Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello
Jonas Vitaud, piano
Friday, October 25, 2019
Doors open at 6:45 pm | Concert 7:30 pm
West Vancouver United Church
Beethoven: 7 Variations on « Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen » WoO46
Poulenc: Sonata for cello and piano
Janacek: Pohadka for cello and piano
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata opus 19
Winner of the 1st prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2017, Victor Julien-Laferrière is also 1st Prize Winner of the Spring Prague International Competition 2012.
Born in 1990, Victor Julien-Laferrière completed his studies in Paris Conservatory (CNSM, 2004-2008) with Roland Pidoux. As from 2009, he studied at the Vienna University with Heinrich Schiff and then Clemens Hagen in Mozarteum Salzburg until 2016. From 2005 to 2011, he took part to the International Music Academy-Switzerland of Seiji Ozawa. He was awarded the Soloist of the Year nomination at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique classique on French National TV.
He performs as a soloist with such orchestras as National Belgian Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Luxemburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermitage State Orchestra at the St Petersburg Olympus Festival, Slovak Radio Symphony, etc.
He is a guest of the KKL Luzern, Tonhalle Zürich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Auditorium du Louvre and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Klavier Ruhr Festivals, Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence, Gstaad Sommets Musicaux, the Kuhmo (Finland), Berne, Besançon, Deauville festivals, Nantes and Tokyo Folle Journée, the Phillips Collection in Washington...
His first sonata recording is released in 2016 with the pianist Adam Laloum (Mirare): Sonatas by Debussy, Franck, Brahms. The recording receives the greatest rewards for the press : Diapason d’or, CHOC by Classica, ffff by Télérama and “Editors’ choice” by France Musique.
In 2009, he founded the piano Trio Les Esprits together with Adam Laloum and Mi-Sa Yang ; they recorded two CDs under the label Mirare before releasing a double Schubert album for Sony Classical.
In 2018, he will be performing with the Lausanne and Paris chamber orchestras, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, the Brussels Philharmonic under Stéphane Denève, I Pomeriggi Musicali orchestra in Milano, as well as the Lille National Orchestra. He will be touring in Brazil and giving recitals in Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Vitaud’s intelligent musicianship, rock-solid technique and cultivated sonority impress…
Jonas Vitaud studied with Brigitte Engerer, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Christian Ivaldi and was given four first prizes at the Paris National Conservatory (piano, chamber music, harmony and piano accompaniment). He has been awarded several international prizes as a soloist and in chamber music (Lyon, ARD in Munich, Trieste, Beethoven in Vienna).
Jonas Vitaud continues to give performances in recital and also with orchestras. He appears regularly at numerous famous festivals in Europe and throughout the world as la Roque d'Anthéron, Folle Journée in Nantes Tokyo Varsovia and Ekaterinburg, La Chaise Dieu Festival, Pâques à Deauville in France, the Goslar festival, The Richard Strauss Festival in Germany, Caserta in Italy, iDans in Turkey, French May in Hong Kong, Phoenix Hall In Osaka, Dubrovnik’s Summer Festival, Phillips Collection in Washington ... He is invited to perform as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, including the Toulouse’s Capitole Orchestra, the Symphony orchestra of the Prague Radio, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra…
Jonas Vitaud has also dedicated himself to chamber music, a passion that he has shared with such artists as the pianist Adam Laloum, the cellists Victor Julien-Laferrière and Christian-Pierre La Marca, the violist Adrien La Marca, the sopranos Karine Deshayes and Sumi Hwang, the clarinetist Raphaël Sévère, the Zaïde Quartet...
Passionate about contemporary music, He has worked with, among others, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtag, Philippe Hersant, Yann Robin… who have inspired him greatly and have helped him develop as an artist.
In 2018, He will release on the MIRARE label an album dedicated to Claude Debussy. In 2016, he has made two highly successful recordings. He celebrated Henri Dutilleux 100th anniversary with an album on the NoMadMusic label which he performed in several venues. The album received the « Grand Prix Soliste instrumental » from Charles Cros’ Academy. The other recording dedicated to Tchaïkovky on the MIRARE Label, awarded several accolades (5 DIAPASON…). Since 2013, he teaches at the Paris National Conservatory, he is also supported by the Singer-Polignac Foundation.