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This International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley is open to all instrumental ensembles performing repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments (Baroque chamber ensembles).
The event is biennial.
After a 1st edition in 2015, the 2nd edition will take place on 11 and 12 June 2017 !
The theme for the 2017 Final is : " The art of Sonata "
(« Sonate, que me veux-tu ? » - B. Le Bouyer de Fontenelle, 1657-1757)
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Co-organized by Stradivaria- Ensemble Baroque de Nantes and Anacréon, the aim of this competition is to promote ensembles of young musicians who specialize in this repertoire.
1 December 2016 : Applications are open online
1 April 2017 : Deadline for applications
First half of April 2017 : Preselection of candidates
15 April 2017 : Announcement of the candidates preselected
11 June 2017 : Semi-Final in Angers - Collégiale Saint-Martin
12 June 2017 : Final in Nantes - Cité des Congrès
13 June 2017 : Gala concert in Avrillé - Eglise Saint Gilles
Anacréon is a non-profit organisation created more than 25 years ago to promote baroque music and young baroque music ensembles. Anacréon organise each year a season with 7 to 10 concerts, and favours in its programming the discovery of young talents.
This is why Anacréon invited many artists long before they were known, such as:
Patricia Petibon, Violaine Cochard, Magalie Léger, Ophélie et Héloïse Gaillard, Julien Martin, Justin Tailor, Salomé Gasselin, Claire Antonini, Blandine Rannou, Jean-François Novelli ...
Since 1987, Stradivaria - Ensemble Baroque de Nantes, directed by the violinist Daniel CUILLER, revive the music of the greatest Baroque composers. The Ensemble performs this particular repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries respecting the historical requirement of this musical heritage.
This approach needs a real commitment from all Stradivaria members, singers and instrumentalists. Fitted with a perfect knowledge of baroque works, they render with authenticity the sound qualities of this repertoire, playing on instruments in accordance with the organological criteria of this period.
Their work on style, phrasing, ornamentation, and on technical requirement, made us to recognize today the “Stradivaria sound”.
« Recreate in performing, showing rather than demonstrating, and let the music speaks…”
Applications online on this website from 1st December 2016.
Instrumental ensembles only.
Maximum average age for the ensemble
Find all the details about the prizes in the rules
The 2015 Edition took place on 16th and 17th May 2015 in Nantes and Angers.
The ensembles selected :
Created by Antoine Touche and Clément Geoffroy, l'Escadron Volant de la Reine gathers together young professional musicians, fond of Baroque music. All former students from European superior conservatoires, they are linked by a deep friendship and it’s very naturally that they came together in January 2012. The ensemble performed in various festivals : un Automne à Limur (Vannes), Festival de Pâques (Deauville), les Jeudis Musicaux de la Chapelle Royale (Versailles), Festival de Ribeauvillé and will play next february at the festival de l’Amuz in Anvers. L’Escadron Volant de la Reine is the winner of Anvers International Young Artists Presentation 2013 (Belgium).
The Goldfinch Ensemble was born in 2013 from the meeting of four young musicians at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, in the Netherlands. Quatuor composed of a traverso, a baroque violin, a viola da gamba and an harpsichord. The Goldfinch Ensemble is interested particularly by French music from the 18th century. In their final years at the conservatoire, the ensemble is working under the direction of professors such as Wieland Kuijken, Wilbert Hazelet and Philippe Pierlot who encouraged them to continue this musical and human adventure. Programmed in the Netherlands and in Belgium, the ensemble performed in 2014 in various festivals.