Musique & Vin supports Young Talents
In October 2019, we organized in New York the first evening of the American association Friends of Musique & Vin Inc. It was a real success and we had planned to repeat it in October 2020. It, of course, didn’t take place, due to the pandemic we are facing.
The board of the festival met, and nominated the four singers and four instrumentalists listed below:
Hyesang Park (soprano – young talent 2016)
Aubert de Villaine, president – Bernard Hervet, director
The winners 2020
Meigui Zhang, soprano
Soprano Meigui Zhang from Szechuan, China made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Bloody Child in Macbeth and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro in 2019-2020 Season while attending the second-year of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She made her European debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland in the summer of 2019.
Ms. Zhang made her San Francisco debut as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program in the summer of 2018 after graduating from Mannes School of Music in New York City. Also she participated in the Bel Canto at Caramoor Young Artists Program and previously she sang the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Chautauqua Institute. Ms. Zhang performed the role of Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (Asian premiere) with the Tianjin Grand Opera in China. Her other roles include Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Roméo et Juliette.
Ms. Zhang earned her master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music and completed her bachelor’s degree at Shanghai Conservatory and Sichuan Conservatory in China.
Described by the Strad Magazine for her “magical simplicity” and La Libre as a true “aristocrat” of the violin, Júlia Pusker came to international attention in her prizewinning performances at the prestigious 2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition in Brussels.
Pusker’s debut album, consisting of major works by Franz Schubert for violin and piano, will be released in 2020 by Hungaroton.
She has recently made concerto appearances with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra and London Mozart Players. She has given recitals and taken part in festivals and
masterclasses across Europe, including Besançon Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, the Holland International Music Sessions, Kronberg Academy and Santander Festival Academy. Alongside her success at the Queen Elizabeth Competition, Pusker has been a recipient of various notable prizes, such as the renowned Junior Prima Primissima Prize in Hungary, honouring the country’s finest young musicians.
Born into a family of musicians in Hungary, Júlia Pusker began her musical education at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest before moving to England to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with György Pauk, where she received her Master of Music degree with distinction in 2016. Since then, she has been working with Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, where she is Associate Artist-in-Residence.
Júlia plays a Matteo Goffriller violin from 1690, kindly on loan by the Michael Guttman Collection.
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 7, 2020 from 10am to 7pm at the Couvent des Cordeliers in Beaune, Burgundy – France.
Download the application form.
Please send your application form with a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter before March 5th
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. The “Young Talents” of 2019 will be accompanied by the Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra led by David Chan during the concert of 22 June.
This exceptional project has already dedicated 12 European instrumentalists and 10 American opera singers.
Award winners of previous editions
The Young Talents of the 2008 to 2019 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 « 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.
Orchestre des Quartiers
The Fonds Instrumental of Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot is also supporting the “Orchestre des Quartiers“, initiated by the Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra in 2010. He commissioned and bought 12 violins and 11 cellos in 2009/2010, then participated financially in the purchase of 7 trumpets and 7 trombones.
The “Orchestre des Quartiers” allows children between the ages of 8 and 12, from priority neighborhoods in Dijon Métropole, to learn for free a string or wind instrument. They have group lessons every week and orchestral sessions which result in 4 or 5 concerts a year. They can bring their instrument home in order to work.
Children can participate in this project for up to 3 years and continue this learning, if they wish, with a specialized education (music school or conservatory).
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.