GRAND CELLO WEEKEND
VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIERE, cello
JUSTIN TAYLOR, piano
JONAS VITAUD, piano
Beethoven, Twelve Variations for cello and piano
Mendelssohn, Cello Sonata no.2 op.58
Britten, Cello Sonata, Op. 65
Adès, Lieux retrouvés
The cello in all its forms in five stages: the second presentation with Victor Julien-Laferrière, one of the most brilliant young cellists of the French School.
At 28, Victor Julien-Laferrière already embodies the new face of French cello. Nominee at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2013 in the Instrumental Revelation Soloist category, First Prize at the Prague International Spring Competition 2012, Winner of the 1st prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2017 and Soloist of the Year at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique Classique, Victor Julien-Laferrière has already made an impact on the international scene.
For this second concert of the cello weekend, the brilliant cellist offers a journey in four stages, alongside his two pianist companions, Jonas Vitaud and Justin Taylor. Julien-Laferrière will begin his journey with Beethoven’s lyrical Twelve Variations, followed by the icon of romanticism, Mendelssohn, before taking a step back in time to 1960, where the British composer Britten, inspired by his recent encounter with Rostropovich, decided to dedicate a piece to him. Finally, a contemporary gem, Lieux retrouvés, composed by Thomas Adès (born in 1971), which conjurs the variying moods and textures of nature.
“The eminent qualities of this chamber musician must not make us forget the obvious: Victoire Julien-Laferrière is one of our great soloists. Stage presence, richness of sound and depth distinguish an artist – because he is one, in the full sense of the word – whose commitment and musical intelligence work wonders (…)”