From 1-15 February 2014 the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici presents the fifth edition of Controtempo music festival. Internationally acclaimed, the festival continues to explore the latest trends in contemporary music, without excluding forays into a reactivated past. In line with previous editions, some of the most innovative composers and musicians of the contemporary scene are again presented this year. The string quartet is the protagonist of the 2014 edition of Controtempo , a true ‘workshop’ for creativity,as can be seen in the quartets composed by the likes of Haydn, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Debussy as well as Lachenmann and Boulez. The four analogous complementary instruments that make up the string quartet (1st and 2nd second violins, viola and cello) blend together to become a single 16-string instrument. Under the artistic direction of Yann Robin – former fellow at the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici – Controtempo proposes eight outstanding concerts where musicians such as the Tana Quartet, the Quixote Quartet, the Béla Quartet, the Diotima Quartet, as well as the Arditti Quartet and soloists Donatienne Michel-Dansac (soprano), Garth Knox (viola) and Alain Billard (clarinet) will perform. The program will give the public a chance to listen to the works of contemporary composers as well as the quartets of Beethoven and Schoenberg, in a Face à Face series. The concerts will take place in the Grand Salon of Villa Medici , the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and the Auditorium Parco della Musica . The concerts will include encounters with the composers. Upon proposal of bow-maker Emmanuel Carlier, currently a fellow of the French Academy in Rome, the festival will establish a “bow-making-workshop” devoted to contemporary music. Controtempo also focuses on young people through the institution of a pedagogical electronic music workshop conceived by composer Lauren Durupt, currently a fellow of the French Academy, which is addressed to the classes of two junior high schools in Rome (29 January 2014). For the concerts on 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 February The French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, Grand Salon Admission: 10 € (full price) – 5 € (reduced price) Presales at Point Ticket and at Villa Medici during opening hours of the ticket office On concert days the ticket office opens at 19.30. Pre-concert encounters and bow-making workshop: admission free. For the concerts on 6 and 9 February Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Sala Casella Via Flaminia, 118 – 00196 Rome Tel. 06 3201752 – Admission: 10 € (full price) – 5 € (reduced price) Presales at Vivaticket ( For the concert on 15 February Auditorium Parco della Musica, Teatro Studio Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30 – 00196 Rome Tel. 06 80241281 – Admission: 15 € Ticket Office Tel. 892982