Masterclasses . Ponte Cultura Festival . 15 - 25 August 2015

"The Ponte Cultura course was a wonderful experience. Especially in improving my skills as a musician with world class one to one lessons with Nina Rautio, and working in ensembles with many incredibly talented musicians. Even whilst still in London building up to the fundraising concert I learnt so much from the musicians I had the honor to perform with before I'd even left for Corsica. I am very grateful to the professors for the support I received on the course, their ongoing support and the Ponte Cultura team for the generous scholarship awarded to me that made this experience possible. Corsica is such a beautiful place with wonderful inspiring views. A brilliant home for such an intensive course. Nothing like luscious mountains to look out on to before some making glorious music.I absolutely loved my time in Corsica on the Ponte Cultura course and would definitely recommended it, not only for developing as a musician but also for the amazing people you get to meet and work with and the incredibly tasty food. Many thanks to the Ponte Cultura Team for this wonderful experience".
Ama Ofori-Darko. London . Soprano. aged 20  (2014)

"I have participated in the musical adventures in Vero from the very beginning, and have loved it every year. The fantastic Ponte Cultura team give us individual, chamber and orchestral classes, and the setting of the village of Vero is  ideal and the welcome especially warm. 
I was lucky enough to win the young Corsican talent competition, and with the scholarship visited London for intensive lessons. As a result of this visit I played with the Ponte Cultura professors in a professional concert in Dorset and experienced some unforgettable moments. I was generously looked after by Line Playfair for the whole week, who was a wonderful host. Ponte Cultura has allowed me the opportunity to experience incredible moments, meet some wonderful new friends and learn an enormous amount".
Letizia Carli. Ajaccio, Corsica. Violin. aged 15 (2010-2014)

"The Ponte Cultura project was a truly unique and special experience. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities I was provided with by the Ponte Cultura team; world class teaching, excellent performance opportunities and meeting so many interesting new people - not to mention an extremely generous scholarship to cover the costs of the course. During the project I was constantly motivated and inspired by the teachers and students, and it has given me much more faith in myself and pushed me to work hard to achieve my dream of becoming a professional musician".
Lila Bhattachergee. London. Flute. aged
 18 (2014)



PRICE: FULL BOARD £720 (travel to Corsica not included)


PROFESSORS . see below
Apply online (see 'APPLICATIONS')
INFO. Miranda 0044 (0)7817 457 822   / Monia 0044 (0)7817 302 528


PIANOS.           1 baby grand in the church
                       2 upright pianos in the school
                       1 electric piano in A Paese

ACCOMPANIST: Jan, our piano professor is available now and again to you, if asked kindly!

Please e mail music to:


It is the student's responsibility to check it has arrived in an appropriate attachment.
Please remember to bring a hard copy of all your piano parts


SOLO. one piece of your choice (Baroque/Classical/Romantic/20th century)

CHAMBER MUSIC. students may apply as soloists and/or in chamber group and bring music for Gipsy, Tango, Flamenco, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, Jazz, to sight read. All genres welcome.

ORCHESTRA. This year arrangements of Ravel Bolero, and Mahler Adagietto 

INSURANCE. Please insure yourself and your instrument



Prof at Lyon Conservatoire

Frédéric BERTELETTI, was born into a family in love with music, painting and literature.
He began his studies on the piano, and also studied percussion, until, at the dawn of his 17th year he decided to learn the flute, the instrument which would lead him down the path of a successful musical career and other adventures besides.
His teachers were Philippe BERNOLD, Michel MORAGUES and later at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon maître Maxence LARRIEU where he wins his diploma.

In love with all that is local and intimate, he most enjoys chamber music.
After having been appointed principal flute of L'ensemble Forum de Lyon, Frédéric decided to devote some time to teaching. He is now Professor at the Lyon Regional Conservatoire and performs with a wide variety of chamber ensembles.
He has performed alongside  Isabelle MORETTI, Davitt MORONEY ,Pascal GODARD, Raphaël CHRETIEN, Xavier GAGNEPAIN, Eric CRAMBS, François PAYET-LABONNE, Virginie ROBILLARD, Fabrice LAMARRE, Fabien THOUAND, Carlo COLOMBO...


José-Daniel learned the flute with Marius Beuf before entering the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique" in Lyon at age 16 to study with legendary flutist, Maxence Larrieu. In 1983, while still at the conservatory, José-Daniel won the Geneva International Music Competition. One year later he graduated with honors, completing the "Diplôme National d'Etudes Supérieures Musicales".

Jose-Daniel's orchestral career began at age 19 playing with the National Opera Orchestra of Lyon, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Then in 1989, on a personal invitation from Emmanuel Krivine, José was appointed principal flute of the National Orchestra of Lyon. From 1990 to 2004, José-Daniel was principal flutist of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland, where he performed under musical director's Jesus-Lopez Cobos and Christian Zacharias successively.

José-Daniel is one of the foremost teacher's of our times. Professor of Flute at Lyon's "Conservatoire National de Région" for 13 years, he recently accepted the post of Professor of Flute at the "Haute Ecole de Musique" in Lausanne, Switzerland. José-Daniel has given masterclasses throughout Europe as well as in Brazil, Korea, Syria, and China. He has taught at many prestigious festivals such as the Tibor Varga Festival, the Academy at les Arcs, Palma Music Festival, etc…

With a particular interest in chamber music, José-Daniel co-founded the Trio "Pierre de Ronsard" with colleagues, Isabelle Moretti, harp and Nicolas Bône, viola. He performs regularly with other chamber formations and often appears as a soloist and recording artist. José-Daniel's next CD will include the complete concerto works of André Jolivet and Frank Martin and will be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne.



Renown flautist Julien Beaudiment brilliantly represents the French flute school. Born in 1978, he crossed the Channel when he was 18 years old, to study at the Guidhall School of Music in London with Paul Edmund-Davies and Averill Williams. He stayed there two years, before finishing his studies at the "Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris" with Sophie Cherrier, assisted by Vincent Lucas and Michel Moragués for Chamber Music where he successfully obtained the flute and chamber music awards. 

While he was still as student at the Conservatoire, he was appointed principal flute at the "Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon", today conducted by Kazuchi Ono, thereby taking the place of Philippe Bernold at the age of twenty two. Very quickly his concert career led him to perform on great stages and renown festivals. From 2005 to 2006 he was appointed principal flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer and he temporarily took leave from his Orchestra in Lyon, which he rejoined the following year. He is currently the only French flautist to have held this position in a great British Orchestra.

A chamber music enthusiast, he won the Barcelona international sonata competition. He performed beside artists like Philippe Bernold, Lluis claret, Sarah Nemtanu, Hervé Nkaoua, Denis Pascal, Ishiro Nodaira, Jean Francois Zygel, Oliver Triendl, the jazzman Antoine Hervé, the members of the “Wiener Philharmoniker”, Ariane Jacob, the "quatuor Psophos", the "quatuor Diotima", Rachel Brown, Michel Moragues, Elizabeth Vidal, Christine Icart...

He is also a member of the “Faust wind quintet", made up of talented representatives of the new generation of French woodwind players (Nicolas Baldeyrou, Nora Cismondi, Julien Hardy and Benoit de Barsony) and accompanied the famous dancer/choreographer Regine Chopinot for two years the world over, performing the Bach's Partita in the play “Colonne.”

Julien is regularly invited to play with the world renowned "Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields" in London. His particularly rich musical career has nevertheless left him time to teach. He is also assistant professor of the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon", and teaches in many academies: "Vanderbilt Academy” in Aix en Provence, the "Nice International summer Academy", the "Bruges Academy" in Belgium and in many master classes in Europe and Asia (China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan). Julien has for several years now closely collaborated with the instrument maker SANKYO.

Since 2013 Julien has beenprincipal flute in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 




Born in 1975, Laurent BEN SLIMANE obtained first prize in clarinet and chamber music at the Conservatoire National de Région de Tours. At the Conservatory of the 6th arrondissement of Paris in the class of Bruno Martinez, he received first prize of the City of Paris. At the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris-CNR, he was rewarded with a unanimous first prize in the class of Richard Vieille. He later also won first prize of the City of Paris in bass clarinet in the class of Bruno Martinez.

As a teacher, Laurent BEN SLIMANE was assistant professor at the Conservatoire National de Région de Tours and the Conservatoire de Saint-Cloud, he currently teaches bass clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
He has also taught at the Academia Musicale Internationale d'Assisi in Italy and has given masterclasses in Spain, Norway..

He has given recitals in France and abroad (Norway, England, etc) but also played with numerous orchestras such as the London Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra of Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle, the London Sinfonietta, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Malher Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, etc... 

Laurent is Principal bass clarinet in the London's Philharmonia Orchestra since 2005 and in 2008 also won the position of 2nd Principal Clarinet

Laurent is a bon vivant, is eager to discover the culinary delights Corsican and especially to find the sun after so many years of gloom!



Jan began his musical education at the Gnesin School of Music in Moscow and was a prize-winning scholar at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London. He is a winner of the Tobias Matthay Fellowship, the Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship, the Sterndale Bennett Recital Prize, the English Speaking Union Accompanist Prize and the Robert Alva Memorial Prize. 

Jan is a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has performed across the UK, as well as in Europe, Russia and the USA. His highlights include Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Palazzo Borghese in Rome, Haydn Saal in Vienna, the Yusupov Palace in St Petersburg, Edinburgh Festival, Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Charleston International Piano Series and Steinway Hall in New York.
Together with the Rautio Piano Trio, he has appeared in many renowned venues and festivals across the UK, including St George's Bristol, London's St Martin-in-the-fields and the Wigmore Hall. He has given numerous live broadcasts on BBC Radio3.

Jan has a keen interest in period performance and in June 2011 was invited to perform at the English Haydn Festival, where he played with the trio, as well as performing Mozart's Concerto in C minor on a pianoforte. In December 2012 his composition, "Gloria", for choir, strings and organ was premiered in London.

 The trio have been invited to give a series of lecture recitals in Tel Aviv in May 2013, and, also in 2013, the trio will perform Mozart's complete chamber works in a series of concerts in St George's Bristol. In March 2013 the "Suite-Concertante" (clarinet, violin, cello and piano) was premiered at the Al Bustan festival  in Lebanon.

Jan has already been to Corsica to accompany and perform on three courses with Miranda Playfair, and is already well known in Vero for his humour, talent, hearty apetite and boundless patience and enthusiasm.

ERIC VILLEMINEY . CELLO .  2014 . 2015

Eric studied at the Bordeaux conservatoire and at the Guildhall School of Music with Stefan Popov and the Takacs Quartet, where he won all the internal music awards and competitions. He has been a guest of the Manchester Cello Festival and has performed at the Wigmore hall in London, as well as all over Europe. He has worked with Boris Pergamenschikow, Raphael Wallfish, Alexander Rudin, the Borodin and Melos quartets, the Beaux-Arts trio…

Eric was awarded prizes at the Sonata competition in Vierzon, the International Henri Sauguet competition and the 'Fnapec' - Concours International de Paris. Between 1995-2001 he was professor of cello at the British School in Paris.

Especially attracted by chamber music, he formed the Werther Trio in 1996, working mainly on the rich french repertoire, which resulted in two recordings of trios by Théodore Gouvy, Benjamin Godard and Robert Schumann which were warmly received by the critics. Between 2001-2010 he joined the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie which he left to join the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he regularly plays with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, Gustavo Dudamel, Kurt Mazur, Yuri

Eric is also founder-artistic director of the Rencontres Musicales in Hautes-Vosges since 2002. In 2012 he revised an unfinished cello concerto by Reynaldo Hahn and most recently played Beethoven's Triple Concerto at Salle Pleyel in Paris.

BEN DAVIS . JAZZ CELLO . 2013 Please see press



As a child, Youri Gautier began the cello almost by chance and this instrument  quickly became a revelation. As a student he continued his studies with various classical professors and won several awards including 1st prize in cello at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, in 1999.

Youri has performed and been critically acclaimed on many European stages (Gubbio, Porto, Tallinn, Lyon, Paris ...). His concert in Argentina marked a break with classical music and an exploration into other possibilities- improvising Jazz, Rock, Electro, Traditional on the cello. It led to him to play much of his repertoire on an electric cello with pedal. 

Since he moved to Corsica he has performed at many festivals  ( the music festival of Ajaccio, a concert at the Aghja and recently a concert organized by Miranda Playfair in Vero (South Corsica). He also played in local bands (Manat, Elecktrad the Altru Latu) and has worked with the storyteller Francette Orsoni. Youri lives in Vero opposite the church.

He spends much of his time composing with the help of a loop station and a multi effects pedal that expand the possibilities of his expression, allowing him to play several parts at once, creating a framework around which he can improvise.

With a dozen pieces to his name, and several albums, Youri offers a concert experience that transports us somewhere fresh and thoughtful, inspired by ethnic music, Blues, Gnawa, Eastern ...




Miranda was born and schooled in London. At 15 she joined the European Community Youth Orchestra ECYO (renamed EUYO) for 3 years, under the baton of Claudio Abbado.

Miranda chose Trinity College of Music in London to be able to continue studying with her Professor, the Hungarian Bela Katona. She soon joined the Goldberg Ensemble in Manchester which encouraged her taste for orchestral work. She appeared as a soloist with local orchestras, and played for Sir Neville Marriner who invited her to join the violins in the already legendary orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. During her post graduate year, Miranda decided to leave Trinity College early to accept a shared co - leader position in the Bergen Philharmonic Ochestra in Norway. Here began her love affair with Scandinavia.

Her first year in Bergen opened the way to the co-leader job in Trondheim, several guest appearances as principal with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, one leading Rimsky Korsakov's 'Sheherazade' live on radio. This led her to be invited to direct the North Norwegian chamber orchestra, and to join the Oslo Philharmonic during their golden years under maestro Mariss Jansons. During this time she was also invited to become guest musical director and artistic leader of Musica Vitae for a year, a Swedish chamber orchestra in Vaxjö, for whom she planned programmes, directed from the chair and played solo. Joining the Norwegian chamber orchestra under Iona Brown's leadership (the pioneering female leader who also led the smaller chamber orchestra of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at that time) was one of the most exciting times of her early musical experience. Iona was a major inspiration and influence and will never be forgotten. Norway and musical life in England had already come full circle. Iona Brown asked her to join her smaller Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra, and Miranda returned to London.

The newly formed Malaysian Philharmonic invited Miranda to come and help them set up the orchestra. They wanted experienced players as well as all the excellent youngsters who had auditioned. After six years of being principal, soloist, chamber musician and teacher there, it was time again to return home to London. She began to work and tour regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra, sometimes as guest principal, rejoined the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and toured with the German contemporary group 'Ensemble Modern', the contemporary music ensemble in Frankfurt, with composer/conductors such as Peter Etvös and Pierre Boulez .

More recently, Miranda joined the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as a full member under the directorship of Joshua Bell, joined the historically informed 'Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique' under maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner where she has the opportunity to play on gut strings and adapt and rethink playing styles with like minded musicians from all over Europe . She has been appointed Associate Leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  with its dynamic young conductor Vasily Petrenko, and invited to become a Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester . She has also taught at the Bruges International Masterclassses Musica Reservata

Miranda lives in West London, travels regularly to play with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and to teach at the Manchester Royal Northern College of Music, is occasional guest leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and for the rest of the time is touring all over the world performing with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Royal liverpool Philharmonic, John Wilson Orchestra, playing chamber music and teaching.

Creating a lasting 'Fondation Ponte Cultura'  set in the Corsican mountains is now her priority, and with her talented team of close colleagues and friends helping her, it is fast becoming a very real possibility. 

TARA PERSAUD . VIOLIN . Ponte Cultura Trustee & force of nature

Tara Persaud began studying traditional Irish folk music on the violin at the age of six, before taking up classical studies a year later. She attended Royal Holloway, University of London, reading German and Music BA Hons and German Culture MA. She also led all of the university ensembles and performed several solo recitals there. Tara has had masterclasses with Emanuel Hurwitz, Gabor Takács-Nagy and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, has performed at music festivals including Dartington, Minehead, Aldeburgh and Verbier, and was a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra for four years. Her television credits include the National Lottery Live and the BBC Four documentary Britten’s Children. As well as leading the Salomon Orchestra, Tara is a member of a number of other amateur ensembles in London. Her energy, enthusiasm, natural musicianship, humour, and laughter are key to the success of the Ponte Cultura festival.

Tara is Senior A&R Manager at EMI Classics in London.



Elodie Marianne Griscelli is a young Corsican pianist. At age 17 after a literary degree and a 'premier prix' solo piano and chamber music, she leaves to discover the musical world in Paris. She now works in Poitier as a teacher and accompanist,

She was a welcome addition to the Ponte Cultura team as guest accompanist in 2012.



DIDIER HUSSENOT . JAZZ 2012/13/14. 2015

Didier is a jazz trombonist and has a home both in Nice and in the village of Vero. His generous warm nature and his enthusiasm for music equal his vast wealth of experience and knowledge of the traditional jazz world. Ponte Cultura welcomes him back with open arms for a fourth year in a more formal role as Jazz 'initiator' for those interested students wanting an introduction to jazz improvisation. Please visit his website to learn more about his group.

NINA RAUTIO . SOPRANO   2014 . 2015
For the second year running, Ponte Cultura welcomes Nina Rautio as their vocal professor. Nina is from Karelia, Russia. Diva of the Bolshoi, La Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Berlin State Opera House, The Royal Opera name but a few. She has performed several times with Luciano Pavarotti, Lorin maazel, Riccardo Chailly etc. Nina currently resides in London. She is a dedicated teacher, preparing ambitious, promising young students for the demands of the operatic stage.


Alena Lugovkina, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, recipient of Guildhall Artists Fellowship 2014-2015, is a UK based Russian flautist. Ms Lugovkina holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded the highest woodwind exam mark of that graduating year. Here, she studied with William Bennett and Patricia Morris (piccolo). She received her Master of Music, with Distinction, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied on the Orchestral Course with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke and Sharon Williams (piccolo).

During summer 2014 Ms Lugovkina gave recital and masterclass in ESMAE (Conservatoire of Music and Theatre in Porto, Portugal) as well as two more recitals in other venues of Porto. The same summer Alena was teaching at the Verbier Festival's Amateur Chamber Music Week and lead workshops for children in cooperation with Verbier Festival's Discovery. This summer Alena was one of the very first participants of the Verbier Academy's Reaching Out team and received scholarship and prize of Swiss NEVA Fondation.

Concerts and masterclasses undertaken by Ms Lugovkina in 2014- 2016 will include solo concert tours in Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Spain and USA.

At the age of 20, at a British Flute Society Convention headline concert, Alena Lugovkina gave a prestigious solo recital followed by performing duets with Emmanuel Pahud, the Principal Flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, in his recital. The following summer, Alena was teaching assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School where she also shared a recital and performed duets with Denis Bouriakov. She has performed solo works with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra.

Alena has performed at many prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, King’s Place. In the summer of 2013 she performed in two BBC Promenade concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has played concerts in Canada, Japan, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria and Spain.

Alena has won several prestigious awards whilst studying including the Hattori Foundation Award, The Leverhulme Trust Award, The Philharmonia MMSF Award, Wolfson Foundation Award, Jo Weinberg Award and Elizabeth Spater Award. She won 1st Prize at the RAM flute competition, 1st Prize and Sebastian Bell award at the British Flute Society’s Competitions and 1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition Friedrich Kuhlau in Germany duetting with Kayoko Minamino - Principal Flute of Orquestra do Norte (Portugal).

In 2013 Alena obtained an Exceptional Talent Tier1 visa to live and work in the United Kingdom awarded by the Home Office with the application being endorsed by the Arts Council of England, making her one of only 35 professional artists in the World to have received this visa during that year.

As an orchestral player, Alena has recently played as Guest Principal Flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has also undertaken trials with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She was a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland) for three years, Orpheus Sinfonia, London Mahler Orchestra and Britten-Pears Orchestra as well as taking workshops in Orchestral Academy Ossiach (Austria), where she played chamber music with soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a keen chamber musician and is a founder member of the Atéa Wind Quintet. Atéa have been the Associate Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire since 2012. They were the first wind group for many years to win a Kirckman Concert Society’s audition. Their future engagements include several concerts in London, including Wigmore Hall, and in other cities of the United Kingdom. They will be performing at the Cheltenham Music Festival in England and the Tunnell’s Trust chamber music festival in Scotland in the Summer of 2014. Alena also has regular duo partners pianist Pavel Timofejevsky, American harpist Katherine Ventrura and Australian guitarist Andrey Levedev. With all three duo partners she performs regularly in the UK and Russia and has upcoming concerts in the USA. She has performed with such ensembles as Azalea (UK ensemble of contemporary music) and ClassicsArt soloists ensemble, a Russian ensemble comprised of musicians from Moscow Virtuosi orchestra and professors of the Gnessins Special Music School.