French Connection Academy

We work to inspire and raise the quality of the Danish and French classical music environment, so we can help maintain and elevate the standard for strings and pianists in Denmark, France and the rest of the world.

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  • International summer academy in Odense, Denmark
  • 1st July to 6th of July - 2024
  • Piano, violin, viola, cello, improvisation
  • Solo-lessons, lectures, prizes, coaching

    We invite young classical string players and pianists to an international summer academy based on a cultural exchange between Denmark and France.

    Our academy is first of all a learning environment for young musicians to improve, perform and prepare. In addition we believe in creating opportunities and concrete experiences for the students;

    Professional concert-prizes in numerous festivals, academy exchange networking, concert clothing and/or equipment will be awarded to several students at the final concerts of the academy.


    Our professors are renowned artists and pedagogoues coming from Nordic countries and France and teach in prestigious institutions. String players' lessons will be accompanied by a pianist.

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    Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist


    Professor and head of the piano department at the Ingesund Academy of Music at Karlstad University. She is Artistic Director of Glasfjordens Musikfestival, President of Ingesund Piano Foundation, Artistic Director of Nordic Piano Competition and founder and director of Nordic Junior Piano Competition. She has brought Ingesund School of Music to the international stage by developing the talent of young pianists into multi-award winning artists with great career opportunities.

    Hortense Cartier-Bresson


    She is professor at the CNSM since 2011 and has tought piano and chamber music at the CNR de Boulogne-Billancourt for many years. As an established chamber musician, she has played with many musicians including Roger Muraro, Pierre Fouchenneret, Ayako Tanaka, Nicolas Baldeyrou and the Ebène Quartet. She gives masterclasses in France, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and more regularly at the UDK University in Berlin where she is a guest professor.

    Kristoffer Dolatko


    Co-founder of the French Connection Academy, Kristoffer has decades of experience in talent development with numerous award-winning students. He teaches at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, MGK-Østjylland at Aarhus Music School and at Center for talentudvikling i Sweden and Syddansk Musikkonservatorium - Odense/Esbjerg. This year he will be releasing his pedagogical book about violin.

    Christina Åstrand


    Throughout her career Christina Åstrand has been a passionate performer of contemporary music. She has performed numerous works by composers of today from all over the world and several highly estimated Danish composers have dedicated works to her. Christina Åstrand is continuously making a big effort to further the appreciation of Danish music abroad and for this she was nominated for Nordic Council´s Music Prize, 2019

    Jon Dahlkvist


    Jon Dahlkvist works as a chamber musician, teacher and project manager. He is the founder of Dahlkvist Quartet, which in 2018 received a Grammy for the best classical record of the year. The string quartet has toured extensively in European concert halls. Dahlkvist is a teacher of chamber music and viola as well as a course leader for the bachelor's program at Ingesund Academy of Music. He is also the director of Glasfjordens Musikfestival in Arvika, Sweden.

    Henri Demarquette


    Henri Demarquette teaches at Ecole Normale de Musique Cortot in Paris and has a carreer as an international soloist and chamber musician as well as creator of parallel projects like Vocello. He has played as a soloist with orchestras as Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic and Wiener KammerOrchester. In 2015 he co-founded a string quartet with Augustin Dumay, Svetlin Roussev, and Miguel da Silva.

    Jean-Baptiste Doulcet


    Board member of the French Connection Academy. Soloist pianist, improviser and composer, Jean-Baptiste won the 4th prize at the Long-Thibaud competition in 2019 with Martha Argerich as president of the jury, as well as Modern Times prize as Clara Haskil 2019. Besides his pianists career in Europe, he has improvised his whole life for solo recitals, in duo battle, or on live movies screening in numerous festivals. He teaches improvisation in different places, among which the Liszt Festival of Châteauroux (Lisztomanias), or as an artist in residence in one of Paris conservatories.


    We believe in creating professional opportunities for our students, so concrete professional experiences and resumes are built during the students education.


    At French Connection Academy (FCA), we prioritize providing a seamless and enriching musical experience for all participants. Here's a breakdown of our program happening in Odense, Denmark :

    Course Fee

    For a fee of 2,000 DKK, participants receive:
  • 3 hours of solo lessons
  • Opportunity for a video-produced masterclass
  • Daily house concerts
  • Opportunity to perform in the 2 final concerts with prize ceremonies
  • Opportunity to win prizes at festivals
  • Lectures about Danish and French culture by Catherine Lefebvre and Carl Nielsen Museum
  • Personalised string setup for each instrument by Larsen Strings (sponsor)
  • Possibility for osteopathic treatments by Aarhus Osteopati (sponsor)

  • Housing Options

    Participants have two housing options:
  • Living with other students through our collaborations with local Airbnbs (costing between 1.560-1.800 DKK per student, for 5 nights)
  • Arranging private accommodation independently

  • Meals

  • All meals are served in the canteen of Odense Symphony Orchestra.
  • Café Fleuri delivers breakfast and dinner to the canteen, while lunch is provided by the orchestra.
  • A coffee/tea station is available throughout the day.
  • Please note that the price for meals will be added soon.

    Apply now for French Connection Academy! Application dates are from February 21st to April 15th, 2024. You are welcome to apply with a video lasting 10-15 minutes (max), featuring repertoire of your choice, dated no older than one year (as of January 2023).


    Here's a brief overview of what will take place during the academy and during the year. Remember to check in regularly as the calendar is still being updated and added to.


    A short overview of some of the amazing things you'll experience and have access to at the academy.

    Solo lessons

    3 x 60 min Solo lessons - Open for academy students to listen to in great locations. String players’ lessons will be accompanied by a pianist when needed.

    Daily house concerts

    The daily house concerts are private and held at the end of each day; the involvement of students is appreciated and taken in consideration for the prize-winning concert at the end of the academy.


    Consists of a long final concert in two parts; open to public. The teacher will be deciding the program, considering the repertoire they worked with and the balance of the general timing.


    A lesson open to the public and filmed. The video will be accessible online later and will give other musicians an opportunity to benefit the pedagogical tools of our teachers and discover the students talent.

    Inspiring speakers

    With this years’ theme, Travel Tales, in mind, there will be two lectures; one about Danish and French cultural history and the second Carl Nielsen and his traveling experiences. Lastly our sponsor Aarhus Osteopati will talk to us about prevention of injuries and musicians’ health.


    The academy coach and trust person can be booked for a session by anyone taking part of the academy to receive guidance on subjects such as performance under stress, mindfulness and personal development.


    The faces behind French Connection Academy

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    Emilie Callesen

    Co-founder & Director

    Educated Master of Music in violin from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. Emilie already has many years of experience with boards and finance committees in various contexts (schools, festivals etc.), as well as initiating and founding the Conservatory Students Joint Council. In addition, she has experience in engaging volunteers for democratic events in addition to her musical talents.

    Kristoffer Dolatko

    Co-founder & Educational Leader

    Denmarks very own talent developer for young classical violinists. Kristoffer teaches many talented and award-winning students in Aarhus, Esbjerg, Vänersborg (SE), Manchester (UK), in addition to his presence and management of international masterclasses and competitions. In other words, Kristoffers pedagogical experience is of great importance to French Connection Academy.

    Jean-Baptiste Doulcet

    Co-founder & International Relations

    Soloist, chamber musician, composer, improviser and accompanist - as we say in Denmark: "A dear child has many names". Jean-Baptiste uses his frequent concert business and network to bring French sponsors and collaborators to the academy.


    The academy would not be possible without the help of a wide range of persons and institutions. In this section we celebrate and honour of collaborators. A huge thank you for your generosity.

    Carl Nielsen Legat


    William Demant Fonden


    Gourdon Fonds


    Syddansk Musikkonservatorium


    Odense Musikskole


    Academie Internationale D´ete de Nice




    Larsen Strings


    Jardin Musical




    Det Franske Kulturcenter i Danmark




    Maison Villevert






    Odense Kommune


    Luther Pierre Barthel




    Skovgaard Guldsmed & Urmager


    Aarhus Osteopati


    A.C. Perch’s Thehandel


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    French Connection Academy

    +33 (0) 7 83 88 11 27

    Working time at 09:00am - 06:00pm

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