Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello
Friday 30 March 2018, 8.30 p.m.
Victor Julien-Laferrière, who won first prize at last year’s prestigious, international Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, is newly chosen as the winner of the 2018 Victoire de la Musique Classique in the category of instrumental soloist.
This Paris-trained musician is the new face of French cello, effortlessly executing the major classical works of his repertoire (such as Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, which placed the cello centre-stage when the instrument had long been considered inferior to the viola da gamba) alongside those of the 20th century: in Trois Strophes sur le Nom de Sacher by Henri Dutilleux, the cello is given a new language with which to serve as exquisite ambassador of a profoundly moving opus. The poetic world of Dutilleux dialogues with Hungarian Zoltàn Kodaly through the latter’s too-rare Sonata for Solo Cello. Composed in 1915, this work combines majestic virtuosity with memories drawn from popular music, extracting unprecedented sound from the cello: fiddle, cimbalom and percussion are born of the musician’s bow in this work.
Cello Suite No. 3 in C major
3 strophes sur le nom de Sacher
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Sonate pour violoncelle seul op.8
Winner of the 1st prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2017, Victor Julien-Laferrière is also 1st Prize Winner of the Spring Prague International Competition 2012.
Born in 1990, Victor Julien-Laferrière completed his studies in Paris Conservatory (CNSM, 2004-2008) with Roland Pidoux. As from 2009, he studied at the Vienna University with Heinrich Schiff and then Clemens Hagen in Mozarteum Salzburg until 2016. From 2005 to 2011, he took part to the International Music Academy-Switzerland of Seiji Ozawa…
He performs as a soloist with such orchestras as Orchestre national de Belgique under Andrei Boreyko, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Peter Oudjian, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra under Stéphane Denève, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie under Frank Braley, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermitage State Orchestra at the St Petersburg Olympus Festival as well as with the Pilsen Radio Philharmonic, the South Bohemian Philharmonic, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, etc.
In chamber music, he is the guest of the KKL Luzern, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence, Tonhalle Zürich, Gstaad Sommets Musicaux, Al Bustan Festival, Lugano Ticino Musica, Prague EuroArt Festival, and has been invited to play at the Kuhmo Festival (Finland), Berne, Autunno Musicale Caserta (Italy), Besançon, Deauville festivals, Nantes Folle Journée, in the Cité de la Musique and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Auditorium in Dijon
His first sonata recording is released in 2016 with the pianist Adam Laloum (Mirare): Sonatas by Debussy, Franck, Brahms. The recording recives the greatest rewards for the press : Diapason d’or, CHOC by Classica, ffff by Télérama and “Editors’ choice” by France Musique.
He also took part in many radio and TV shows, for France Musique, the BBC in London and MezzoTV. He played with such musicans like Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, Christian Ivaldi, Alain Planès, Vladimir Mendelssohn.
In 2009, he founded the piano Trio les Esprits together with Adam Laloum and Mi-Sa Yang ; they recorded a CD with works by Beethoven and Schumann, and played lately the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Salle Gaveau and a trio recital in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.