The Academy

Tradition, Excellence, Innovation

Created in 1957, the Nice International Summer Academy is one of the oldest academies in the world.

Some 50,000 students of over 50 nationalities have already come to hone their skills with the greatest professors in Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur and one of the most prized tourist destinations in the world.

Nice Classic Live, the music festival associated with the Academy, allows students to enjoy the concert experience under the best conditions. They can also attend all the festival’s concerts, both those by guest artists and by their Masters.

Under the chair of Marie-Josèphe Jude


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For over 60 years, the International Summer Academy of Nice has been a significant institution in the French and international musical landscape, as evidenced by the impact of its initiatives:

Providing high-level education and support to young musicians who are destined to become tomorrow's musicians.
Organizing the 'Nice Classic Live,' prestigious concerts, notably in the unique and magical setting of the Cloister of the Renaissance Monastery of Cimiez in Nice.
Through its history, renowned professors and soloists, and international influence, the Summer Academy has become an essential event in support of musicians and artists.


Artistic education of the highest quality with renowned masters. The greatest names have passed through it, both as students and as teachers. Legendary artists such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice André, Alexandre Lagoya, Pierre Sancan, Paul Tortelier, Lily Laskine, Jessye Norman, Aaron Rosand, Leonid Kogan, Dalton Baldwin, and others have performed here. A commitment to teaching in the traditions of the great music schools is upheld.



Do you wish to record a video? The Academy Studio offers its expertise and technical resources to help build your musical career, support your musical projects, and fulfill your communication needs, with the option of a video prototype.

The Academy also regularly opens its doors on YouTube. Singers, instrumentalists, and all musicians can express themselves or find masterclass videos that may interest them.


In 2020, the Academy hosted online Master Classes, thanks to an incredible new technology. The YAMAHA Disklavier piano allows for remote listening with great acoustic fidelity. This was a world first for a Music Academy within a conservatory, with interaction between two distant locations thousands of kilometers apart, and a European first with its global format.