The « Fonds instrumental »
Since the first days of the festival, Bernard Hervet and Daniel Weissmann, supported by Aubert de Villaine, have decided to help young artists who have limited access to quality instruments. In order to create violins, violas, and cellos they have engaged internationally recognized luthiers, such as Stefan-Peter Greiner, Patrick Robin, Günter Siefert, Petr Sledaček, Antoine Gonon, Franck Ravatin, Apostol Kaloferov and Bernard Sabatier.
From there they founded an instrumental fund which allows continued acquisition of instruments thanks to the generosity of its patrons and participating estates. This unparalleled initiative exalts the prestigious Burgundy vineyards with the fabrication of 33 string instruments – each bearing the name of a Grand Cru wine and each instrument bears its vintage label marked “Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot“.
Today the collection includes 20 violins, violas and cellos. It is also supplemented with instruments lent by private individuals.
To select the young musicians who will benefit from the loan of a string instrument from the collection of the Fonds Instrumental, Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot uses its vast network of partners and professionals. Daniel Weissmann, General Secretary of the festival and coordinator of the Fonds Instrumental, invites professional musicians for an audition, organized annually at the Couvent des Cordeliers in Beaune.
The instrument lent to these young musicians, for a duration of one to three years, helps in their musical studies or at the start of their career. Many of the award winners have gone from the status of student to presenting themselves as candidates for the national conservatories in Paris and Lyon or to preparing for international selections.
The next auditions will take place on April 2nd, 2019 from 10am to 7pm at the Couvent des Cordeliers in Beaune.
Download the application form.
Please send your application form with a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter before January 25th
to Daniel Weissmann: firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates, recruited by dossier selection, must present a program composed of an obligatory piece (cf application form) and a free piece (10 minutes max).
« Young Talents » scholarship
The “Young Talents” scholarship was created during the first edition of Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot to help young musicians by awarding them a scholarship or by accompanying them in their professional debut (concerts, recordings etc.). Selected artists must be attending establishments or courses of higher education forming part of a recognized European and American cursus.
Fundraising by patrons and partners and financed by the annual auction held after the closing concert of the festival provides strong support to the award winners, allowing them to begin their international career with more serenity.
With such a distinguished career start, the “Young Talents” are also engaged via this scholarship, to perform alongside great performers of international musical at concerts organized by Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot. Each year, a free concert of the award winners and artists of the festival is given to the public in the mythical Grande Halle de Beaune (where the wine auction is held) thanks to its partnership with the city.
This exceptional project has already dedicated eleven young French artists and nine American opera singers.
The “Young Talents” of 2018 will be accompanied by the Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra under the musical direction of David Chan during the concert of 23 June.
The winners 2018
Florian PICHLER, trumpet
Florian Pichler, born in 1995 in Gaishorn am See, Austria, received his first trumpet lessons at the age of 6 at the local music school and from his father. He completed a preparatory course at the University of Music Graz with Franz Tösch and Hans Peter Schuh (Vienna Philharmonic), before completing his studies with Hans Plank at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
In 2011, he won the First Prize in Prima la Musica Competition. He’s played with several orchestras in Vienna such as Wiener Staatsoper, Volksoper Wien, ORF and Philharmonic.
From 2014 to 2016 he was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and since January 2018 he holds the position as principal trumpet at the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra.
As a soloist, he performs in Europe and Asia regularly.
Kang WANG, tenor
Of Chinese-Australian ancestry, the tenor Kang Wang is a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Develpment Program of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, which encourages highly-talented young artists by providing specialized musical training, giving them the opportunity to attend daily rehearsals and advanced studies, and to perform on stage.
In this capacity, he sang Elvino (La Sonnambula), Narraboth (Salomé), the First Prisoner (Fidelio) and, in 2017-2018, he is Mitrane (Semiramide), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem.
For the same season he is engaged as soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the London Philharmonic and in Mendelssohn’s Elias with the San Antonio Symphony.
His repertory has been enriched by roles that he was able to sing during his training at Queensland Conservatorium in Australia, at the Opera Studio of the Theater Basel in Switzerland, and at the International Vocal Arts Institute of Virginia: Nathanaël (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), the male chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and Don José (Carmen).
His promising talents are also rewarded in operatic competitions. A finalist of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, of the McDonald Operatic Aria Competition, and of the Italian Opera Foundation Australia Scholarship, he also has won the Dame Joan Sutherland National Vocal Award and the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.
Award winners of previous editions
The Young Talents of the 2008 to 2017 editions are all following dazzling musical careers.
Award winning singers have all been invited to the greatest international scenes such as the Metropolitan in New York, the Deutsche Opera in Berlin, the Paris Opera or Covent Garden in London.
Some of the Young Talent instrumentalists, such as Pierre Génisson, Ismaël Margain and Pierre Fouchenneret, are now renowned soloists and sought-after partners in chamber music. Other instrumentalists have joined major European orchestras: Johannes Grosso is principal oboe of the Frankfurt Opera and the Bayreuth Festival, Mathilde Caldérini, the flute player, has joined the Orchestra of La Suisse Romande and Laura Jaillet, the first ever award winner of the festival, is now part of the European Union Youth Orchestra. The Trio Karénine has made a remarkable Schumann recording (with the Aparté label) thanks to the grant of Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot, has won a lot of attention and performs regularly.
Laura Jaillet, violin
The Auction at the Gala Dinner
After enjoying the closing concert of the festival, three hundred and fifty guests have the privilege of attending the gala dinner organized in the Chateau’s Great Hall (Le Grand Cellier). During this gastronomic tribute to the great wines of Burgundy there is the traditional auction of prestigious wines and works of art. All received monies are donated to the scholarship fund for Young Talents and the Fonds Instrumental. The auction is conducted by Anthony Hanson.