French cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière has racked up an impressive roster of prizes in his still-young career: first-prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2017, first-prize winner of the Prague Spring International Competition 2012, prize of the Safran Foundation for Music in 2013, and Soloist of the Year nomination at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique classique on French National TV, among others. From 2005 to 2011, he took part in the International Music Academy-Switzerland of Seiji Ozawa. His first sonata recording (Debussy, Franck, Brahms) was released in 2016 on the Mirare label and won high praise from the critical press, including a Diapason d’Or, CHOC from Classica, ffff from Télérama and Editors’ Choice from France Musique. His most recent recording, released in September 2019, with pianist Jonas Vitaud, is devoted to music of Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Denisov.Victor Julien-Laferrière plays a Domenico Montaniana cello. He is also a member of the Trio Les Esprits, with violinist Mi-sa Yang and pianist Adam Laloum. The Trio recently signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical. Last season Julien-Laferrière made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
Pianist Jonas Vitaud too has won numerous international prizes, including the ARD in Munich and the Beethoven Prize in Vienna. BBC Music magazine wrote that he ‘has the technique to span the gamut of expressions, from wrathful heroism to tension-filled chiaroscuro’.
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