26 year old Victor Julien-Laferrière from France has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the inaugural 2017 Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition, in Brussels, Belgium.
VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIERE | SHOSTAKOVICH CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1 | 2017 QUEEN ELISABETH INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 22 year old Yuya Okamoto from Japan and 21 year old Santiago Cañón-Valencia from Colombia.
4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to 22 year old Aurélien Pascal from France, 24 year old Ivan Karizna from Belarus and 22 year old Brannon Cho from the United States.
A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, Vienna University of Music and the Mozarteum University Salzburg, where he studied with Roland Pidoux, Heinrich Schiff, Clemens Hagen and Christophe Coin, Victor is a former 1st prize winner at the Prague Spring International Music Competition
He will receive €25,000 (US $26,000) and a number of important performance opportunities.
VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIERE | TOSHIO HOSOKAWA | SUBLIMATION | 2017 QUEEN ELISABETH INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE
This year’s jury comprised: Arie Van Lysebeth (Jury Chair), Gautier Capuçon, Marta Casals Istomin, Henri Demarquette, Roel Dieltiens, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Marie Hallynck, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Anssi Karttunen, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Truls Mørk, Jian Wang, Pieter Wispelwey.
Moving forward the annual Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition structure will be adjusted from a 3 to a 4 year cycle – with Cello in 2017, Voice in 2018, Violin in 2019 and Piano in 2020.