Creative Dialogue France


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Creative Dialogue France follows the educational concept developed by Anssi Karttunen, Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho in 2007. The workshop brings together young performers and composers as close as possible to the moment of creation. All the technical, artistic and emotional challenges are solved together under the supervision of their experienced colleagues. In the Music Schools and Conservatories musicians learn most of the important aspects of their profession from their teachers, but the area of learning from each other during the process of creation is often not addressed enough. This is why Creative Dialogue is necessary.

12 editions of Creative Dialogue have been held in the USA and Finland in collaboration with Sibelius Academy of Helsinki and some of the most famous musical institutions of the Northern Hemisphere: Juilliard School, Yale University, Colombia University, CNSM de Paris, HEM de Géneve, Royal Academy of Music of London, etc. Creative Dialogue France opens a new European chapter in a historically rich area of France. The concerts offer the audience a view to the creative process and its historical perspective.

The young composers write pieces during the workshop which are developed together with the young performers and performed in the concerts. In this situation everyone has to develop their creative mind to react to the challenges. The role of the faculty is not to be teachers, they are available to share their experience with the young musicians in a practical situation. Learning to know the minds of the young composers helps to imagine the how the minds of historical composers worked and the composers learn what is important in communicating their ideas to performers.

Composers are asked also to perform in their own works to give them practical experience about the challenges of preparing their own music for performance. In parallel the performers work on central chamber music repertoire together with the members of the faculty giving thus a historical perspective to the new pieces. Improvisation workshops are also an important part of Creative Dialogue France.

The faculty consisted this year of the world reknown composer Magnus Lindberg and the Zebra Trio whose members are Ernst Kovacic, violin, Steven Dann, viola and Anssi Karttunen, cello. All have since many years invested a lot of their time to teaching and sharing their experience with younger musicians.

The workshop is very intense and gives the participants an immersion into the creative process. It has always been an eye-opening experience for all participants. Most participants find their musical lives to be forever widened and many new collaborations and ensembles have been created thanks to Creative Dialogue.

Faculty 2021:


Magnus Lindberg - Finland, France


Ernst Kovacic, violin - Austria

Steven Dann, viola - Canada

Anssi Karttunen, cello - Finland, France

Creative Dialogue invites the participants through trusted teachers from some of the worlds most well-known conservatories and music universities.

Participants 2021:

3 composers

                Nastaran Yazdani - Iran:  Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris

                Philip Dutton - UK: Guildhall shool of Music and Drama

                Geoff King - UK: Royal Academy of Music, London

3 violinists:

                Daniele Brekyte - Lithuania: University of Arts, Vienna

                Phelan Walker - Norway: Royal Conservatory, Oslo

                Jennifer Murphy - Ireland

3 violists

                Ryan Davis - Canada:  Royal Conservatory, Toronto

                Max Nyman - Finland

                Aurore Pignoque- France: CNSM de Lyon, France

3 cellists

                Fiona Robson - Canada:  CNSM de Paris, France

                Katarina Leskovar - Slovenia: Academy of Music, Basel 

                Maria Franz - Germany

The workshop culminated in three concerts given in different cultural landmarks of the region:

3 Septembre, 20:00, Eglise de Champtocé-sur-Loire

4 Septembre, 20:00, Pôle culturel de Faye-d’Anjou

5 Septembre, 16:00,  Abbatiale de St-Florent-le-Vieil

Creative Dialogue France is supported by:

Fondation de Luxembourg

Programme Rolex de Mentorat artistique

l’Ambassade de Finlande en France

and the municipalities of

Champtocé-sur-Loire, Faye d’Anjou and St. Florent-le-Vieil.



Tel: +33 6 88 48 48 67


+33 2 47 52 51 56 / +33 66 85 16 90 39





Creative Dialogue France, Château de Beauchêne

Chateau de Beauchêne, 49123 Champtocé-sur-Loire - France