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.

Auditions 2024 - Your turn to play

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.

For the 2024 auditions, the Instrumental Fund will provide 9 instruments for a period of 1 to 3 years:

  • a violin by Nicolas CAUSSIN (18th century – école française)
  • a Tyrolean violin (18th century “Testore” model)
  • a violin by Charles COQUET
  • a violin by Gunther SIEFERT
  • a viola by Charles COQUET (40 cm)
  • a viola by Charles COQUET (43 cm – copy of Gérard Caussé’s Gasparo da Salo)
  • a viola by Claude MACABREY (40.5 cm – Guarneri model)
  • a cello by Gunther SIEFERT
  • a cello by Roland HOUEL (Gofriller copy)

The next auditions for the loan of instruments from the Instrumental Fund will take place on Monday April 22, 2024 in Beaune. The application form can be downloaded here

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 Sotheby’s

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