Opéra de Rouen


In September 2016 Newzik teamed up with the French Classical Orchestra of Rouen with the purpose of creating the world’s first ever concert using iPads, and to find out how classical orchestras could implement and benefit from using digital score readers over traditional pencil and paper.

The concert took place to close to the Impressionists Festival in the Opera de Rouen and the 80 musicians played the following six pieces with iPad Pros and Bluetooth foot pedals.

The Challenge


With only two days of rehearsals before the actual concert, the performers didn’t have time to waste. So the challenge was two-fold. One, to make the transition from paper and pencil to digital as smooth as possible. Two, to do it in the minimal timeframe that was given before having to perform in front of 900 people. Although most of the performers had never read sheet music off of a tablet before, they quickly adapted to the technology.


The Rouen Opera House, formally known as (Rouen Normandy Opera House) was founded in 1998 by Austrian conductor Oswald Sallaberger and is located in Rouen, Normandy. The Theater of the Arts is well renowned for hosting some of the largest productions from around the world and sees thousands of enthusiastic classical music lovers pass through its doors every day.

“We are quickly realizing its tangible benefits”

We began trying the software yesterday. Between then and now there is already a huge difference to how we’re using it. We are quickly realizing its tangible benefits. For example, to cut and eventually eliminate a section, normally you must erase everything. Now this is accomplished in just one click. Turning pages with a pedal, to go forward and backward. There are things that are easier and go much faster. That’s for sure.

Helene, Musician

Pieces Performed

1.Sonate de Vinteuil, by 3 laureat composers

2.Galop, George Bizet

3.Suite Pastorale, Emmanuel Chabrier (Scherzo Valse)

4.Tzigane, Maurice Ravel,

5.Pavane, Gabriel Fauré 

6.La Jeune Fille et la Perle, Alexandre Desplat

The Results Were Amazing

After a successful concert and by the end of the trial, each musician filled out a survey about their experience

Future Perspective

The Orchestra of Ruen is currently in close contact with us, as they are considering and preparing to make the move to digital performances.

  • Rate your experience with Newzik 80%
  • Do you think that digital will replace paper? Yes 80%
  • Would you like to renew the experience? Yes 96%

“I’m interested in what we are doing with this application, and how it is linked to collaboration”

What I find amazing is the notion of music together. I’m interested in what we are doing with this application, and how it is linked to collaboration. For example, if the first violinist makes a down-bow (music symbol) on his score, the fourteen violinists behind him will get the information instantaneously.

Yvan Cassar, Conductor

“We know that there is a revolution in progress. A digital revolution.”

For us it is interesting to be pioneering this project and see how we can work together on building an efficient tool. A tool to serve as the new model of the orchestral world.

Claire, Head of the Orchestra

Video showcase from the rehearsals

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The Trial – Limited Spots!

If you are interested in learning more about Newzik or to make a trial for your orchestra, then please get in touch.
We are currently offering 1 week of trial such as the Opéra de Rouen, but there are only a limited number of spots open. 

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