The Ulysses network federates European partners involved in the support and promotion of young artists. These partners (academies, summer schools, support programs connected with ensembles or festivals) play a fundamental role in the recognizing, accompanying, professionalizing, and development of the carriers of young European composers and performers, some of them for longer than 20 years already.

The network has chosen the name Ulysses, European figure of an emblematic and symbolic journey, personified in human and artistic adventures. The network is supported by about fifty associated partners (ensembles, festivals, diffusion locations), vector of an extensive and visible diffusion of the projects carried out.

 IRCAM is the coordinator of the network.



The Institute for Research and Coordination Acoustic/Music. It is one of the world’s largest public research centers dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research. IRCAM is a unique location where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation. Frank Madlener has directed the institute since 2006. IRCAM’s three principal activities – creation, research, transmission – are manifest in IRCAM’s Parisian concert season, in the institute’s annual festival, and in productions throughout France and abroad.

IRCAM is a major center of musical creation as well as being a production location and a unique residence for international composers. The institute’s season is full of unique encounters with composers and artists from the contemporary stage and it supports contemporary composition with a commission policy. Numerous artist-in-residence programs result in the creation of multi-disciplinary projects (music, dance, video, theater and film).  Finally, the institute’s annual festival, AGORA, makes contemporary music creation available to the public.

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Aldeburgh Music

A place of energy and inspiration for the music and the arts

World renowned as an outstanding year-round performance centre, Aldeburgh is also a place where artists at all stages of their career can be inspired and energized. With inspirational scenery, a rich musical heritage and the time and space for musicians and audience to discover, create and explore, Aldeburgh is the place to help artists reach full potential and define their own musical landscape.

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Budapest Music Center

(BMC) was founded by trombone player and academy professor László Gőz in 1996. Its main goal was to establish a music information centre which collects and makes information about Hungarian classical and jazz musiciansand about contemporary compositions available world-wide. The constantly updated music database currently contains info about 3000 artists and 9000 compositions. The library, open to the general public free of charge, contains approx. 85 thousand books, notes, and records. Its traveling pavilion has for years popularized Hungarian music culture and musicians at 12 different events in Hungary and abroad. BMC launched the competition New Music Forum for young composers in 2008.

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Brivas Muzikas Agentura (BMA)

International Workshop for Young Composers, Latvia

The international meeting of young composers is a tradition which goes back to 2002 and was started by the composer Andris Dzen?tis and his companions. For the three first times the workshop took place in the Castle of Dundaga, which is connected to many legends, but now, for the second time already, it is being organized in Mazsalaca – a small town in the north of Latvia, next to the snaky river Salaca.

More information about the International Workshop for young composers on its official website


Divertimento ensemble

The Divertimento Ensemble was founded in 1977 by several of the most important musicians in Milan, in collaboration with many other internationally renowned instrumentalists. With Sandro Gorli as director, the Ensemble quickly attained considerable success both in Italy and abroad, with over 1000 concerts and 10 CDs to its credit to date. In 1978, only its second year in existence, the Ensemble was included in the prestigious programmes of Milans Societa de Quartetto and the Musica nel Nostro Tempo music festival.

Over seventy composers have dedicated new compositions to the Divertimento Ensemble. These works, and many others, have helped consolidate one of the worlds most inclusive and up-to-date repertoires of new music, both Italian and international.

The Ensemble has held concerts in France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austrian, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, United States, Japan and Russia, as well as the most important cities of Italy.

The Ensemble has taken part in the most important contemporary music festivals in Europe, and has been invited to participate in the Venice Biennale nine times between 1979 and 2007.

For a number of years, in addition to its concert performances, the Ensemble has been strongly committed to the promotion musical education, taking and active part in the orchestra conducting courses, held actually by Maestro Gorli. This program is dedicated specifically to music from the early 20th century up to the present day.

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Flagey is where different artistic disciplines can meet, exchange ideas, discover one another and work together. Jazz, world, classical and contemporary music are played here, but film and video also feature prominently, with frequent encounters between these worlds.

The acoustic qualities of the building make it a key player both in Brussels and the whole of Belgium.

Flagey was born of a bold joint initiative by representatives of the country’s three communities with the aim of creating a quality cultural institution that is European in scope.

The Flagey ponds are surrounded by grand townhouses, the building is also part of a lively working-class area. Our aim is to include everyone in our programming, and make the success of Flagey a bonus for the whole neighbourhood.

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Gaudeamus Muziekweek

The Gaudeamus Muziekweek, held annually at the beginning of September in Utrecht, presents the work of young music pioneers. From classical crossover and minimal soundscapes to modern composition with (live) electronics, each year new works are presented in exciting programming formats at extraordinary locations.

An important part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek is the Gaudeamus Award, an incentive prize for composers younger than 30. Prior to the festival itself, the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy takes place, offering several public workshops for young composers, as well as a glimpse behind-the-scenes at rehearsals of the shortlisted works.

The Gaudeamus Muziekweek is THE international meeting place for young composers from all over the world.

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Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie
Vibrant learning, experimentation and discourse. It was with this objectives in mind that the International Ensemble Modern Academy was founded in 2003 as the logical extension of everything the Ensemble Modern (EM) stands for: the highest quality, the joy of performing, interdisciplinary art projects and internationality. Over the last thirty years the EM has discussed and analysed many artists and their works and has gained a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of music from the beginnings of the 20th century onwards: a »memory of modern music«. The IEMA, whose activities are mainly operated by the members of Ensemble Modern, strives to give young artists the opportunity to share in this memory and derive manifold benefits from it in various ways.

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Opus XXI / HfMT Hamburg

Opus XXI is a Summer Academy for contemporary music, which alternate takes place in the ancient monastery “La Chartreuse”, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (France) and “Salem Castle,” Baden-Württemberg (Germany).

Since 2001, the Summer Academy Opus XXI has provided an open space for young qualified postgraduate students, where they can immerse themselves in contemporary music, ensemble repertoire and fundamentals of improvisation.

A group of 22 postgraduate composers and instrumentalists get together with a distinguished «composer in residence» and an experienced «ensemble for New Music» for an intensive work experience. In the daily workshops for instrumentalists, they rehearse new pieces and work with improvisation. Composers explore how to perform and conduct their own pieces with the «ensemble for New Music». These practical workshops are complemented by lectures on analysis, career training, artistic aesthetics and a composition masterclass.

Opus XXI provides an opportunity for international instrumentalists and composers to experience contemporary music in a truly personal and inspiring atmosphere that facilitates experimentation, improvisation and the encounter with different aesthetics.

At the end of the Summer Academy, the workshop results are presented in a final concert.

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Founded by Beat Furrer and Ernst Kovacic impuls, the International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music and Association for the Communication of Contemporary Music has developed into one of the internationally leading institutions in this field within shortly. Instrumental classes and ensemble work, composition classes and special programs such as Ensemble meets Composers’Pool, electronic-and improvisation-workshops… : Every second year the impuls Academy offers young musicians and composers – from Austria, but also from over the world – an intense training and holistic approach to contemporary music, both in a theoretical and practical way. For about 14 days impuls hereby builds an important platform for joint working, mutual learning and international exchange in Graz, Styria. An international team of renowned musicians and composers as lecturers guarantees highest quality and builds the basis for excellently educated, highly motivated and internationally interlinked young musicians and composers as competent and authentic messengers of music as a language without borders.

In addition to the impuls Academy the impuls Festival with public concerts, presentations, lectures and various music communication programs, impuls MinuteConcerts in galleries and public workshops (also for kids)… offer various possibilities – also to a broader audience with open ears – to experience new and contemporary music and turn Graz into a center of contemporary music and festival -city for two weeks in Ferbruary.

Through the impuls Composition Competition, the impuls Composition Workshop and impuls Commissions with first performances of these works with world-class-ensembles such as Klangforum Wien impuls gains additional relevance and attractivity for interpreters and composers as well as the audiences.

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Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD)

Presenter and network, center for documentation and information, operational center and initiator for new music since 1946 – the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) is all of these things. With its International Summer Courses for New Music, its Archive, and its Library the IMD continues to make and document cultural history as a constant interplay of invention, performance, listening, reflection, and retention.

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Royaumont foundation

Created in 1964 by the art patrons, Henry and Isabel Goüin, the Fondation Royaumont (Goüin-Lang) pour le progrès des Sciences de l’Homme was the first private French foundation with a cultural vocation.

The Foundation elected to revitalize its inheritance by placing it in the service of a cultural project covers 3 main areas : music, contemporary dance and a multidisciplinary centre inviting creative personalities from various disciplines to work together.

The project’s primary objective is to support and monitor the work of professional artistes by designing research & experimental, training, creation and production programmes.

The Foundation is particularly keen to involve the general public more in its work through concerts in the musical season, colloquiums, open classes as a “fenêtre sur cour(s)”, meetings, introductory workshops and training sessions, off-site concerts, publications.

The Abbey also offers year-round programmes for companies, associations, international organizations…, in the form of residential seminars or study days. Royaumont Abbey is open to visitors every day of the year.

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Time of Music

Time of Music (Musiikin aika) festival is the only annually organized contemporary music festival in Finland. The festival takes place in Viitasaari, Central Finland, where it was founded in 1982. The festival consists of concerts, courses, master classes, seminars and other presentations. Time of Music has hosted the most important composers and artists of the field during the past years, gaining an international reputation as a courageous, border-breaking, and innovative event. Names like Aperghis, Cage, Crumb, Ferneyhough, Ligeti, Saariaho, Stroppa, and Xenakis have visited the festival among many others. Currently the artistic director is composer Johan Tallgren. Finland Festivals chose Time of Music as the Festival of the year 2009.

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