Collegium21 is a unique musical and educational event in the world of the harp. Its goal is to valorize the contemporary harp by bringing composers and young harpists together.

The competition takes place in two key phases. Firstly, harpists of all levels can discover new compositions via a series of master classes with our guest composers. Secondly, the competition takes place a fortnight later, with repertoire including the pieces featured in the masterclasses.

Discovering contemporary musical languages, getting to know composers and experiencing new types of expression and modes of playing are all exciting experiences. Collegium21 wishes to share this excitement as widely as possible, and so also publishes videos of all its masterclasses online.

Founded in 2016 by Ghislaine Petit-Volta and Rémi Guillard, Collegium21 is managed today by the “Le Collège Contemporain” association, in partnership with the “Les signes de l’arc” association under the artistic co-direction of Ghislaine Petit-Volta and Laurence Bancaud.

The next edition of Collegium21 will take place in June 2023, at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional in Paris. The master classes will take place on June 3 and 4, 2023 and the competition on June 17 and 18, 2023.