What do your commitment and actions devoted to the transmission of a musical heritage represent to you?
I am particularly sympathetic to the popular education movement. I came to believe very early on that everyone could progress no matter their age. An orchestra – and collective musical practices in general – promote personal fulfillment, social diversity and play an essential part in reinforcing social ties by demanding an active commitment from every participant. Enlightened by this idea, I have wished to take on the role of a guide to work with youth orchestras and to develop musical ensembles specifically designed for amateur musicians.
The meaning of my commitment can only be understood in light of these strong beliefs. It shone through my involvement in projects with the association Orchestre à l’Ecole – who promotes musical practice among the youth – and in past and recent collaborations with multiple orchestras of the Confédération Musicale de France and its regional subdivisions: the Orchestre de Forbach (2017-2020), the Orchestre départemental de la Dordogne (conducted jointly with another music professional since 2016), the Union des Sociétés Musicales de la Dordogne and the Orchestre de Thiviers among others.
How do you perceive your activity as an artistic guide?
I intervene in the management of a variety of musical associations, mostly wind and symphony orchestras, music academies, and in events such as musical training sessions. My educational approach is founded on the idea that it is essential to arouse the curiosity of musicians, pupils and beginners via the experience of the orchestra – passing on the joy of playing in a group and encouraging them to know more about the repertoire. I also help with the structure of non professional orchestras and accompany conservatories in the development of their musical ensembles.
My role as an artistic advisor leads me to guide orchestras in their choice of a repertoire and to conceptualise original artistic projects for them. I also advocate for a professional leadership in charge of amateur orchestras. I am regularly invited to host training sessions in conducting for various types of learners, i.e. managers, coordinators, music teachers and aspiring conductors.