A training orchestra promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean
well known as Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée (OJM), was founded in 1984 by the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) and the French Ministère de la Culture. It organises several training sessions throughout the year in order to offer young future professional musicians from the PACA area and the Mediterranean some «professional» experience of orchestral life, both in rehearsals and concert.
In 2010, the Aix-en-Provence Festival joined forces with the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée (OJM) to create an Orchestra Academy, in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, in residency at the Festival. More than a simple orchestra summer training session, the Academy aims to support young musicians from Mediterranean countries in their training and career development, but also to promote musical creation in the area, in cooperation with the Festival and OJM’s partner institutions and conservatories.
In 2013, in celebration of Marseille’s year as the European Capital of Culture, the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée will join forces with several local partners to deliver four training sessions that promote artistic collaboration and inter-cultural dialogue, by involving diverse musical ensembles. The Mediterranean Charlie Orchestra, the Sira and Roméo et Juliette sessions and the Mediterranean Street Orchestra will be the opportunity for 130 young musicians to train up, discover different musical genres, and explore dance and street performance.