Early Music
in Loire Valley

« Cello concertante in the 18th century »

Semi-finals : May 31st / Nantes

Final : June 1st / Fontevraud

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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 theme of the third edition will be "Cello concertante in the 18th century"

Semi-finals will be organized in Cité internationale des Congrès of Nantes on May 31 and the final will be held on June 1st at Fontevraud Royal Abbey.

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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.


Applications online on this website from 1st December 2018.
Instrumental ensembles only.

1st Dec.

Application opening

31 March 2019

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

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

Daniel Cuiller (crédits Studio-Garnier)

Daniel Cuiller

Violinist, director of Stradivaria – Ensemble baroque de Nantes

Nicolas Bucher

Organist and harpsichordist
Director of Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles

Hidemi Suzuki

Orchestra Libera Classica

Alice Orange

Artistic advisor of the Festival of Sablé

Henri-Frank Beaupérin

Henri-Franck Beaupérin

Titular organist - The Great Organs of Sylvanes

Philippe Muller

Cello Professor at "Manhattan School of Music" in New-York City and at "Conservatoire National" de Paris

Ensembles Selected

Semi-Final in Nantes, Cité des Congrès – Friday 31st of May

La Barque de Charon Germany
Chiave d’Arco
Etrange Eclat
Favole Musicali
Serinus Quartet
Les Vieux Galants

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Presentation Stradivaria & Anacréon



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…"




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 ...


2017 edition

” The art of Sonata” («Sonate, que me veux-tu ?» – B. Le Bouyer de Fontenelle, 1657-1757)

2017 edition took place on 11 and 12 June 2017 in Nantes and in Angers.

The selected ensembles were :

  • Artificiosa, 4 musicians, France
  • Duo Accorda, 2 musicians, Germany
  • Falbalà, 5 musicians, Germany
  • La Barque de Charon, 3 musicians, France
  • L'Apothéose, 4 musicians, Spain
  • L’Archivolte, 5 musicians, France
  • Le Jeu des Lumières, 3 musicians, Poland
  • Les Contre-Sujets, 3 musicians, France
  • Les Fous Divertissants, 8 musicians, France
  • Matís, 6 musicians, Switzerland
  • The Beggar’s Ensemble, 3 musicians, France
  • Taylor Consort, 4 musicians, France
  • The Counterpoints, 4 musicians, Netherlands

The winners of the 2017 edition

The Taylor Consort

1st Prize and Audience Prize


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The Taylor Consort is a chamber music ensemble that brings together young musicians who have an interest in historically informed interpretation and who share a common sensibility and enthusiasm. Conceived by the harpsichordist and fortepianist Justin Taylor soon after his victory at the International Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, the ensemble takes pleasure in championing repertories as varied as the trio sonata, Romantic chamber music with a fortepiano, and Baroque vocal music.

The young ensemble has already performed in Paris (at the Hôtel de Soubise, the Petit Palais, the Singer-Polignac Foundation), at the Easter Festival in Deauville, at the Dijon Opera, in Rouen (at the Corneille Chapel), at the Fringe Festival in Utrecht (Netherlands), at the Festival of Pont-Croix, at the Festival of Saint-Michel en Thiérache, at the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Kraków, and at the Anacreon Festival in Angers. The Taylor Consort has also been featured on the “Génération Jeunes Interprètes” show on the national radio station “France Musique”.

The Taylor Consort works closely with the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik. During a residency at the Cité de la Voix in Vézelay, they deepened their approach to eighteenth-century French vocal music. This exciting work on French cantatas will lead to the recording of a first disc for the prestigious Alpha Classics label. The ensemble is currently in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris.

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2nd Prize



L’Apothéose was born in December 2015 like a space of celebration, reflection and experimentation for its members. From its beginnings, they wanted to take the historical interpretation to the highest level, maintaining clear ideas and joining all their knowledge to convey to the listener the emotional content and rhetoric of each composer. They receive the recognition of the public in each concert for its vigorousness and expression.

They have been the early music winner ensemble at “Circuitos FestClásica 2018”, 1st prize, Bärenreiter prize and Eeemerging prize at the international “Göttingen Händel Competition” 2017, 2nd prize at “Concours International de Musique Ancienne de Val de Loire” 2017 and 2nd prize at the “Förderpreis Alte Musik Saarland” 2016 in Saarbrücken.

Its interpreters have a solid classical and historicist academic training and have been part of ensembles such as the Capilla Real de Madrid, La Madrileña, Bachorchester Mainz, Insula Orchestra and the Spanish National Orchestra among others. As a group, they have received advice from Richard Egarr, Jana Semerádová, Claire Guimond, Kristin von der Goltz, Jesper Christensen, Alberto Martínez or Guillermo Peñalver.

Its chamber music repertoire ranges from the early baroque to the end of classicism, traveling through all the great European nations and their different styles.

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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 of the 2015 edition

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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