Centre Musical Edgar Varèse de Gennevilliers

Centre Musical Edgar Varèse

Jean Leber replaced André Voisin as head of the Ecole Municipale de Gennevilliers.
It quickly becomes a National School of Music and changes name to the Edgar Varèse Musical Center: this name and status change are linked to the will of the new headmaster to bring together pedagogy, diffusion and creation.
Pedagogically-wise, he sets up the first "mini-concerts", replaces the annual exams by cycles, creates a composing class (Gérard Grisey and Philippe Manoury) and an electroacoustic class (Jean Schwarz).
A tight collaboration was initiated with the Ecole Nationale d'Art Edouard Manet and the Theatre National de Gennevilliers which led to world premieres such as Le Pavillon au bord de la rivière by Betsy Jolas / Bernard Sobel.

The new premises of the Centre Musical Edgar Varèse still are among the most innovative in France.

Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille

Conservatoire Pierre Barbizet

In 1985, alongside with his solo violin position at the Marseille Opera, Jean Leber also ensures the direction of the strings department at the Conservatoire National de Région in that same city.
Beside his responsibilities as a violin teacher, he reflects on the professional future for students of this academy. Hence, as artistic director of the Ensemble Orchestral de Marseille, he favours their admission in that group alongside with seasoned professional musicians, which constitutes a real training for the young ones who get the spirit of a "musical companionship".

Since 1990, that Music Academy changed name to the Pierre Barbizet Music Academy, internationally renowned pianist, head of this academy from 1963 to 1990.

Carillon National (Ah ! Ça ira)

Le Bal des Citoyens
Danses et contredanses de la Révolution, arrangements Georges Boeuf
1 CD Fonti Musicali (581105) recorded at Marseille Conservatoire

Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Danse de Chartres

Under Jean Leber's impulse, the Educational project for the Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Danse de Chartres (Chartres' national school of music and dance) quickly evolves between 1990 and 2000. The "classes maîtrisiennes" as well as the "classes à horaires aménagés" are rapidly set up; a tour in Japan crowns the success of that newly created choir school.
Another strong moment for the pedagogical orientation is the twinning with the Poitiers CNR, then run by Eric Sprogis wich led to the French premiere of pieces based on literary texts such as Arc-en-ciel de Remparts by Henri Pousseur / Michel Butor and Itaipu>/i> by Philip Glass created at the Futuroscope in Poitiers as well as in the Chartres' Cathedral. A close collaboration with the Théatre Scène Nationale led to musical performances such as L'empereur d'Atlantis by Viktor Ulmann or Le Golem by Gualtiero Dazzi / Jacques Kraemer. Exhibitions at the Chartres Museum are the occasion of premieres like Albertine disparue by Jean-Claude Risset / François Bourgeat and Harmonies Rebelles, a franco-lebanese evening with Andrée Chedid reading her poems accompanied by traditional Arab musicians.

Philippe Raynaud, Libre
© 2011 Jean Leber