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Safran Foundation for Music: spotlight on Bruno Philippe

Corporate social responsibility

Established at the end of 2004, the Safran Foundation for Music aims to provide young musicians with support during their training or career development. Some of these musicians are now accomplished, recognized artists in the music world. This month, find out more about Bruno Philippe, a virtuoso classical and baroque cellist, supported by the Foundation and winner of the Safran Foundation Music Award in 2016.

Born in Perpignan in 1993, Bruno Philippe began playing cello in his home town with Marie-Madeleine Mille and regularly attended Yvan Chiffoleau's master classes. He then continued his studies at the Paris Regional Conservatory (CRR) in Raphaël Pidoux's class. In 2009, he earned a place Jérôme Pernoo's class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and also joined Claire Désert's chamber music class. As of 2011, he started to win various awards. In 2014, Bruno joined the Kronberg Academy, which specializes in teaching talented young violinists, viola players and cellists. He studied here until 2018 as a young soloist, with the help of a scholarship awarded by the Safran Foundation for Music for the year 2016.

The Safran Foundation for Music helped Bruno Philippe to purchase a Venice-School cello made between the late 17th and early 18th century, with which he played a great deal. It was with this instrument that he won the Audience's Award and 3rd Prize at the 2014 ARD International Music Competition (a public consortium of nine German regional broadcasters) in Munich. He also plays an extremely valuable cello made by Carlo Tononi, on loan from the Beare's International Violin Society.

Winner of the 2018 "Victoires de la musique"

Having already won many prestigious awards (André Navarra International Competition, Special Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition, Feuermann Competition, ADAMI Classical Revelation, etc.), Bruno Philippe won the 2016 Safran Foundation Music Award devoted to the cello. The following year, he won the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and was named Instrumental Revelation at the "Victoires de la Musique Classique" in 2018.

His third record already

Bruno Philippe released his first record in 2015. The disc was devoted to Brahms' sonatas and recorded with the pianist Tanguy de Williencourt. In 2017, he joined the Harmonia Mundi label in the Harmonia Nova collection dedicated to young artists and recorded Beethoven and Schubert sonatas with Tanguy de Williencourt. In the spring of 2019, his latest opus devoted Russian music was released, in collaboration with the pianist Jérôme Ducros.

Bruno Philippe's concerts

Bruno Philippe performs as a soloist, or with other renowned musicians, at many prestigious venues in France and around the world. For more information, click here.

You can see him in concert, on the following dates:

  • May 9, at the MC2 in Grenoble with the musicians of the Louvre
  • June 7 in Albas (Lot) with Tanguy de Williencourt
  • June 9, at the "Seine musicale" in Boulogne-Billancourt
  • July 1, at the Baroque Festival of Ile Saint-Louis (Paris)
  • From July 4 to 7, at the Cours du Marais festival (Paris)
  • July 20 at the European Young Talents Festival (Paris)
  • July 31 at the "Pays d'Auge" festival

Listen to Bruno Philippe

Enjoy Bruno Philippe's and Thomas Dunford's (archlute) interpretation of Vivaldi's concerto in G minor adagio (from 1hr31mn26s to 1hr35mn20s) on the "Générations France Musique" program recorded on March 30, 2019.

And also on YouTube: