Department of early music

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The department of early music was set up in 1988 with a view to developing the teaching of the music of the middle ages and the Renaissance. Since then repertoire from other periods has been added so that the period of reference now extends to the beginning of the 19th century and overlaps with the classical period.

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Main Subjects

The main subjects taught in the Department of Early Music at the Lyon CNSMD are: Basso Continuo Harpsichord Lute and Plucked Strings Viola de Gamba Baroque Violin Baroque Cello Cornetto Baroque Trumpet Sackbut Recorder Early Harp Baroque Oboe Baroque Bassoon Baroque Flute Early Music Singing Musical discourse BASSO CONTINUO Principal Teacher: Yves Rechsteiner The basso [...]

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Subsidiary subjects

The subsidiary subjects of the Early Music Department of the Lyon CNSMD are Ars Musica 1, Ars Musica 2, Ars Musica 3, Basso Continuo for Players of Melodic Instruments and Singers, Musical Discourse, Ornamentation, Tuning and Temperament and Vocal Workshop for Instrumentalists.

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Additional details

One-year professional residency in string quartet

Get a one-year professional residency in string quartet, classical, contemporary, pop, jazz & world music !

The National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon offers a professional training residency in string quartet allowing to deepen its practice and to perform for a year, in collaboration with the Opéra de Lyon and cellist Vincent Ségal for the 2021-2022 season.



Training Course | strengthen, open and enrich your repertoire
  • Chamber music lessons supervised by the team of teachers from the CNSMD Lyon
  • Artistic accompaniment in current music by cellist Vincent Ségal (world repertoires, polyrhythms, improvisation, arrangement)
  • Cultural mediation, participation in Master Classes
  • Additional courses may be chosen among the CNSMD Lyon offer (subject to availability)
Stage | give your future a boost

The selected quartet will be associated with several concerts produced by the CNSMD de Lyon and the Opéra de Lyon, as a quartet or with Opera Underground guest artists of the season.
Along with various professional partnerships (Belle Saison, Pro Quartet, etc.)

Application | timetable and conditions

• October 14th, 2021

Deadline for submitting applications : send your quartet CV and the copy of the highest diploma of each member of the Quartet on

• October 22nd, 2021

Hearing in Lyon after selection on file
15 minutes free program
it may include a contemporary piece

• November,  2021

Start of residency in Lyon, France


Admission fees (for information purposes only)

general fee to be paid by the Quatuor : 178 €
individual schooling fees to be paid by each Quatuor’s member : 529 € + 91 €

Certain concerts may be subject to pay. This training is qualifying but not leading to qualification. It could be if the quartet or one of its members wishes to enroll in a longer course within the CNSMD (after a competitive entrance examination).

Sophie Leleu
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+33 (0) 4 72 19 26 91
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