Château d’Assas

20 to 23 October 2016


Baroque violin
Chiara Banchini


Blandine Rannou


Viola da gamba
Paolo Pandolfo

L’Académie est organisée, sous les auspices de la Communauté delogo-etat
communes du Grand Pic Saint-Loup, par le Festival de Maguelone et
Beaux Arts Musiques – Département des musiques anciennes

The Academy

In the late 1970s, Simone Demangel was already working on an “International academy for early music in Occitania”, on the delightful premises of the Château d’Assas. Thanks in particular to the subsequent arrival of Scott Ross, the town and its harpsichord thus became emblematic of early music in Europe. The memory of this is still intact, and is today kept alive with great authenticity and elegance by the Demangel family, owners of the site. The Château d’Assas very quickly became the obvious choice for us when we started to imagine starting up an academy as part of the Pic Saint- Loup Early Music Encounters. We have been guided in our choices by our desire to call on the best participants, renowned internationally as much for their talents as musicians as for their pedagogical skills. Paolo Pandolfo, an eminent gambist and teacher at the prestigious Schola Cantorum in Basel, has kindly agreed to participate in the adventure, taking responsibility for the pedagogical coordination of this new initiative which, we most sincerely hope, will become a regular event.



Philippe Leclant

Artistic director of the Pic Saint-Loup Early Music Encounters


The love of music

A number of fundamental principles will bring four of the most important artists in the field of European music together with young talents and seasoned musicians at the first Pic Saint-Loup Early Music Academy: a profound love of early music, a rigorous quest for authenticity, the need to bring richness and vitality to each performance, and a desire to pool one’s own musical experience with that of students motivated by the same passion.



Paolo Pandolfo
Pedagogical coordinator