Creative Dialogue France


En Francais

26th of August - 5th of September 2021

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 consists 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 long invested a lot of energy to teaching and sharing their experience with younger colleagues.

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.



Magnus Lindberg - Finland, France


Ernst Kovacic, violin - Austria

Steven Dann, viola - Canada

Anssi Karttunen, cello - Finland, France


3 violinists

3 violists

3 cellists

3 composers/instrumentalists

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


  1. The instrumentalists form 3 string trios and each of these groups is joined by 1 composer participant.

  2. Composers write a piece for string trio and an instrument they play themselves.

  3. Composers meet for private and group lessons with the faculty composer.

  4. The instrumentalists form ensembles with 1 Zebra-trio member each to prepare a work of the classical repertoire: Schubert - String Trio D 581, Mozart - String Quintet, Brahms - String Quintet Op.34

  5. The instrumentalists prepare a solo or ensemble piece by Magnus Lindberg: Espressione I, Partia, Maguey de Tlalcoyote

  6. All instrumentalists and composers participate in improvisation workshops.

The workshop culminates in three concerts given in different cultural landmarks of the region.

Magnus Lindberg, composer

Magnus Lindberg is one of the most internationally appreciated composers in the world today. Born in Helsinki in 1958, he studied at the Sibelius Academy with the pioneering modernist Paavo Heininen. He continued his studies in Paris with Vinko Globokar and Gérard Grisey and worked regularly at the IRCAM research institute.

Ever since his first international success Kraft for soloists and orchestra he has been commissioned to write pieces for orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris etc. He has been the Composer-in-Residence for the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestras and Orchestre National de Lille. Festivals of his music have been organised in London, Strasbourg, Helsinki, Tokyo and many other cities.

Lindberg has been awarded many important composition awards, such as the Nordic Music Prize and the Wihuri Award. He sits on the jury of many important competitions.

An active performer as conductor, pianist and improviser, he often performes his own music and has appeared in the famous Toimii ensemble, in duo with Anssi Karttunen and in trio with Karttunen and John Paul Jones.

Teaching has always been an important part of Lindberg's life. He created and run for many years the composition seminar at Suvisoitto-Festival in Finland and given master classes around the world. He has collaborated with Anssi Karttunen for workshops such as the the Creative Dialogue, and at the Britten-Pears School in England.

Anssi Karttunen, cello

Anssi Karttunen is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 180 world premieres of works by composers as diverse as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi and Tan Dun.

Apart from playing in the Zebra Trio he appears in recitals with Magnus Lindberg and Nicolas Hodges. With the multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones Karttunen has two groups: Sons of Chipotle and Tres Coyotes.

Between 1994 and 1998 he was the artistic director of the Avanti!-Chamber Orchestra. He was the artistic director of the 1995 Helsinki Biennale and the Suvisoitto-festival in Porvoo, Finland from 1994 to 1997. From 1999 to 2005 Anssi Karttunen was the principal cellist of the London Sinfonietta. He was the artistic director of the Musica nova Helsinki festival in 2015.

Since 2008 Anssi Karttunen has led the Creative Dialogue workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Järvenpää, Finland together with Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg. He gives masterclasses and workshops all over the world and teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

Steven Dann, viola

Steven Dann’s career has covered a wealth of violistic possibilities; as principal viola of some of the world’s leading orchestras, as a veteran of the string quartet and chamber music world, as soloist and recitalist and as a dedicated teacher.

Steven Dann has been Principal Viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Vancouver Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a guest principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Mr. Dann has commissioned and premiered many new works from such composers as Alexina Louie, Peter Lieberson, R. Murray Shafer, Frederick Schipitsky, Christos Hatzis, Walter Buczyinski and Michael Oesterle.

As a performer and teacher, Mr. Dann is a regular guest at many international festivals and arts schools. He teaches at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Steven Dann has directed chamber music courses at the Domaine Forget in Quebec, Music by the Sea in Bamfield BC and the National Arts Centre’s Summer Music Institute in Ottawa.

Ernst Kovacic, violin

Ernst Kovacic’s repertory is prodigious and includes all the major works of the baroque, classical and romantic periods. His special energy and commitment to twentieth century music make him an ideal collaborator in the creation of new compositions, composers who have written for him include Friedrich Cerha, HK Gruber, Ernst Krenek, Kurt Schwertsik, Ivan Erod, Robin Holloway, Nigel Osborne and Helmut Eder, Johannes-Maria Staud and Beat Furrer.

Ernst Kovacic teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and conducts master classes and seminars in many countries. Together with Beat Furrer he founded the “Impuls” seminars for composers and interpreters of contemporary music. This series takes place every two years in Graz.

Ernst Kovacic has given concerts throughout Europe and the USA and was Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra from 1996-98 and 2007-2014 artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum in Wrocław, Poland. Kovacic implements his program ideas as the curator of several festivals and concert cycles. He was in charge of the successful series “Crossing Mozart” and “Crossing Haydn”, among others, at the Musikverein, Vienna. He has been the artistic director of the Brückenfestival in Styria and the LEO Festival in Wrocław since 2009. 



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