Applications for the Académie Camac 2020 are now open! Now in its fourth edition, the Académie Camac is our fully-sponsored course for exceptional concert harp students aged between 18 and 30. In 2020, we are delighted to be returning to beautiful Dijon, for a week of intensive study with the Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic – Anneleen Lenaerts.


  • Work intensively with one of the world’s greatest harpists, under the best possible conditions, at the beautiful Marcs D’Or in Dijon, France.
  • Daily individual lesson with Anneleen Lenaerts.
  • Individual concert grand harp for practising as much as you like, when you like.
  • Daily, but not compulsory, informal performance opportunities.
  • Places are limited to allow intensive tuition.
  • Apart from your travel to the course location (Dijon), all costs are covered by Camac Harps.

Anneleen Lenaerts is one of the leading artists of the harp today. She has been Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010. 

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Course Philosophy 

A smart way to get the best out of really good people is to give them a lot of one-to-one tuition, provide them with great study conditions – and leave them alone. The best universities and conservatoires have done this for centuries. It is however a method that is under ever-increasing pressure to justify itself. It appears to offer little and cost a lot, and so you see classes get larger and larger, as do the supplementary classes and courses. The result is what every college professor today will tell you: there is no time. No time to practise, no time to teach through the big competition programmes, no time to work on what you’re going to do after college. No time, either, for the professors’ own work, be that performance, research or both.

Go back to the elite model, and suddenly your time is your own again. It isn’t cheaper: instead of paying for classes, you are paying for time, and time is precious.

It is this principle that lies behind our Académie Camac. We give participants a daily lesson with an exceptional teacher, provide good harps and good food – and let them get on with it. We install the Camac office under the wisteria and students come and go, chat to us or work in peace and quiet by themselves, as they choose. There is no closing concert, but voluntary performance opportunities take place informally every evening.

Because of the deliberately unstructured nature of the course, the Académie Camac is suitable for older students aged between 18 and 30, who are comfortable working independently. 


Thanks to the kindness of our friends Olivier Troubat and Ludovic Escalonna, we are delighted to be returning to their beautiful home with the Académie Camac 2020. This is the Marcs D’or, a short walk from the historic centre of Dijon, France.  Beautiful surroundings, comfortable private rooms, and a warm welcome all await you next Spring!

Chambres d’hôtes des Marcs d’Or
9 rue des Marcs d’Or
21000 Dijon

Apply Now 

Our academy is open to our young clients aged between eighteen and thirty on April 25, 2020. Simply send a CV, a covering letter stating why you would like a place, and a recommendation from your teacher, to Helen Leitner via the form below.

FAQBefore you fill out the form, please read our FAQ. If you have any questions about your application, send Helen an email

Applications are now closed. 




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