The Centre Européen de Musique

The Centre Européen de Musique (CEM) is a musical, educational, scientific and cultural initiative of a kind never before seen in Europe.

Designed, created and driven by Jorge Chaminé, the CEM aims to become a crossroads of the arts, humanities, sciences and generations.

It will thus celebrate music as a universal language at the heart of Europe’s identity and humanistic values.



A unique heritage

The CEM is located in Bougival, a town at the heart of the Impressionists’ Hill, and set in landscaped grounds connecting the villa of Pauline Viardot, dacha of Ivan Turgenev and house of Georges Bizet, homes to three of 19th century Europe’s finest creative minds.

The vast estate will house a number of new buildings dedicated to training, knowledge transmission and interdisciplinary exchanges in the field of music.


An answer to the challenges of the 21st century

The CEM is scheduled to open by 2023, and will quickly offer a rich programme of recitals, concerts, operatic performances, conferences, artist residencies and masterclasses. It will also host an intergenerational residence and a laboratory dedicated to research on the connection between music and the brain.

Under the impulse of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, with support from the government, local authorities and European institutions, the CEM aims to take up the challenges of the 21st century by upholding values of togetherness and sustainable development.


A cultural eco-district

The Centre Européen de Musique will become a cultural eco-district at the heart of Bougival. In doing so, it will stand out as a momentous commitment to culture, tourism, heritage and society, made through the prism of music.