (northern Alsace), in 2004.








The Ensemble Linea remains present and active during the summer with some highlights to note in your agenda, if you stay in Alsace or if your route takes you there.

We are happy to join on stage our colleagues from Bordeaux Proxima Centauri on July 11th in Strasbourg at Saxopen , international saxophone festival for two concerts, at 1:30 PM and 4 PM, offering eight world premieres for saxophonist soloist and ensemble. We will premiere works by composers from all over the world (including our New York friend Alex Mincek). Don't miss this high-quality programme, performed by two french ensembles deeply committed in aesthetic dialogue and promoting young composers.

Stepping across the Strasbourg boundaries, we invite on July 16 th to an escape in the beautiful Alsatian countryside, by appointing people to a musical dinner at the “Jardins de la Ferme Bleue ” (“Gardens of the blue farm”), a charming and beautiful renovated old farm in one of those typical villages Alsace can be proud of. Stockhausen and “nouvelle cuisine” are at the menu. It is worth to book your table if you are nearby.

After a break for Linea's office (closing from July 18th to august 10th), we will conclude this summer on august 28th with our academy in Strasbourg. By the way, let's remind that applications are still open, until july 15th. There are still places in all classes. We are starting to conceive the programme of the orchestra workshops. We'll give more news here and there regarding the latters after the application deadline.

We hope to meet the most you during in the forthcoming weeks. Wherever your roads lead you, we wish to all of you, dear Linea's followers, a pleasant summer.





Académie : le teaser de l'académie est en ligne

lundi, 15 juin 2015















Un aperçu de ce qui attend les heureux étudiants de l'académie d'été à venir avec Linea, dans ce petit film réalisé par Product'Arts avec des images de la première académie et du récent concert à la Cathédrale de Strasbourg (Cliquez sur l'image).




Academy: applications open until july 15th

mercredi, 10 juin 2015

















Good news for all people interested to take part to the academy, application deadline is postponed to july 15th, 2015. Check the academy website for all details about classes, teachers and how to apply:



Linea's pedagogy

mardi, 02 juin 2015



 Répétition avec les étudiants du CRR et de la HEAR.














As many already know, all performances we had in may have been successful. Amongst others, the concert given in frame of the millenium of Strasbourg cathedral was definitely one of the highlights of spring, with a programme of high-level, performed by both Linea and students of the local music high schools. The latters, very committed in the project, have fully seized the opportunity of working with professional musicians who know to deal with contemporary music. Let's congratulate them here for their commitment and enthusiasm, which have greatly contributed to the success of this beautiful concert!

A new opportunity of benefiting from “Linea's pedagogy” is on the way for soon, with our second summer academy, held in Strasbourg from august 28th to September 6th . Open to all musicians wishing to discover new music or to improve their skills in performing it, Linea's academy offers them the possibility to progress by working in the real conditions of rehearsals and concerts, in frame of daily chamber music workshops. Teachers are members of Linea, alongside with two renowned guests (Nicholas Isherwood for the class of singing, and Jean-Marc Foltz for clarinet) and we cover a wide range of disciplines still have one month left to apply. Spread the word!


Check the our academy website :


Walking on the (blur) moon

vendredi, 15 mai 2015

















It might sounds funny to quote Police's famous hit, but it proves, if necessary, that pop-culture and new music can go together.


Starting today, in situ, the rehearsals of “Les Contes de la Lune Vague Après la Pluie” (“Tales of the blur moon after the rain”) at the Opera Comique in Paris, we feel the same enthusiasm as the one that felt the pioneers of the conquest of space, moved by a mix of childish excitement and scientific mind.


This new opera was a long term and large scale project, born while Linea was still in residence at the Royaumont Abbey, near Paris. Thanks to numerous efforts and means, brought by different partners, the dream to create a new opera has come true.


For Linea and for the spectacle itself, this premiere in Paris is both an end and a new departure, marking the recognition the Strasbourg based ensemble has reached. As a strange sign, our first concert, somewhere in the mid 90's, was the performance of Pierrot Lunaire; back to the moon, after long and patient little steps, we feel now ready for the giant leap. Thanks a lot to all people who made this possible.

After monday, we'll keep on walking on the moon together !


Our highlights for may

mercredi, 06 mai 2015

















Poster of the concert at Strasbourg Cathedral

(c) Deep Design


From Strasbourg to Saint Petersburg via Paris, Linea is on the way for numerous concerts in may. Undoubtedly, the parisian premiere of “Les contes de la lune vague après la pluie” at the Opéra Comique , on may 18th and 19th, is one of the events of the month, eagerly awaited, and preceded by excellent feedbacks after both world and swiss premiere of the opera in march.

The other highlight of the month is the concert given by the Ensemble Linea in Strasbourg Cathedral, on may 23rd, as part of the celebrations for the Millennium of the church (programme here , in french). For the occasion, a new work by Frédéric Durieux has been composed, addressing the complex History of Strasbourg, city at the very crossroads of cultures and languages.
Messiaen and works of young composers are also programmed. A unique concert in an emblematic place of Linea’s hometown.  By the way, admission is free !

These two great highlights will be preceded, on may 13th at the Italian Cultural Institute of Strasbourg , by a panorama of Italian contemporary music in its very diversity, from Fedele to Gardella, alongside with Scelsi and Francesconi. Free admission aswell.

Last but not least, it is with both enthusiasm and curiosity for geographical and cultural “terra incognitas” that drives us since our debuts, that we will land in St. Petersburg, mythical cultural capital of Russia, for a concert and workshops, in frame of ReMusik Festival, on may 25th and 26th.


All this sounds like a concentrate of Linea’s artistic identity, doesn’t it...? Looking forward to seeing you at those events, dear followers !




Teaser of the "Contes de la lune vague..." is online

jeudi, 23 avril 2015













For our followers who does understand french, please check the teaser of "Les contes de la lune vague après la pluie", the new chamber opera by Xavier Dayer, that Linea will premiere in Paris, on may 18th and 19th, at the renowned Opéra Comique. 
Teaser includes excerpts of the spectacle and interviews of stage director Vincent Huguet, and Linea's conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz. 


For non-french speaking friends, all details in english are available on the Opera Comique website . See you in Paris !






The academy brochures are ready !

lundi, 13 avril 2015












Brochures of Linea's summer academy have been printed last week. They are currently travelling to conservatoires, concert venues, music high schools of numerous countries. In the meantime you can download the brochure directly by clicking on the photo beside.




New opera with Ensemble Linea in Geneva

mardi, 24 mars 2015












After the highly acclaimed World Premiere at the Opera de Rouen (France), last weekend, the new opera "Les Contes de la lune vague après la pluie" keeps on going its way. The Ensemble Linea takes over the continuation of this exciting project at the crossroads of different arts and cultures.

Before Paris and the Opera Comique on May 18th and 19th 2015, swiss premiere is in Geneva next Sunday, March 29th with a concert version of the opera, in frame of Archipel Festival , where Linea has already performed in 2008.

Concert will be recorded by swiss french-speaking broadcasting, for an upcoming retransmission on swiss cultural radio Espace 2.




Les contes de la lune vague après la pluie

lundi, 02 mars 2015











Creation of the opera “Les contes de la lune vague après la pluie” (litteraly : "Tales of the vague moon after the Rain") is one of the great events to come up in 2015-2016. Written by the Swiss composer Xavier Dayer, co-produced by the "Rouen Haute Normandie" Opera, the Royaumont Foundation and the Opera Comique in Paris, with the support of eminent partners (*), this new opera mobilizes two renowned orchestras: the one of the Rouen Haute-Normandie Opera, and Ensemble Linea.


Orchestra of the Rouen Haute-Normandie Opera has the honour to premiere the spectacle, in Rouen (France) on 20th and 21st March, under the conducting of Jean-Philippe Wurtz . Then will Ensemble Linea take over and perform the opera, first in a “concert version” at the Geneva Archipel Festival on March 29th , then in the “opera version” at the Opera Comique in Paris, on 18th and 19th may.


Performances are also on the way for the next season, as an intense promotion campaign is currently engaged in that purpose... By the way, we recommend all people from the industry who are interested to discover the project to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it right away.

Inspired by the film, know in the english speaking world as “Ugetsu ”, by the great Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi, the opera is exploring human vanity in a tragic and moral fable, completed by touches of fantastique. The characters are victims of their own ambitions, cowardice and drives. By innovative elements in both musical and scenic process, composer Xavier Dayer, librettist Alain Perroux and director Vincent Huguet, are highlighting the personality of their characters, as well as the tragic weight of destiny, increased by greed and ambition. Even if taking place in a far japanese Middle Age, the “tale” has an universal meaning and works as a mirror of our contemporary world, an aspect of new music, that Ensemble Linea has always advocated.

(*) The opera was commissioned to Xavier Dayer with the support of Arthur Honegger Foundation, Fondation de France, and Pro Helvetia.

A booking support is provided by Arcadi Ile de France.



Paris, academy...Here are some of the events of the year

mercredi, 21 janvier 2015











New opera in Geneva and Paris


2015 marks a new step in the already rich carreer of Linea. The first months are giving the tone. Amongst the « not-to-miss » events to come up, we recommend you to book your agenda right away for « Les Contes de la lune Vague après la pluie », opera by the Swiss composer Xavier Dayer, that offers an exciting contemporary approach of the beautiful film by Kenji Mizoguchi , called in english under it original name « Ugetsu  ».

This co-production of the Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie, Royaumont Foundation and the Opéra Comique in Paris, gives the opportunity to Linea to perform it at Archipel Festival in Geneva on March 29th (Swiss premiere), and after it in Paris at the Opéra Comique, may 15th and 16th , for the already highly expected Parisian premieres.

Cathedral Millenium and concerts in Russia


May will be lively for Linea. Almost right after the Opéra Comique, on may 23rd is Linea back in its hometown Strasbourg to celebrate the Millennium of the Cathedral, with, among other, the world premiere of « Verticales Rouges » by Frédéric Durieux. Then will the ensemble fly to St. Petersburg for three concerts , the first of its career, in Russia.




Linea's summer academy : applications are open !


One of the other top events of 2015 is Linea's Summer Academy , scheduled from August 28th to September 6th, 2015. After the success of the first edition in which 25 students from all over the world were training one week long with Linea, we are currently working on the last details of the next academy. New classes are open and we will focus on practice, by forming a real « academy ensemble », merging students and Linea's musicians. The public will not be forgotten, with open-doors master classes, meetings and concerts.

By the way, applications are already open and run until July 1st 2015. The academy site is still under construction, but you can already look at the conditions and discover which classes we propose you. Check it out!

In order not to overload this long post already, we will not talk further about the other events of this year. Some are already mentioned in the agenda , and there will be other opportunities to highlight them. See you soon !

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