Victor Julien-Laferrière, winner of the Safran Foundation for Music Prize

Paris, February 22, 2013

The Safran Foundation for Music supports talented young musicians with their training or the launch of their professional careers. Every year, it awards a Prize to a particularly promising artiste, and the winner in 2013 is a virtuoso cellist, Victor Julien-Laferrière. This musician received the plaudits of the public in concerts staged in the framework of the "Jeunes talents – Premières armes" ("Young talent - First arms") cycle of the Musée de l'Armée, a Foundation partner for this prize. .

Born in Paris in 1990, Victor Julien-Laferrière started playing the cello at the age of 7 under René Benedetti, then went on to study at the Paris Conservatory (2004-2008) before becoming, in 2009, the pupil of Heinrich Schiff at the University of Vienna. In parallel, between 2005 and 2011, he took part in the International Music Academy Switzerland of Seiji Ozawa. He won first prize along with two special prizes at the 2012 Prague Spring International Music Competition.
He has also been invited, notably, to play at the Auditorium du Louvre and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad festival, the Opéra de Dijon, and festivals in Kuhmo (Finland) and Bern (Switzerland), to name but a few.
Alongside Adam Laloum and Mi-Sa Yang (Safran Foundation for Music prizewinner in 2010) he founded the "Les Esprits" trio, which has just played at the Folle Journée de Nantes and which will be performing at Deauville Festival (05/2013) and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (02/2014).

Victor Julien-Laferrière was designated Instrumental Soloist Revelation of the year at the 2013 Victoires de la Musique Classique awards.

I come from a family of musicians and I discovered my passion for music at a very early age. I don't remember ever toying with the question of becoming a musician, for me it was quite obvious! I am both surprised and delighted to have been awarded the Safran Foundation for Music Prize. I still have lots to learn, a lot of work ahead and so many people to meet, and this Prize will help me in a really tangible way. The prospect of making so much progress and so many new discoveries really thrills me!", the artiste declares.

The Safran Foundation for Music Prize will be officially presented to Victor Julien-Laferrière at a recital in May at the Musée de l'Armée.

Upcoming concerts :

  • March 8: Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, in a trio with Adam Laloum and Alexandra Soumm
  • March 19: Paris, Singer-Polignac Foundation, private chamber music concert
  • April 1: St Rémy de Provence, Auditorium, with the Les Esprits trio
  • May 3: Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic), with the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
  • May 8, 9 and 11: Deauville Easter Festival
  • May 14: Prague, with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

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