Classical music victories 2021: what you need to know about the 28th edition

After current music, it is the turn of the world of classical music to deliver its Victories. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday February 24 at 9 p.m. at the Auditorium in Lyon, with an evening hosted by Stéphane Bern and musician and radio producer Marina Chiche. It will be broadcast live on France 3 and France musique. Who are the nominees, who will be on stage? Franceinfo summarizes everything you need to know before the big night.

Who are the nominees in the queen categories?

We find artists that the public knows well, very installed on the French scene“, explains Marina Chiche, co-presenter of the evening. In the Instrumental soloist category are essentials such as the pianists Alexandre Tharaud and Khatia Buniatishvili or the rising star of the guitar, Thibaut Garcia, revealed by the Victoires in 2019. The mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, star of the baroque, is named among the lyric artists, just like Julie Fuchs, soprano that the general public will have discovered in the jury of the program Prodiges on France 2. In the category Composer, one finds in particular Betsy Jolas, figure of contemporary composition, which competes with Topeng, for string quartet.

The named:
Instrumental soloist: Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), Thibaut Garcia (guitar), Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

Lyrical artist: Lea Desandre (mezzo-soprano), Julie Fuchs (soprano), Véronique Gens (soprano)

Composer: Benjamin Attahir for Istiraha, sonata for violin and piano
Betsy Jolas – Topeng, for string quartet
Benoît Menut – Iroise, two traverses for cello

Registration: Beethoven, Around the world – Ebony Quartet – Erato
The Blue Hour, H. de Bingen, Hersant, Shostakovitch, Hartmann »- Marianne Piketty, Le Concert Idéal – Evidence Classics
Nights – Véronique Gens, I Giardini – Alpha Classics

Who are the nominees in the Revelation categories?

These are the stars of tomorrow. In addition to rewarding young talents, the Revelations category offers a springboard for future great careers. “In the Revelation category there is a diversity of profiles“, considers Marina Chiche, with three instruments represented in the Instrumental Soloist box: piano, violin and percussions. The Revelation lyrical artist category is this year entirely female with three sopranos in the running: Marie Oppert, both from the Maîtrise de Paris and from the world of musical comedy, the Guyanese Marie-Laure Garnier, discovered during the Revelations of the Adami 2014, and Jeanne Gérard, who recently told France Télévisions, during a report, her tips for keeping her high level despite the end of concerts.


The named:

Revelation (instrumental soloist): Jean-Paul Gasparia (piano), Aurélien Gignoux (percussions), Eva Zavaro (violin)

Revelation, lyric artist: Marie-Laure Garnier (soprano), Jeanne Gérard (soprano), Marie Oppert (soprano)

How will the ceremony take place?

The ceremony will be held behind closed doors, due to the health situation. It will be presented by Stéphane Bern, and by violinist and radio host Marina Chiche. The artists who will perform on stage will be accompanied by musicians from the Orchester national de Lyon conducted by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, the orchestra’s new musical director. He will be supported by a second conductor: Frank Strobel, specialized in the direction of film music and cine-concert. The evening will be punctuated by the performances of the artists in competition but also those of guest artists.

The national orchestra of Lyon, which will accompany the artists during the ceremony of the Victories of classical music 2021. & nbsp;  (Claire Gaby)

Who are the guest artists?

The Lyon auditorium stage will host some of the biggest names on the international scene: the tenors Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee and the conductors Glass Marcano (semi-finalist in the Maestra conductor competition) and the Argentinian Leonardo García Alarcón, figure of baroque music. Baritone Ludovic Tézier, Lyric Artist of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2006 and 2013, will also be present, as will the very popular duo Jatekok (who will revisit the Carnival of the Animals).

Les Victoires also announced the arrival of trumpeter Romain Leleu and organist Ghislain Leroy. The great conductor Jordi Savall will be present on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the film All the mornings of the world Alain Corneau, who revealed it to the general public. Finally the actor Alex Vizorek will bring a touch of humor to this musical evening.

Who will receive the Victory of Honor?

Every year, a Victoire d’honneur is awarded to an international artist, honoring his entire career. But in this year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of concert halls, the Victoire d’honneur will be dedicated to “musicians and in the future“, announced the Victories. The prize will be symbolically awarded to a student of the Conservatoire de Lyon.”The idea is to focus on supporting the new generation “, details Marina Chiche.

[VICTOIRE D’HONNEUR] Usually, we give a Victory of Honor to an international artist, but in this …

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