The Safran Foundation for Music Prize has been awarded to the pianist, Guillaume Vincent

Paris, November 8, 2012

The Safran Foundation for Music Prize was awarded on November 8, 2012 to Guillaume Vincent, a virtuoso pianist who made his mark in concerts staged in the framework of the "Jeunes Talents – Premières Armes" ("Young Talent - First Arms") cycle laid on by the Musée de l'Armée, in partnership with the Safran Group. This young artiste proved a hit with both the public and the organizers alike!

This prodigious musician was born on October 9, 1991 in Annecy, France. He started studying the piano at the age of 7 and was already giving his first recitals aged 10. His talent was soon spotted and nurtured by Henri Gauthier and François-René Duchâble, who encouraged him to apply for the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he was admitted at the age of 13 to the class of Jacques Rouvier and Prisca Benoit. At the age of 16, he was the jury's unanimous choice for the Piano Prize, and obtained his Diplôme de Formation Supérieure. He continued his studies in Paris and obtained a Masters in Piano and a Prix d'Harmonie aged 18. With the support of his teachers, Jacques Rouvier and Jean-François Heisser, he obtained his Diplôme d'Artiste Interprète (Musician's diploma) in 2011.

At the still tender age of 20, Guillaume Vincent is already a multiple prize winner : Prix Drouet - Bourgois in 2006; first prize at the Leipzig music festival in 2008; Prix de l'Académie Ravel and Prix des Mélomanes de la Côté Sud, Saint-Jean de Luz in 2009; third prize In the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition; SACEM Prize; Lacroix Foundation Prize; National Orchestra of France Prize in 2009; and first prize in the Adelia Alieva competition in 2010. He was also designated "Classical Music Revelation" by the ADAMI musicians' society in 2010.

From his early childhood, Guillaume Vincent has been used to taking to the stage, and admits to always having had the desire to get the public to share his musical universe. He receives invitations from many festivals in France and worldwide to perform solo and with orchestral accompaniment. His musicianship can be enjoyed, in particular, at the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Roque d'Anthéron, and festivals such as the Piano aux Jacobins and the Valois, Nohant, Cordes-sur-ciel, and Deauville festivals.
He also often performs in chamber music ensembles, and has already had the opportunity to play with the likes of Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, Vanessa Szigeti, Yan Levionnois, Jonas Vitaud, and the Ardeo Quartet.
This year he played for the first time with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Bordeaux-Aquitaine. He has also toured in Japan with the Kanazawa Orchestra. His recording of the Rachmaninov Preludes has just been released on the naïve label.

« "2012 has been a special year. I've cut my first record, I've performed on lots of international stages and I've just been awarded the Safran Foundation for Music Prize. This distinction is an honor and an encouragement to work even harder in the service of music. I started playing the piano while very young, it's the instrument of my life, my passion," Guillaume Vincent declares.

Upcoming concerts:

- December 6 at 12:30 pm : Five pieces in folk style, Opus 102 by Schumann
- Sonata in D minor by Debussy - Sonata in C Major, opus 65 by Britten with Yann Levionnois on the cello - Auditorium du Louvre - Paris
- December 9 : Concert in the Museum of Grenoble

To find out more about the artiste, go to : http://guillaumevincent.net

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