Comprised of 35 passionate and talented young musicians aged 18 to 29 under the baton of Vincenzo Casale.

Tuition free, the TWIS YOUTH ORCHESTRA ( Taffanel Wind Instruments Society from the « Société de musique de chambre pour instruments à vent » by Paul Taffanel in 1879 ) is more than a youth orchestra. It is an institution training 21st century leaders and offering a clear vision of the universal power of music to transform future generations.

It is the resident young ensemble of the Festival ARTONOV

Through educational projects and its work in partnership with a number of international competitions, which are important springboards for young artists embarking on their professional careers, TWIS is also actively involved in providing young musicians with an opportunity to get to know the realities of the music world today, while sharpening their critical faculties and developing their personalities. Indeed, when performing works for which there is no interpretational tradition, musicians have to find inspiration and conviction within themselves

TWIS YOUTH ORCHESTRA has  performed already in Alicante Festival, De Singel, Brussels Courant d’airs, Brussels Royal Conservatory musical season and in a production with PARTS, the dance academy of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in a new choreography  of Daniel Linehan.


Stravinsky  “Rite of spring”  in a new version for 2 pianos, winds and percussions

With the wind ensemble of the Royal Conservatory of  Brussels
Project for the anniversary of Sacre premiere (1913-2013)

In May 1913, Igor Stravinsky debuted his ballet “The Rite of Spring”.

Though it is one of Stravinsky’s most famous works, his creation was first met with harsh criticism, negative reviews, and yes – a riot.

The Cause and Events of the “Rite of Spring” Riot

Stravinsky debuted  the The Rite of Spring Ballet at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on May 29, 1913, to an audience accustomed to the grace, elegance, and traditional music of “conventional” ballet. Opposition to Stravinsky’s work literally happened within the first few minutes of the piece as members of the audience booed loudly in response to the inharmonic notes accompanying the unrecognizable bassoon’s opening solo. What’s more, the work’s unconventional music, sharp and unnatural choreography (dancers danced with bent arms and legs and would land on the floor so hard their internal organs would shake), and Russian pagan setting, failed to win over the majority of the audience.

As the ballet progressed, so did the audience’s discomfort. Those in favor of Stravinksy’s work argued with those in opposition. The arguments eventually turned to brawls and police had to be notified. They arrived at intermission and successfully calmed the angry crowd (yes, the show wasn’t even half way over before people were throwing punches). As the second half commenced, police were unable to keep the audience under control and rioting resumed. Stravinsky was so taken aback by the audience’s reaction, he fled the scene before the show was over.

The Rite of Spring in the 21st Century

Just like Beethoven’s 9th Symphony changed the future of symphony composition, so Stravinky’s Rite of Spring did to ballet. Up until that point, ballet was beautiful, elegant, and charming. As I mentioned before, audiences were used to seeing and hearing works like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring introduced new concepts in music, dance, and story. Today, it is considered to be a milestone in the history of ballet.