THE ODD BACH SUITES Nos. 1, 3, 5

VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIÈRE, cello

Saturday, 10 March at 8:30pm
Venue: MAR CHARBEL CHURCH, MAAD - BYBLOS

Victor Julien-Laferrière returns to the festival for the third time, as the first prize winner of the prestigious 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He performs three Bach Suites in the medieval church of Saint Charbel in Maad, Byblos. This evening promises to the enchanting and memorable.

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Victor Julien Laferrière, cello

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).

From 2005 to 2011, he took part in the International Music Academy-Switzerland of Seiji Ozawa and as from 2009, he studied at the Vienna University with Heinrich Schiff.

He has performed with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Peter Oudjian as part of the Spring Prague festival, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermitage State Orchestra at the St Petersburg Olympus Festival as well as with the Pilsen Radio Philharmonic, the South Bohemian Philharmonic, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, etc.

In chamber music, he is the guest of the KKL Luzern, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence, Tonhalle Zürich, Gstaad Sommets Musicaux, Al Bustan Festival, Lugano Ticino Musica, Prague EuroArt Festival, and has been invited to play at the Kuhmo Festival (Finland), Berne, Autunno Musicale Caserta (Italy), Besançon, Deauville festivals, Nantes Folle Journée, in the Cité de la Musique and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Auditorium in Dijon.

His first recording (Brahms clarinet Sonatas and Trio with Adam Laloum and Raphaël Sévère) receive the Diapason d’or of the Year 2015, and ffff in the magazine Télérama.

The last one was released end of 2016 with the pianist Adam Laloum (Mirare): Debussy, Franck, Brahms and also receive a Diapason d’or and ffff by Télérama as well as the CHOC by the magazine Classica.

He also took part in many radio and TV shows, for France Musique, the BBC in London and MezzoTV. He played with such musicans like Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, Christian Ivaldi, Alain Planès, Vladimir Mendelssohn.

In 2009, he founded the piano Trio les Esprits together with Adam Laloum and Mi-Sa Yang ; they recorded a CD with works by Beethoven and Schumann, and played lately the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Salle Gaveau and a trio recital in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.