The Rameau Youth Orchestra welcomes young instrumentalists coming from top music conservatories from around the world as well professional musicians already holding posts with symphonic ensembles wishing to develop their skill sets for French repertoire on historical instruments. The academy of the Rameau Youth Orchestra is staffed by both French and international professional musicians with a strong background in French music.

The Rameau Youth Orchestra is partnered with the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris (CRR de Paris), the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional du Grand Avignon and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional d’Aix en Provence.

The Rameau Youth Orchestra has the goal of replicating the original disposition of the Académie Royale de Musique during Rameau’s time. This means reuniting a group of approximately 50 instrumentalists in order to attain the most faithful reconstitution possible of this soundscape.

Much of Rameau’s music has yet to be discovered; several of his operas are still unpublished. In 1996, Sylvie Bouissou, a privileged collaborator of the JOR, launched the complete edition of the composer’s works as the Jean-Philippe Rameau • Opera omnia (worldwide distribution via Bärenreiter) and thus made accessible a large swath of repertoire. Our project is inscribed in this vast operation of the rediscovery of Rameau’s oeuvre. To solidify our contribution, the team at Opera Omnia are currently preparing editions of several still unpublished works specially chosen for the Rameau Youth Orchestra.

A recording will be made by the team of the recording label Paraty and will be distributed by PIAS-Harmonia Mundi on digital platforms. This album, a world-premiere recorded interpretation of several unedited works of Rameau, will also be a formidable tool for the career development of these artists. The production process of this album will allow young musicians to better understand the challenges of the recording world.

The Rameau Youth Orchestra also aims to be a networking platform, hence the creation of a Networking Space between the participants, the specialized press and musicologists whose research centers around French repertoire.

All of the activities of the academy, the recording and the concerts will be filmed by Classiquenews, our official media channel.