The Symphony Orchestra of Aix-Marseille Université and the Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional Pierre Barbizet.

In January 2015, Aix-Marseille University acquired a symphony orchestra that contributes to its influence and is likely to perform at major events organised by the university.
Since 2021, after many years of collaboration in terms of logistical and human support with the Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional (CNRR) of Marseille-Pierre Barbizet, the two institutions have decided to join forces and name the symphony orchestra "OSAMU & Co".
Under the direction of the Marseille conductor Sébastien Boin, OSAMU & Co brings together students and staff members from all the university's components and students and staff members from the conservatory, recruited at the highest level to play the great symphonic repertoire and to contribute to its enrichment by programming contemporary creations. OSAMU & Co now has 80 members.

"A 2021-22 season that promises to be daring for OSAMU & Co!
Marked by eclectic programs for large orchestra that will form a real journey through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, this season will have the particularity of federating most of the artistic ensembles of AMU as well as the great students of the conservatory of Marseille around common projects.
Maurice Ravel will be honoured first of all with the Tombeau de Couperin, the Concerto for the Left Hand and his famous orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Then will come a program of Symphonic Jazz which will bring together OSAMU & Co and O'JAZZ AMU & Co, and finally the creation of a large-scale show by the Greek composer Alexandros Markeas, composed after the ecological question of the 7th continent, whose name he bears, conceived for OSAMU & Co, EV'AMU and DANSE'AMU.
In April, the students of the university will also have the privilege of participating in the inter-university orchestra project led by CIVIS, where the legendary 1st Symphony by Gustav Mahler will be performed with young musicians from many European universities.
During the year, OSAMU will also offer more intimate concerts in chamber orchestra formation as well as creative film-concerts conducted in complicity with the students of the SATIS department.
Sébastien BOIN, conductor of OSAMU & Co


Photographie d'OSAMU

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The conductor

Sébastien BOIN
Consult his biography

Become a member of OSAMU

Apply by filling in the application form here
Good level required, and regular attendance at rehearsals
For any question, contact Jeanette Theokritoff,
jeanette.theokritoff@univ-amu.fr, 04 13 55 04 22

Activity open to BONUS CULTURE

More info about BONUS here


Every thursday evening from 7pm (installed!) to 9.30pm
at the Marseille Conservatory
2 place Carli, 13001 Marseille
Metro : line 2 Station Notre Dame du Mont - Cours Julien
Tramway line 2 - stop Noailles

The symphonic repertoire in 2021/22

M. MOUSSORGSKY l Pictures at an Exhibition
M. RAVEL I Le tombeau de Couperin
M. RAVEL l Concerto for the left hand
A MARKEAS I Symphony of the 7th continent (world premiere)


Concerts 2021-22

Saturday, December 4, 2021 | Grand concert OSAMU & Co
Works by Ravel and Moussorgsky
Auditorium du Pharo, Marseille

Tuesday, December 7 | Grand concert OSAMU & Co
Works by Ravel and Moussorgsky
20h00 |Auditorium Campra - Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, Aix-en-Provence

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | Symphonic Jazz Concert OSAMU & Co and O'JAZZ'AMU & Co
under the direction of Jean-Philippe Dambreville and Romain Morello
20h00 | 6MIC, Aix-en-Provence

Saturday 5 and/or Tuesday 8 March 2022 | OSAMU & Co concert in chamber orchestra formation
19h00 | Théâtre du Cube, Aix-en- Provence

Saturday 16 April 2022 | Grand concert of the CIVIS orchestra academy
11:00 am | Family concert - 8:00 pm | Théâtre de la Criée, Marseille
All info here

Saturday 28 May 2022 | Inauguration of the new SATIS premises
OSAMU & Co instrumental ensemble in partnership with IESM - Creation by Javier Elipe Gimeno
6pm | Cour de Satis, Aubagne

June 2022 | Ciné-Concert SATIS with OSAMU & Co
Théâtre de la Criée, Marseille

Saturday June 25, 2022 | Bi-centennial of the Marseille Conservatory
Concert OSAMU & Co, EV'AMU
21h00 | Courtyard of the Marseille Conservatory

Saturday, July 2, 2022 | World Premiere - Symphony of the 7th Continent
Concert OSAMU & Co, DANSE'AMU and EV'AMU
21h00 | Parc Borely, Marseille
All info here


A look back at the year 2020-21

Thursday 10 June 2021 | 8:30 pm | Concert EV'AMU & OSAMU
Conservatoire de Marseille Pierre Barbizet, Marseille
Beethoven I Symphony No 3

"ACCENTS BALKANS" - A production of the Festival d'Aix in tribute to the living musical repertoire of the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Accents Balkans" is a participative project called "Passerelles" which invites to a musical journey, between traditional songs and creation.
Under the artistic and musical direction of Philippe Franceschi, assisted by Florence Nowak, "Accents Balkans" includes the transmission of traditional songs - Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian and Turkish - accompanied by the quintet Aksak, and a creation, Le Chant de Vélès, commissioned by the educational service of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence to the Serbian composer Jug Marković for voice and orchestra, conducted by Sébastien Boin.
Discover this creation now:
Accents Balkans #1 - Le Chant de Vélès
Accents Balkans #2 - Traditional songs

OSAMU's repertoire since 2015

BACH l Orchestral Suite No. 2 in Bm, BWV 1067 (excerpts)
BARTOK I Drei Dorfszenen
BEETHOVEN l Symphony No. 3, Eroica
BERNSTEIN I Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BORODIN l Polovtsian Dances
BRAHMS l Hungarian Dances No. 1 and No. 5
CHOSTAKOVICH l Symphony No. 9
CHOSTAKOVICH l Concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra
DE FALLA l Sombrero de Tres Picos, suites 1 and 2 (The Tricorn, ballet)
M. DE FALLA I L'amour sorcier
DVORAK l New World Symphony
GERSHWIN l Excerpts from Porgy and Bess
HOLST I The Planets
HONEGGER l Pacific 231
MENDELSSOHN | Sinfonia XII - The Hebrides
PROKOFIEV | Piano Concerto No 1
PROKOFIEV l Symphony No. 1 "Classical
RACHMANINOV I Piano Concerto No. 2
RAVEL I Le tombeau de Couperin
STRAVINSKY l Ebony Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY l The Nutcracker, ballet suite

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