The Safran Foundation for Music Prize

The Safran Foundation for Music supports the annual cycle, "Young talent, First arms", organized by the Musée de l’Armée in partnership with the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris.

Against the prestigious backdrop of Les Invalides, one Friday per month, different musicians perform in public concerts. This is a musical season of some renown, which culminates in the awarding of the special "Safran Foundation for Music" prize.

The ceremony this year took place following a concert performed on December 10, 2010 at Les Invalides in front of a large audience. The prize was awarded to Mi-sa Yang, a young violinist of South Korean origin, and soloist at this performance. Mi-sa has already received numerous distinctions, including first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in 2000. She began her career at the age of 12, and has played both recitals and in such prestigious lineups as the London Mozart Players and the New Japan Philarmonic. This versatile artiste is also an exponent of chamber music, performing in particular at summer festivals such as "La Roque d'Anthéron" in France and "Kuhmo Chamber Music" in Finland.

The objective of the Safran Foundation for Music is to nurture young talent. This emblematic prize serves to raise the profile of its recipient artistes, in particular helping to get them invited to many festivals.