Cursus Program on Composition and Computer Music

Cursus 2021-2022
Call for applications from October 1 to November 2, 2020
On ulysses-network.eu

Serving the institute’s missions of research and creation, the Cursus program for composition and computer music is the flagship program in the broad range of IRCAM’s educational activities. Initiated in 1990 under Pierre Boulez, numerous composers (such as F. Baschet, F. Bedrossian, O. Bianchi, E. Campion, R. Cendo, F. Filidei, J. Fineberg, S. Gervasoni, C. Iannotta, M. Lanza, B. Mantovani, Y. Maresz, B. Pauset, H. Parra, Y. Robin, L. Ronchetti, G. Spiropoulos, C. Trapani, F. Verunelli) have enhanced their musical thought through the technological tools made available in the Cursus program where the philosophy is that the computer is a tool for musical creation.

For 10 months (from September to June), a special program will be implemented so students can acquire genuine technical autonomy and fluency in a number of computer programs.

Included in the activities at the heart of our institute, composers are trained in the use of IRCAM software for music composition (Max, OpenMusic, Modalys, AudioSculpt, Spat, etc.) in a wide-ranging and productive environment based on exchanges and encounters with researchers, programmers, sound engineers, computer-music designers, and composers working in our labs and studios. Training features hands-on work in the studios, improvisation workshops with electronics, and guest artist seminars.

Students present mini projects at the end of each unit throughout the program. This validates their skills and prepares them for the production of their final project presented to the public during the ManiFeste festival.

IRCAM focuses on a constant renewal and is open to changes. As a result, this final project can now be expressed using a multitude of forms: a piece of music, a sonic installation, an electronic or electroacoustic work including other media such as dance, images, text, poetry, etc.  Forms and formats are very open.

Performers who take part in the Cursus concert are young professionals chosen for their student projects.

With the idea of encouraging transdisciplinary dialogue between music composition and other forms of creation, joint projects are offered in partnership with the Beaux-Arts de Paris – musique/arts plastiques – (Chair Super sonique : exposer, monter, habiter le son) and the dance department at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP).

Through a partnership with the Conservatoire de Paris, the Haute Ecole de musique de Genève, the Academie supérieure de musique de Strasbourg-Hear, and the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon students enrolled in a Master’s degree in composition in one of these establishments can follow the first year of their degree in IRCAM’s Cursus program.

Applicants selected for the Cursus program have the possibility, upon request, to be housed at the Cité internationale des arts de Paris. They will have a studio/room throughout the program. Monthly housing fees are paid by the students.

Public composers (under 35 years old)
Contact 01 44 78 48 17 | cursus (at) ircam.fr

Cursus Educational Team

Simone Conforti, Jean Lochard, Grégoire Lorieux, Mikhail Malt, Sébastien Naves
computer-music designers lecturers
Philippe Langlois education department director
Murielle Ducas educational coordination manager

Selected composers for the 2020.21 academic year

Didem Coskunseven (Turkey), Damian Gorandi (Argentina), Matteo Gualandi (Italy), Jug Marković (Serbia), Megumi Okuda (Japan), Clara Olivares (France), Alexandru Sima (Romania), Yang Song (China), Jon Yu (United States).

  • Le compositeur associé au Cursus, Thierry De Mey  © Mikhail Malt
    Le compositeur associé au Cursus, Thierry De Mey © Mikhail Malt
  • Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam  © Mikhail Malt
    Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam © Mikhail Malt
  • Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam  © Mikhail Malt
    Atelier improvisation et électronique en studio à l'Ircam © Mikhail Malt
  • Juliette Adam (clarinette) pour "fascia" de William Kuo, concert ManiFeste-2019  © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
    Juliette Adam (clarinette) pour "fascia" de William Kuo, concert ManiFeste-2019 © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
  • Sumiko Hara (viole de gambe), Matéo Lagière (danseur) pour "unbound explorations" de Konstantin Heuer, concert ManiFeste-2019  © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
    Sumiko Hara (viole de gambe), Matéo Lagière (danseur) pour "unbound explorations" de Konstantin Heuer, concert ManiFeste-2019 © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
  • Marie Albert et Pierre Lison (danse) pour "Ça va bien avec comment tu vis" de Mathieu Corajod, concert ManiFeste-2019  © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
    Marie Albert et Pierre Lison (danse) pour "Ça va bien avec comment tu vis" de Mathieu Corajod, concert ManiFeste-2019 © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
  • Cameron Crozman et deux danseurs du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Cameron Crozman et deux danseurs du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Deux élèves du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Deux élèves du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Thierry De Mey et Marco Liuni  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Thierry De Mey et Marco Liuni © Quentin Chevrier, 2018

La promotion 2020.21

Didem Coskunseven

Didem Coskunseven
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Damian Gorandi

Damian Gorandi (Argentine, b. 1991) is currently in the Master’s degree program at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, in Stefano Gervasoni’s class. His creations are born in the feedback of creative processes between ...
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Matteo Gualandi

Matteo Gualandi (Italy, b. 1995) began his composition studies in his native city with Daniele Bravi. In 2015 he began his studies at the Haute École de musique de Genève, in the class of Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell, and Luis Naón. In 2020, he earn...
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Jug Marković

Jug Marković (Serbia, b.1987) approaches music in a deliberately intuitive way. In his compositions he tends to refrain from strict and rigid premeditated concepts and systems and has no extra-musical intentions to his work. He is particularly interest...
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Megumi Okuda

Megumi Okuda (Japan, b. 1993) first studied singing. She then studied composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Dan Dediu and Doina Rotaru, and at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar with Michael Obst. In 2017, she was...
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Clara Olivares

Clara Olivares (France, b. 1993) is a French-Spanish composer. The use of electronics in her compositions is characterized both by a desire to serve a dramaturgical purpose—as seen in her chamber opera Mary (2017) where a soprano interprets several cha...
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Alexandru Sima

Alexandru Sima began by playing the electric guitar and then became interested in classical music, before studying composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Doina Rotaru and Dan Dediu and at the Royal College of Music in Stockho...
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Yang Song

Yang Song (China,b.1985) received her Doctoral degree in composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Prof. Guoping Jia in 2018, and graduated from Prof. Johannes Schöllhorn’s concert exam master class at the Hochschule für Musik Fr...
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Jon Yu

Jon Yu (Taiwan-United States, b. 1988) is a Taiwanese-American composer whose works explore notions of ritual, utility, and excess. His works have been performed by ensembles such as Mivos Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Wet Ink Ensemble, Auditi...

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Apply to the Cursus Program

Cursus 2021-2022
Call for applications from October 1 to November 2, 2020
On ulysses-network.eu

Applicants

Applicants must be under 35 years old.
There are no applications fees

Calendar

Applications accepted from October, 1
Results are sent by email on December 2020

Apply online: ULYSSES Platform
Applicants must create an account (or use an existing account) on the ULYSSES platform, complete their profile, and click on “apply” on the Cursus call for applications 2021/2022 page.

Application File

Your dossier must include:

  • A copy of valid ID or passport
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The list of professional experiences and awards
  •  A cover letter
  • One or several letters of recommendation 
  • Three recent works, at least one with electronics (score, audio recording, video, etc.)
  •  The URL to download a patch for one of your compositions (Max or any other real-time software) from the platform of your choice. Remember to give a permanent URL that does not require a password.

For non-Francophone applicants: a copy of your TEF exam (level B2) or equivalent diploma or any other document proving an equivalent level of oral comprehension.

Conditions for Applicants and Selected Candidates 

10 places are available
Registration fees: 2,000€ (includes the Premium Individuel membership to the IRCAM Forum for 2 years) 
Deposit due before February 15, 2021: 600 euros
Applicants selected for the Cursus 2021/2022 program must confirm their participation in writing before January 15, 2021 and commit to take on any other professional engagements during the program (September 2021-June 2022). Classes are held at IRCAM from Monday through Friday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2:30 to 5:30pm. There are two weeks of vacation in December for the holidays.

Scholarships

IRCAM does not give out any scholarships or pay for any travel, but can assist you when looking for financial aid. The Cursus program is considered to be continued professional training.
Contact: cursus (@) ircam.fr

Applicants selected for the Cursus program have the possibility, upon request, to be housed at the Cité internationale des arts de Paris. They will have a studio/room throughout the program. Monthly housing fees are paid by the students.

Furthermore, applicants selected for the Cursus program signed up in the Sacem repertory are eligible for a scholarship. Contact the Sacem directly to request a dossier.