The Médiathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris was founded in 1986 by the noted musicologist Henry-Louis de La Grange and the music-critic Maurice Fleuret, who wished to make available to a large public their extensive collections related to 19th and 20th century music.
The Médiathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris is a non-profit organization constituted in accordance with the law of 1901 governing French charitable institutions. It has been officially approved by the Fondation de France.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Vincent Mouret, President of the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler (MMM), and Aldo Cardoso, President of the Fondation Royaumont, signed a cultural cooperation agreement establishing a long-term partnership between MMM and Royaumont.
At the same time, the Fondation de France, represented by its President, Philippe Lagayette, extended agreement making available the building housing the MMM.
The Médiathèque Musicale Mahler wished to work with the Fondation Royaumont, a music institution pursuing objectives comparable to its own, in order to more closely engage with the music community in France and abroad.
The Médiathèque Musicale Mahler and the Fondation Royaumont share a common approach to conserving, expanding and sharing the musical heritage.
Created in 1964, the Fondation Royaumont, located at Royaumont Abbey in the Val d’Oise region north of Paris, which it owns, has become the leading European Cultural Encounter Center.
As an international gathering place for musicians and dancers, it has focused for nearly 40 years on research, training, creative work and dissemination. It has forged partnerships with institutions of higher learning and programmers to support musicological research and the arts, more particularly in conjunction with the François-Lang Music Library (BmFL).
The BmFL covers the period from the late 16th to the early 20th centuries (Debussy collection) and has gradually put together a collection of works from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Acquired by the Fondation in 2007 and opened to the public in 2009, the BmFL provides inspiration for the music programs organized by the Fondation and its partners.
The Fondation and the MMM share a commitment to conserve, transmit and disseminate the musical heritage held by the two libraries, which spans western classical music from the 16th to the 21st century.
This partnership builds on exchange and cooperation programs that the two institutions have been developing since 2015.
Francis Maréchal, Director General of the Fondation Royaumont, will now also serve as Director General of the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler. The Fondation will make human resources and skills available to the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler and be represented in its governing bodies.
To learn more about this partnership : Press release
Honorary president : Henry-Louis de La Grange
Président : Vincent Mouret
Vice-président : Béatrice Soucaret
General Secretary : Alain Surrans
Treasurer : François Tripet
Honorary advisers : Claudio Abbado, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Alfred Brendel, Elliott Carter, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, Henri Dutilleux, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Hampson, Eliahu Inbal, Christa Ludwig, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Jessye Norman, Seiji Ozawa, Murray Perahia, Simon Rattle, Tilson Thomas, Iannis Xenakis.
Others donors to the collections : Maïmé Arnodin, Claude Bandieri, Eric Baude, Jacques et Gérard Brunschwig, Odile Budan, Marie-Germaine Dorgeuille, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris-Alfred Cortot, Maurice Fleuret, Bernard Goué, Jeanne Green-Le Flem, Desi Halban von Saher, Mireille Helffer, Christine Jolivet, Irène Kamerling, Lotte Klemperer, Yves Koechlin, Madeleine Li-Koechlin, Henry-Louis de La Grange, Jacques Lonchampt, Marina Mahler, Madeleine Milhaud, Denise Paulme-Schaeffner, Gérard Pellier, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Jean Raindre, Albi Rosenthal, Claudine Rosenthal, Jacqueline Roskam, Jean-Manuel de Scarano, André Tubeuf, Jacques Vautrin, Josée Natika Yznaga.