ULYSSES Ensemble

Inspired by the grand tours of classical musicians travelling through Europe and the goals of training and enriching the practices of young musicians, the ULYSSES Network brings together 13 European institutions for the promotion and professionalization of young composers. With the ULYSSES Ensemble, the ULYSSES Network reached a new peak last year, concentrating its efforts on young performers in the domain of new music. The ULYSSES Ensemble will tour from June through July 2019, visiting several European academies (Snape Maltings, ManiFeste, Fondation Royaumont).

The ULYSSES Ensemble consists of 14 musicians: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 piano, 1 percussions, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass.
3 musicians will join the ensemble to participate in 1 or 2 stops: 1 clarinet (Stops 2 & 3), 1 saxophone (Stop 3), 1 percussion (Stops 2 & 3).

Applicants selected for the ensemble must be available for all stops, from Monday, June 10 to Saturday June 22 and from Monday, July 8 to Saturday July 13, 2019 (Every time, musicians arrive the day before and depart the day after).

Participants must be able to speak and understand English.

With the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program.


Applicants must be born after January 1, 1987
Applicants must reside in Europe (no travel fees outside Europe can be reimbursed)

Apply Online: ULYSSES Platform
Applications Accepted: Thursday, November 8 —Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Reply (e-mail): Thursday, February 28, 2019

Applicants must create an account (or use an existing account) on the ULYSSES platform,  complete their profile, and click on “apply” on the ManiFeste-2019 call for applications page. They must:

  • Fill out all personal information (name, sex, age, nationality, address, valid ID, photo of the applicant’s face that can be used by ULYSES partners for access badges)
  • Write a short biography (600 characters MAXIMUM) that can be possibly used by ULYSSES partners for concert programs
  • CV IN ENGLISH (including first name, last name, date of birth, nationality, instrument, contact, photo)
  • Cover Letter IN ENGLISH where you explain your motivation for joining the ULYSSES ensemble and different stops (including first name, last name, date of birth, nationality, instrument, contact, photo)
  • Present 3 works they performed, audio (mp3) or video (mp4) files (no more than 100MB=12,5Mo)
    • One file must be a video you briefly introduce yourself and perform a 20th or 21st century solo work for your instrument
    • One file must be an audio file or a video you perform a solo "classical music" work (before 20th century) for your instrument. For instruments that do not include such a repertoire, submit a solo or soloist work of your choice
    • One file must be an audio or video file of your choice


The jury is made up of Snape Maltings delegates, musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain, the director of IRCAM, Frank Madlener conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz.

Differents "Stop"

Stop 1 – Snape Maltings

Monday, June 10 — Friday, June 14, 2019
Aldeburgh (United Kingdom)
Educational Advisor: Geoffroy Paterson (conductor)

The ULYSSES Ensemble will have a residency to prepare a programme of contemporary repertoire for a performance in the Aldeburgh Festival.
Detailed information will be published soon.

Oliver Knussen, Coursing for mix chamber music (1979)
Benjamin Britten, Sinfonietta for 10 instruments (1932)
Caterina di Cecca, new work (2019) WORLD PREMIERE Aldeburgh Festival Commision tbc
Colin Matthews, Sun’s Dance for 10 players (1985)
Tansy Davies, Inside Out II for chamber ensemble of 7 players (2003)
Harrison Birtwistle, Secret Theatre for chamber ensemble (1984)

Stop 2 – ManiFeste-2019

Monday, June 17 — Saturday, June 22, 2019
Paris (France)
Educational Advisor: Matthias Pintscher (conductor), musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain

German conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher will lead a master class for the ULYSSES Ensemble with the complicity of the soloists from the Ensemble intercontemporain who will advise the young musicians and perform works with them. First day will be dedicated to personal work and section rehearsals with musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain.

Florent Caron Darras, Sentinelle nord for 21 musicians and electronics (2017)
Stefano Gervasoni, Su un arco di bianco for flute, violin and ensemble (1991)
Magnus Lindberg, Joy for ensemble and electronics (1989-1990)
Matthias Pintscher, Verzeichnete Spur for double bass 3 cellos, ensemble and electronics (2005)

Stop 3 – Fondation Royaumont

Monday, July 8 — Saturday, July 13, 2019
Abbaye de Royaumont (France)
Educational Advisor: Jean-Philippe Wurtz (conductor)

The final stop in the Ulysses Ensemble 2019 journey will take place at the Royaumont Foundation in France. Here the ensemble will work on a range of contemporary repertoire including Stefano Gervasoni piece Su un arco di bianco the ensemble would have first worked and performed during Stop 2, and to a new commission from young composer Sunyeong Pak (Voix Nouvelles 2018 Lauréate). French conductor Jean-Phillipe Wurtz will conduct the ensemble through a week of rehearsals culminating in a public presentation on Saturday, July 13.

Francesco Filidei, Ballata 3 for piano and ensemble (2013)
Stefano Gervasoni, Su un arco di bianco for flute, violin and ensemble (1991)
Philippe Hurel, Pour l’image for ensemble (1985-1986)
Sunyeong Pak, new work for ensemble (2019) PREMIERE commission by Royaumont Foundation.


  • Applicants selected for the ensemble must be available for all stops. Every time, musicians arrive the day before and depart the day after (No late arrivals or early departures are permitted. No absences during these periods are permitted): from Sunday June 9 to Sunday June 23 and from Sunday, July 7 to Sunday July 14, 2019.
  • Applicants selected for the ensemble must be able to speak and understand English.
  • Travel fees incurred within Europe, housing expenses (double or triple room depending on the stop), and meals (restaurant, catering, or perdiems depending on the stop) will be paid for applicants selected for the ensemble
  • Applicants selected for the ensemble have no registration fees to pay