The Safran Corporate Foundation for Music prize goes to cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière
Every year, the Safran Foundation for Music awards a Prize to a particularly promising artist, and the winner in 2013 is a virtuoso cellist, Victor Julien-Laferrière. He was designated Instrumental Soloist Revelation of the year at the 2013 Victoires de la Musique Classique awards. The Safran Foundation for Music Prize was be officially presented to Victor Julien-Laferrière at a recital in May at the Musée de l’Armée.
Born in Paris in 1990, Victor Julien-Laferrière started playing the cello at the age of 7 under René Benedetti, then went on to study at the Paris Conservatory (2004-2008) before becoming, in 2009, the pupil of Heinrich Schiff at the University of Vienna. In parallel, between 2005 and 2011, he took part in the International Music Academy Switzerland of Seiji Ozawa. He won first prize along with two special prizes at the 2012 Prague Spring International Music Competition. He has also been invited, notably, to play at the Auditorium du Louvre and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad (Switzerland) festival, the Opéra de Dijon (France), and festivals in Kuhmo (Finland) and Bern (Switzerland), to name but a few. Alongside Adam Laloum and Mi-Sa Yang (Safran Foundation for Music prize winner in 2010) he founded the "Les Esprits" trio, which has just played at the Folle Journée de Nantes and which will be performing at Deauville Festival (05/2013) and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (02/2014).