The Musicatreize Ensemble

Musicatreize was founded in 1987 by Roland Hayrabedian. Since then, the ensemble has been promoting the musical repertoire of the 20th century, adding to it new works, juxtaposing eras and styles and establishing a focus for contemporary music in the South of France.

Ensemble of varying dimensions, Musicatreize is a seasoned performer on a wide variety of stages and settings, from the pared-down concert to full musical theatre. Juggling different esthetics, Musicatreize finds links between Roland de Lassus (Prophetiae Sibyllarum) & Maurice Ohana (Office des oracles), Franz Schubert (Gesang der Geister über den Wassern) & Michel Petrossian (Amours sidoniennes) or Clément Janequin (Il estoit une fillette) & Philippe Schoeller (Eros-Songs) or Régis Campo (Secouez-moi).

Musicatreize is dedicated to musical creation without any aesthetic bias, simply seeking a sensitive and original approach, with a Mediterranean spirit. The musical line of thinking ranges from Alberto Posadas to Tapio Tuomela, from Edith Canat de Chizy to Oscar Strasnoy, from Lucien Guérinel to Zad Moultaka or from Gérard Grisey to António Chagas Rosa. Musicatreize often offers young composers their first opportunity to write for a vocal ensemble.

In its more than 30-year history, Musicatreize has created a long-term relationship between musicians and composers. With more than 300 new works, usually organized in cycles (Lullabies, The Seven Tales, Space Odysseys, Priority Voices, Three Detective Cantatas, The Twelve Letters for Elise) and always accompanied by pedagogical activities, Musicatreize has developed a strong network with its public.

In 2007 Musicatreize won the « Victoire de la Musique classique » award. The Ensemble and its Concert Hall will from 2020 National Center for Vocal Art (Centre national d’art vocal / CNAV) coordinating resources and practices in the vocal arts for the South of France.

National Centre for Vocal Art

Linked to the Musicatreize Ensemble, led by Roland Hayrabedian, the National Centre for Vocal Art offers a unique opportunity to place singing, and in particular choral singing, at the centre of musical activities. This aspect of our work involves training younger audiences, fostering the personal exchanges that are essential to musical life in Marseille and the southern region and opening up spaces in which to develop innovative strategies for young audiences (primary schools, middle schools, secondary schools, etc.).

In its mission as a vocal arts centre, Musicatreize is committed not only to promoting choral singing with new large-scale artistic and cultural education projects, but also to constituting a regional resource for repertoires and expertise in choral singing.


Musicatreize is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC PACA /// the City of Marseille /// the Conseil régional Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur /// the Conseil départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône /// With the support of Sacem and SPEDIDAM Member of the Tenso, Fevis, Profedim, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté and Bureau Export networks