Early Music
in Loire Valley

3rd edition coming soon in 2019 !

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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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About us

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.

Edition 2017

1st December 2016 : Applications are open online
15 April 2017 : Deadline for applications
1st May 2017 : Announcement of the candidates preselected

The selected ensembles are

class of 2019-001

11 June 2017 : Semi-Final in Angers - Saint Martin’s Collegiate Church
After the Semi-Final, 4 ensembles are selected for the Final :

Les Contre-Sujets
Taylor Consort
12 June 2017 : Final in Nantes - Nantes Events Center
After the Final, the winners of the International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley 2017 :

Taylor Consort - 1er Prix et Prix du Public
L'Apothéose - 2ème Prix

Find the live broadcast of the Final on the Competition’s Facebook page.

13 June 2017 : Gala concert by the winner, Taylor Consort
At 8:30 pm, Saint Gilles Church - Avrillé (49)
Booking: Anacréon - 02 41 44 18 01





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.

1st Dec.

Application opening

15 April

Application deadline

years old

Maximum average age for the ensemble

50€ - Application fees


The jury comprises a President, musicians and personalities from the musical world

William Christie

William Christie

Harpsichordist, founder and director of Les Arts Florissants, President of the jury.

Daniel Cuiller (crédits Studio-Garnier)

Daniel Cuiller

Violonist, director of Stradivaria – Ensemble baroque de Nantes

Violaine Cochard

Violaine Cochard


Henri-Frank Beaupérin

Henri-Franck Beaupérin

Titular organist - The Great Organs at the cathedral of Angers

Philippe Venturini

Journalist at Classica, Les Echos and France Musique

Claire Guimond

Flautist and Director of the Ensemble Arion (Montreal)

Alice Orange

Director of L’Entracte (National Stage) and the Festival of Sablé


  • First prize : 4 000€
    + 2 dates in the region Pays de la Loire
  • 2nd prize : 2 000€
  • Audience prize

Find all the details about the prizes in the rules

Application form

2015 Edition

Italian art of King Louis XIV’s France

The 2015 Edition took place on 16th and 17th May 2015 in Nantes and Angers.

The ensembles selected :

  • L’Archivolte, France
  • Con GRAZia, Austria
  • Ensemble La Concordia, France
  • Les Contre-Sujets, France
  • L’Escadron volant de la Reine, France
  • Les Fous Divertissants, France
  • The Goldfinch Ensemble, Netherlands
  • Ensemble Melante, France
  • Memento Mori, Switzerland
  • La Nef des Fous, France
  • Presqu’Ensemble, France
  • Les Ramoneurs, USA

The winners

L’Escadron Volant de la Reine

1st Prize and Audience Prize



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).

More information on their web site and their Facebook page!

The Goldfinch Ensemble

2nd Prize



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.

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This competition is co-organized by Stradivaria and Anacréon. The competition is supported by the Loire region,  the City of Nantes and the City of Angers. In partnership with FEVIS and REMA - European Early Music Network.

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