The aim of the Lumières d’Europe chamber music academy-festival is to allow exceptional young talents with a vocation to become professional musicians to benefit from advice from the best artists of their generation.

We invite members of the public to join us at different moments of this chamber music festival, and enjoy conferences with academics, researchers and artists in partnership with the Collège de France and the Institut de France; as well as concerts, which will take place on November 11, 12 and 13 at Petit Palais and La Grange-Fleuret Library in Paris.

Dates and programs of Concerts

Wednesday, November 9th at 8 pm,
La Grange-Fleuret Library, Paris 

Luise Adolpha Le Beau quatuor en fa mineur op 28
R. Schumann Quintette en mi bémol Majeur op 44

Friday, November 11th at 8 pm,
Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles Church

Schubert Quintette
Schönberg Verklärte Nacht

Saturday, November 12th at 11 am,
Petit Palais, Paris

Mahler quatuor en la mineur
Zemlinsky trio en ré mineur op 3
Brahms quintette avec piano en fa mineur op 34

Saturday, November 12th at 3 pm
Petit Palais, Paris

Schubert quintette en ut Majeur D.956
Bruckner Quintette en fa Majeur WAB.112

Sunday, November 13th at 11 am,
Petit Palais, Paris

C. Schumann trio en sol mineur op 17.
R.Strauss quatuor avec piano en do mineur op 13

Sunday, November 13th at 3 pm,
Petit Palais, Paris

Brahms Ballades pour piano op 10
Brahms quatuor avec piano en do mineur op 60
Schönberg sextuor « Verklärte Nacht » op 4
Gérard Pesson Nebenstück

Concerts will be presented by Lionel ESPARZA

Conferences at Royaumont Abbey: November 6th to 9th, 2022

The unattainable absolute. The time of romanticism (1787-1833)

Denis Thouard, Philosopher, Director of Research at the C.N.R.S

Sunday, November 6th at 6:30 pm, Royaumont Abbey, Asnières-sur-Oise


Researcher, historian of philosophy, critic, philosopher, translator, poet.
Thesis on Kant and Schleiermacher (1997).
Works on Jena Romanticism: Critique et herméneutique dans le premier romantisme allemand (1996) ; Symphilosophie. Friedrich Schlegel à Iéna (2002) ; Le partage des idées (2007).
Books: Kant (2000) ; Schleiermacher (2007) ; Et toute langue est étrangère. Le projet de Humboldt (2016) ; Goethe, le second auteur (2022).
Translations, editions: Meister (poèmes, 1993) ; Humboldt (1999-2000) ; Schleiermacher, Esthétique (2004).

Purpose of the conference:

This conference aims to draw a portrait of the historical, cultural and philosophical situation of Romanticism as it was in Germany towards the end of the 18th century and around the Athenäum literary magazine (1798-1800). This period, especially the years 1789-1807, was a time of rarely equaled origination of new ideas and forms. In this general effervescence, some individuals emerged: philosophers, scholars, writers, artists.

The absolute has been sought, but remains out of reach, since Kant. Since it cannot be known, it is sought on the side of action, morality or freedom, but also on the side of religion or art. We will explore this situation in the talk.

Romanticizing music with E. T. A. Hoffmann

Laurent Pernot, Hellenist, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres

Monday, November 7th at 6 pm, Royaumont Abbey, Asnières-sur-Oise


Laurent Pernot, born July 10, 1955 in Saumur, is a French professor and historian, specialist in ancient Greek rhetoric. He has been a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres since 2012. By decree of the President of the Republic dated November 13, 2014, he was named a Knight in the National Order of Merit and, since October 1, 2015, he is a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
Laurent Pernot studied at the École Normale Supérieure and obtained an agrégation in Classics and a doctorate of State.

He is a professor at the University of Strasbourg, where he is director of the Institute of Greek and founder of the Center for the Analysis of Religious Rhetoric in Antiquity. His research focuses on rhetoric (second sophistry) in ancient Greece.

A correspondent of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres since April 28, 2006, he was elected member on October 19, 2012, in the chair of Louis Bazin.

Science from Schubert to Schönberg

Catherine Bréchignac, Physicist, President of the C.N.R.S. and Secretary of the Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, November 9th at 5:30 pm, La Grange-Fleuret Library, 8th district of Paris


Catherine Bréchignac, born Teillac on June 12, 1946 in Paris, is a French physicist. President of the CNRS from 2006 to 2010 and of the High Council for Biotechnology from 2009 to 2010, she is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences since November 2005 and perpetual secretary of the Academy from 2011 to 2018 in the first section covering mathematics, physics and sciences of the universe.

She was appointed president of the CNRS at the Council of Ministers meeting of January 11, 2006, on the proposal of the Minister of Higher Education and Research François Goulard, after a management crisis that had seen her predecessor Bernard Meunier and the director general of the CNRS Bernard Larrouturou clash. She then formed a tandem with Arnold Migus as director general, but the predominant role of the presidency was clarified.
She was appointed president of the High Council for Biotechnology on April 30, 2009, and then ambassador for science, technology and innovation in January 2010.

After being elected on June 22, 2010 as perpetual secretary of the French Academy of Sciences, she left the presidency of the High Council for Biotechnology on December 31, 2010 to be able to concentrate fully on her new position. She is also a member of the scientific council of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST) and a member of the orientation council of the Ecology of the Future Foundation, created in 2011.