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The Safran Foundation for Music: focus on Constance Taillard
Constance Taillard was born in 1994 in Mulhouse. She began studying the piano, then moved on to the harpsichord and organ at the Conservatory in her hometown. She graduated with a degree in Musical Studies (DEM) in the harpsichord and organ. She then honed her skills with Eric Lebrun at the CRR (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional - the Regional Conservatory for music and dance) in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.
At the age of 17, Constance Taillard joined the class of Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (the National Superior Music Conservatory) in Paris. After obtaining her Masters' Degree with first-class honors in the harpsichord and figured bass, in 2015 she enrolled in the organ classes of Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry. At the same time, she undertook training to become a certified teacher. In 2016, Constance was appointed harpsichord professor at the Conservatory in Arras.
The Safran Foundation for Music embodied its support for the young artist by helping with the purchase of a Titus Crjne harpsichord in 2016, and a Johannus Live III organ in 2018.
Constance Taillard frequently performs as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, both in France and abroad. She has already performed at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, as part of the comprehensive Johan Sebastien Bach marathon; at the Philharmonie de Paris, as well as at the La Chaise-Dieu Festival, where she was in residence.
Her interest in contemporary music has led her to meet many composers of today, such as Gilbert Amy, Thierry Escaich and Eric Lebrun. France Musique has invited her on several occasions to appear on the shows "Génération Jeunes Interprètes" (Generations of Young Performers) and "Chambre Classique" (Classic Chamber). In September 2018, she won second prize in the Corneille International Baroque music competition.
Ensemble music also holds an important place in the young artist's musical life. She has performed under the direction of Julien Chauvin, Ignazio Schifani and Maxime Pascal, and is regularly called on to work with vocal ensembles such as the Intermezzo and Jubilate Deo choirs and the Christine Paillard vocal ensemble.
She is very careful to maintain her organs in their original condition, and chairs the Oltingue Sundgau Heritage Association, which has the objective of preserving the Callinet organ - the most authentic in France.
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Constance Taillard will take part in many different musical events, from May to December 2019
- 3 May: Recital at Saint-André's Church in Bordeaux with the Les Aurores ensemble
- 12 May: Organ recital at the Beaugency church
- 2 June: Organ recital at the Lanvellec Festival
- 19 July: Organ and choral concert with soprano Harmonie Deschamps
- 4 August: Organ recital at Notre-Dame de Beaulieu church in Cucuron, as part of the Roque d'Anthéron Festival
- 20 August: Organ concert at Saint-Paul's church in Strasbourg, with tenor Paco Garcia, as part of the Stras'orgue festival
- 12 October: Harpsichord and organ recital in Saint-Savin
- 15 December: Organ concert in Andrésy, with bassoonist Victor Dutot
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Focus on the Safran Foundation for Music instrument purchases
Created in 2004, the Safran Foundation for Music helps young, especially talented musicians with their training and their professional development. Heading into a demanding career, these musicians can call upon the Foundation for help in different ways. Thus, the Foundation regularly supports these young talents at the beginning of their careers.
Among the most frequent requests is help with the acquisition of a practice or concert instrument. The Foundation usually makes a partial contribution towards the acquisition of an instrument or bow, for string instruments, and the instrument then becomes the property of the young artist. This support has a knock-on effect of supporting the music instrument manufacturing industry, on the one hand through the transmission of expertise specific to these craftsmen and women, and on the other through the innovations that may arise when the instruments are made.