The residency program

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In order to access the musical residency program of the Fondation Singer-Polignac, an artist must be co-opted by:

  • the musical advisors of the foundation
    • Yves Petit de Voize
    • Benoît Duteurtre
    • Maxime Pascal
  • the associate artists of the foundation

First, the musical advisors and the associate artists would submit their propositions to the foundation’s manager who would then present them to the board of governors in June of every year. 

Among other things, this musical residency offers the possibility to rehearse in one of the six rooms available in the mansion throughout the year, but also to participate in the musical season thanks to musical evenings and workshop concerts.

The residency contract lasts a year, from July to June, and can be renewable four times.


Messiaen Trio rehearsing in Atelier Cortambert © FSP CLP

Music advisors

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Yves Petit de Voize

  • Helps with programming the 9 musical evenings of the foundation
  • Runs both festivals sponsored by the foundation
  • Helps with discovering new talents for the music residency program

Yves Petit de Voize used to be the head of various festivals and musical seasons: Royaumont, Saint-Maximin, Fondation Maeght, Biennale de Lyon/Musique française, Montreux-Vevey, Cordes-sur-Ciel. He also was chief editor of Diapason and Pays de France/Grands reportages, vice-president of Radio Classique and produced numerous recordings.

Always concerned about the future of the young musicians, he created for them the Académie-Festival des Arcs in 1974 and festival de Pâques in Deauville in 1997 which is still organized in April of each year.


Benoît Duteurtre

  • Shares his konwledge of music History and musicology during the musical evenings of the foundation
  • Creates and presents the 3 musical conferences of the foundation’s musical season
  • Helps with discovering new talents for the music residency program
B Duteurtre

Benoît Duteurtre grew up in Normandy where his favourite authors Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Allais, used to live. As a music lover, he started to earn his living as a piano player. 

His first essay was published in the review Minuit in 1982. From Tout doit disparaître (1992) to Gaieté parisienne, Drôle de temps and Les Malentendus, these novels portray the contemporary France with humour. His novel Le Voyage en France was rewarded with the Medicis Prize in 2001. Some of his works play with reality and fantasy: Service clientèle, La Cité heureuse and La Petite fille et la cigarette (2005), which are all translated into more than twenty languages. Les Pieds dans l'eau (2008), then Ballets Roses (2009), explore some autobiographical points. Most of his books are published by Gallimard or Fayard.

Benoît Duteurtre regularly writes articles for Marianne, Le Figaro littéraire, L’Atelier du roman and Classica. All his chronicles are gathered into Ma Belle Epoque (2007). His book Requiem pour une avant-garde (1995) caused a strong controversy amongst the musical criticism. He created with Marcel Landowski the association “Musique nouvelle en liberté” to support young composers. He also wrote a historical book about the operetta in France and some documentaries for television. He has been successfully presenting a radio show on France Musique called Étonnez-moi Benoît for twenty years now.

Benoît Duteurtre wrote some plays such as Viva l'opéra comique and André Messager’s stage adaptation of his opera Véronique in 2008.

In 2017, he was rewarded with the Grand Prize Henri Gal by the Académie Française, for his work.

As a music advisor of the Fondation Singer-Polignac, Benoît Duteurtre also presents a cycle of conferences each year, focusing on a musical movement or a composer.

His last publication, Les dents de la maire was published in 2020.


Maxime Pascal

  • Advises the foundation on the contemporary creation
  • Helps with programming two Workshop concerts of the foundation’s musical season
  • Helps with discovering new talents and, more particularly, composers, for the music residency program

Born in 1985, Maxime Pascal started learning piano and then violin during his early years. He then took classes in writing, musical analysis and orchestration at the Paris Conservatoire where he enrolled in the conducting masterclass of François-Xavier Roth. While still a student, he founded the multifaceted orchestra Le Balcon in 2008, developing his vision of a striking and radical musical experience.

Maxime Pascal conducts orchestras such as the Paris Opera Orchestra (Jerome Robbins ballet by Benjamin Millepied, Opus19/The Dreamer in 2015-2016, Ravel as part of the Robbins/Balanchine/Cherkaoui programme in 2017, L’Heure espagnole (Ravel) and Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) in 2018), La Scala in Milan and SWR Sinfonieorchester of Baden-Baden und Freiburg.

In 2018-2019, in addition to the first operas of the LICHT cycle by Karlheinz Stockhausen with Le Balcon, he conducts a Berlioz programme in Hong Kong with Les Siècles, The Golden Pavilion by Chihiro Mayuzumi in Tokyo, Words and Music by Morton Feldman and Pelléas and Mélisande by Claude Debussy in Berlin.

In October 2019, Maxime Pascal came back to the Teatro alla Scala to conduct the Quartett opera by Luca Francesconi.