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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Erykah Badu: Winner of the 2015 Ella Fitzgerald Award

Montreal, Monday, June 29, 2015The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is delighted to present the Ella Fitzgerald Award to Erykah Badu, for her extraordinary contribution to contemporary vocal jazz. The award will be presented to her by Laurent Saulnier, vice-president of programming of the Festival, and Marie Hélène Poitras, journalist and author, tonight at 11 p.m. during a press conference in the Place des Arts’ Salon vert (Green Room) after her concert in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (Événements spéciaux TD series).

Erykah Badu is the 17th winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award. The Festival created the award for its 20th anniversary in 1999, annually conferring it upon a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene.

One of the leading artists who has shaped the landscape of contemporary R&B, Erykah Badu earned the title “Queen of Neo-soul” powered by her aura and her extraordinary interpretive talents. One of the ranking artists at Motown, she has inherited a slew of soul, funk and jazz vocal influences, drawing comparisons with Billie Holiday for her timbre while also establishing herself as pioneer who knocks down genre boundaries. It is undoubtedly that gentle and voluptuous voice that has established a musical signature known for its delicacy and refinement. Discovered in 1994 by Kedar Massenburg at the SXSW festival, with a demo in hand, the singer singed with his label, which would soon partner with Motown/Universal. She made her stage debut opening shows for D’Angelo before making her own dazzling entry into the charts in 1997 with Baduizm, a first album that revamped soul music with hip-hop rhythms, jazzy inflections and a muscular groove. Propelled by hit single On & On, the album was certified triple platinum and won a pair of Grammys (Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album). Revealing herself to be as prolific as she is inspired, the singer-songwriter repeated the feat with her 2nd studio album, Mama’s Gun, in 2000, certified platinum two months after its release and dominating the R&B charts with hits Bag Lady and Green Eyes. In 2003, she continued in a more experimental vein with Worldwide Underground, launched her own label, Control FreaQ, in 2005, and landed studio album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War in 2008, followed in 2010 by Part Two: Return Of The Ankh. To complete the tableau, we point to her committed, activist side, notably as the head of non-profit group B.L.I.N.D. (Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development). This year, the famed singer visits us for the very first time in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Événements spéciaux TD series).


In accepting the prize, Erykah Badu will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners Diana Ross (2014), Holly Cole (2013), Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).


Source: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal — Press Room: 514 288-5299

Media Information:

Greg Kitzler, Director, Press relations and social media—514 288-5299; greg.kitzler@equipespectra.ca
Éric Ayotte, Publicist—514 288-5299; eric.ayotte@equipespectra.ca
Alain Des Ruisseaux, Publicist—514 288-5299; alain.desruisseaux@equipespectra.ca 
Éliane Lévesque, Publicist —514 288-5299 ; eliane.levesque@equipespectra.ca
Élise Casavant, Publicist—514 288-5299; elise.casavant@equipespectra.ca
Public Information: InfoJazz La Presse+ Line — 514 871-1881 or toll free 1 85JAZZFEST; montrealjazzfest.com

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Vic Vogel empêché de participer à son concert d’adieu

Le Festival lui rend hommage avec le Jazz Big Band, Oliver Jones, Lorraine Desmarais, Rafael Zaldivar, Geoff Lapp et autres invités spéciaux.

Montréal, le lundi 29 juin 2015 — C’est avec une grande tristesse que les organisateurs du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal ont appris que l’état de santé de Vic Vogel l’empêchait de participer à son concert d’adieu. Déjà très atteint par la maladie, le pianiste et chef d’orchestre montréalais s’est en effet vu interdire tout déplacement par son médecin et c’est le cœur déchiré qu’il a dû prendre la décision d’annuler sa présence à son concert. Néanmoins, dans le but de rendre un vibrant hommage à l’icône de notre jazz et grand ami du Festival qui a participé à 35 éditions de l’événement — un exploit unique dans les annales de tous les événements majeurs confondus ! —, le Festival a eu l’idée d’inviter tous les artistes de ce concert, le Jazz Big Band et des invités spéciaux, dont Oliver Jones, Lorraine Desmarais, Rafael Zaldivar et Geoff Lapp, à se produire pour un concert unique pour témoigner de notre affection et saluer bien bas le grand Vic. C’est donc un rendez-vous en émotions le mardi 30 juin, 20 h, toujours au Théâtre Maisonneuve de la PdA.

Toutefois, les détenteurs de billets pour ce concert qui souhaiteraient se faire rembourser peuvent se présenter au point d’achat seulement:
  • Pour les billets achetés par téléphone ou par internet : Place des Arts, 514 842-2112 ou 1 866 842-2112
  • Pour les achats effectués en personne : 175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

La 36e édition du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal se déroulera du vendredi 26 juin au dimanche 5 juillet 2015.


Source : Festival International de Jazz de Montréal — 514 288-5299

Renseignements (médias)
Greg Kitzler, directeur, Relations de presse et médias sociaux — 514 288-5299 ; greg.kitzler@equipespectra.ca
Éric Ayotte, attaché de presse — 514 288-5299 ; eric.ayotte@equipespectra.ca
Alain Des Ruisseaux, attaché de presse — 514 288-5299 ; alain.desruisseaux@equipespectra.ca 
Éliane Lévesque, attachée de presse — 514
Élise Casavant, attachée de presse — 514 288-5299 ; elise.casavant@equipespectra.ca 
Renseignements (public) : Ligne Info-Jazz La Presse+ — 514 871-1881 ou sans frais 1 85JAZZFEST ; montrealjazzfest.com


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Vic Vogel Unable to Appear in his Farewell Concert

The Festival will pay tribute to him with the Jazz Big Band, Oliver Jones, Lorraine Desmarais, Rafael Zaldivar, Geoff Lapp and other special guests.

Montreal, Monday, June 29, 2015 — Organizers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal are saddened to learn that Vic Vogel’s current health status will preclude him from participating in his farewell concert. The Montreal pianist and bandleader is ill and has been ordered by his doctor to avoid any strenuous activity; it is therefore with a heavy heart that he has been compelled to pull out of the concert. Nevertheless, in order to pay tribute to a Quebec jazz legend and great friend of the Festival who has performed at 35 editions—a unique exploit in the annals of any major event!—the Festival has decided to invite all the artists scheduled to participate in the concert—the Jazz Big Band with special guests, including Oliver Jones, Lorraine Desmarais, Rafael Zaldivar and Geoff Lapp—to assemble for a unique show as a testament of our affection and to salute the great Vic. Join us for a very emotional evening on Tuesday, June 30, 8 p.m., in Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA as scheduled.

However, ticketholders who want refunds may obtain them exclusively at point of purchase:

  • For tickets purchased by telephone or Internet: Place des Arts, 514 842-2112
  • For tickets purchased in person: 175 Saint Catherine West
The 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, July 5, 2015.



Source: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal — Press Room: 514 288-5299

Media Information:
Greg Kitzler, Director, Press relations and social media—514
Éric Ayotte, Publicist—514
Alain Des Ruisseaux, Publicist—514 288-5299; alain.desruisseaux@equipespectra.ca
Éliane Lévesque, Publicist —514 288-5299 ; eliane.levesque@equipespectra.ca
Élise Casavant, Publicist—514 288-5299; elise.casavant@equipespectra.ca
Public Information: InfoJazz La Presse+ Line — 514 871-1881 or toll free 1 85JAZZFEST; montrealjazzfest.com

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Timothy Vernon nommé directeur artistique d’Opéra Lyra : Le chef d’orchestre de renom entre en fonction immédiatement

« Timothy Vernon apportera au public de la capitale nationale toute une vie de succès en opéra lyrique. Ses innovations et ses spectacles d’exception lui ont valu des ovations partout au Canada et dans le monde entier. Quel tour de force musical pour nous tous! » – Victor Rabinovitch

Victor Rabinovitch, le président du conseil d'administration d’Opéra Lyra, et John Peter Jeffries, le directeur général d’Opéra Lyra, a annoncé aujourd'hui la nomination de Timothy Vernon au poste de directeur artistique d’Opéra Lyra. Cette nomination prend effet immédiatement, pour la saison 2015-2016. Le maestro Vernon est une des figures de proue de la scène lyrique canadienne et il apporte à Opéra Lyra une nouvelle vision artistique captivante pour l'avenir de l'art lyrique à Ottawa.

« Je suis entièrement dévoué à Opéra Lyra. En tant que chef d’orchestre, je suis très enthousiaste de travailler avec l'orchestre du Centre national des Arts, ce glorieux orchestre. En tant que directeur artistique, je suis impatient de nourrir l’imaginaire de la capitale canadienne d’opéras audacieux ». – Timothy Vernon

Lors de sa première apparition en tant que directeur artistique, Timothy Vernon participera à la fête champêtre annuelle d’Opéra Lyra qui se tiendra à la résidence de l’ambassadeur d'Italie au Canada, Son Excellence Gian Lorenzo Cornado, le mardi 7 juillet 2015, à 18 h. Il continuera à exercer ses fonctions de directeur artistique du Pacific Victoria Opera, où il a monté et dirigé bon nombre des plus de 105 spectacles que la compagnie a mis en scène depuis sa création.

« La capitale mérite certainement une compagnie d’opéra d’intérêt suprarégional; je suis absolument ravi d'avoir l'occasion de mettre en pratique les expériences que j'ai pu tirer de la création d'une compagnie – et d'une communauté autour d’elle. La Région de la Capitale est un milieu tellement prometteur et de potentiel », indique le maestro Vernon en contemplant le nouveau défi qui l'attend. « Je crois qu’Opéra Lyra est le refuge naturel et la vitrine pour les Canadiennes et les Canadiens de talent dans toutes les dimensions du spectacle lyrique. J’ai hâte d’œuvrer à l’élargissement du cercle des amateurs d’opéra qui croient fermement que nos arts ont un rôle vital à jouer pour promouvoir une société dynamique, créative, tournée vers l'avenir et, en définitive, humaine et qui veulent qu’Opéra Lyra reste un élément essentiel de notre vie culturelle. »

Timothy Vernon montera sur scène à Ottawa pour diriger le deuxième grand opéra de la saison 2015‑2016 d’Opéra Lyra, Fidelio (du 19 au 26 mars). « Fidelio est l’une de mes œuvres préférées. Cette histoire visionnaire de Beethoven dégage une ambiance incroyable. Elle réjouit le cœur et l’esprit en nous unissant à une célébration universelle et surtout, intemporelle ». La 31e saison d’Opéra Lyra débute le 26 septembre avec Le Barbier de Seville. En octobre, la compagnie présente deux nouveaux opéras de jeunes compositeurs canadiens, Etiquette et Regina, en collaboration avec l’Essential Opera de Toronto. La saison se termine par une œuvre délicieuse, L’Isola disabitata de Haydn, mettant en vedette les membres de Studio Opéra Lyra et les Thirteen Strings d’Ottawa, sous la baguette de Kevin Mallon.

« Le Centre national des Arts a été heureux de participer au processus de concours rigoureux qui a attiré de nombreuses candidatures de calibre. Nous sommes ravis que Timothy Vernon, qui a une expertise en matière d'art lyrique et des qualités d'un leader remarquables, ait accepté le poste. » – Christopher Deacon

Le maestro Vernon a été sélectionné au terme d’intenses recherches à l'international et après l'examen des candidatures d’artistes de talent provenant de tout le Canada et de l’étranger. Le comité du concours était présidé par le directeur général, John Peter Jeffries, et comptait trois membres du conseil d'administration d’Opéra Lyra, à savoir Victor Rabinovitch et les administrateurs John Coleman et Mary Frances Taylor, ainsi que deux personnalités en vue du milieu de la musique à Ottawa : le directeur administratif de l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts, Christopher Deacon, et le chef d'orchestre et directeur musical de l'Orchestre symphonique d’Ottawa, David Currie.  « Opéra Lyra remercie son directeur artistique par intérim, Kevin Mallon, qui a posé les jalons de la saison 2015-2016 d’Opéra Lyra et qui a apporté d’intéressantes productions artistiques à la compagnie. Il a pris des initiatives importantes, » indique John Peter Jeffries. 


Biographie : Timothy Vernon

Timothy Vernon est considéré comme un des plus grands chefs d'orchestre au Canada, salué pour son engagement et sa vision pour l'excellence de l’opéra dans ce pays. En sa qualité de directeur artistique fondateur du Pacific Opera Victoria, le maestro Vernon a dirigé la plupart de ses plus de 105 mises en scène de 70 œuvres, un répertoire qui s’étend de Handel à Berg et à Britten en passant par Mozart, Verdi, Puccini et Wagner. Il a dirigé des spectacles pour Opéra Lyra (La Flûte enchantée et Faust), l’Opéra de Montréal, l’Edmonton Opera, le Calgary Opera et l’Opéra de Québec, parmi d'autres. En concert, le maestro Vernon a dirigé en qualité de chef invité certains des meilleurs orchestres du Canada : le Vancouver Symphony, l’Edmonton Symphony, l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, le Calgary Philharmonic, le Toronto Symphony et l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts, pour un concert de gala qui a été diffusé par CBC et filmé en vue d’une distribution mondiale.

Pédagogue dévoué, le maestro Vernon a été directeur artistique du Courtenay Youth Music Centre et professeur à l’Université McGill, où il a dirigé le McGill Symphony, l’emmenant au Centre national des Arts, au Grand Théâtre de Québec, à la Place des Arts à Montréal, au Lincoln Center et au Carnegie Hall. Un cycle pluriannuel des œuvres de Gustav Mahler a été particulièrement acclamé et l'enregistrement public chez Polygram de la Symphonie en fa dièse majeur de Korngold par l'orchestre au Carnegie Hall a obtenu une nomination aux prix Juno.

En février 2008, M. Vernon a reçu l'Ordre du Canada en reconnaissance de sa contribution au développement de l’opéra professionnel au Canada et de son dévouement envers les jeunes musiciens. Il a également reçu le prestigieux prix Ruby d’Opéra Canada, la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II et un doctorat honoris causa de l’Université Royal Roads en reconnaissance de son leadership solide et de ses contributions à la scène culturelle canadienne. Plus d’information au sujet de Timothy Vernon [en anglais seulement]



Historique : Opéra Lyra

Fondé en 1984 par la soprano Diana Gilchrist, Opéra Lyra est aujourd'hui un des plus grands organismes indépendants voués aux arts de la scène dans la région de la capitale nationale. Cette compagnie d’opéra régionale très respectée s'est forgé une solide réputation en faisant connaître de jeunes chanteurs canadiens, dont beaucoup ont ensuite eu une brillante carrière sur la scène lyrique internationale. Opéra Lyra a également un large éventail de programmes éducatifs et d’approche communautaire et, en 2005, il a créé le programme Studio Opéra, qui offre aux chanteurs canadiens qui aspirent à une carrière artistique un mélange d'enseignement professionnel intensif et d’expérience pratique sur scène. Après sa quasi-disparition en 2011 quand une accumulation d’engagements financiers a menacé de mettre un terme à ses activités, la compagnie poursuit sa reconstruction sous la gestion prudente du gestionnaire chevronné d’opéra John Peter (Jeep) Jeffries, du nouveau président de son conseil d'administration, Victor Rabinovitch, ainsi que d'un conseil d'administration et d'un personnel dévoués et enthousiastes. Alors qu’Opéra Lyra arrive au terme de la troisième décennie de son existence, il a derrière lui de nombreuses réalisations dont Ottawa a tout lieu d’être fière et devant lui la promesse d'autres succès non moins nombreux. Plus d’information au sujet d’Opéra Lyra et de la fête champêtre


Sheilagh D'Arcy McGee
Media Relations/Relations avec la Presse
Opera Lyra Ottawa/l’Opéra Lyra d’OttawaE-mail/Courriel: smcgee@operalyra.caTel./Tél: 819-918-7443 

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Timothy Vernon New Artistic Director of Opera Lyra: Renowned conductor begins immediately

Timothy Vernon will bring a lifetime of opera success to audiences in the National Capital. His outstanding productions and innovations have won ovations across Canada and the world. What a musical coup for all of us!”  - Victor Rabinovitch

Victor Rabinovitch, Chair of the Board of Opera Lyra, and John Peter Jeffries, General Director of Opera Lyra, announced today that Timothy Vernon has been appointed new Artistic Director of Opera Lyra, starting immediately with the 2015-2016 season. Maestro Vernon is one of the leading figures of the Canadian operatic scene and brings to Opera Lyra an exciting new artistic vision for the future of the art form in Ottawa.

“I am fully committed to Opera Lyra. As a conductor, I am very excited to work with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, that glorious orchestra.  As Artistic Director, I can’t wait to present opera with guts and imagination to Canada’s Capital.” – Timothy Vernon

In his first appearance as Artistic Director, Timothy Vernon will attend Opera Lyra’s annual Garden Party hosted by His Excellency Gian Lorenzo Cornado, the Italian Ambassador to Canada at his residence on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6 pm. Vernon will continue to maintain his position as Artistic Director at Pacific Opera Victoria, where he has assembled and led many of its more than 105 productions since the company's inception.

 “Our capital city certainly deserves an opera company that extends beyond regional interest; I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to apply what I may have learned about building a company - and a community around it - in a milieu so full of promise and potential,” said Vernon about his new challenge. “I believe Opera Lyra to be a natural home and showcase for talented Canadians in every aspect of opera production. I look forward eagerly to working to expand the circle of opera-lovers who believe strongly in the vital role our arts have to play in fostering a vibrant, creative, forward-looking and finally humane society, and who want to ensure that Opera Lyra remains a key player in our cultural life.”

Timothy Vernon will take the podium in Ottawa when he conducts Opera Lyra’s second major opera of the 2015-2016 season Fidelio (March 19-26). “Fidelio is a favourite of mine. It Is Beethoven’s visionary piece and full of incredible atmosphere.  It lifts your heart and spirits.  The story is celebratory, it’s universal. It’s not necessary to set it in any period.”Opera Lyra’s 31st season opens with The Barber of Seville on September 26. In October the company presents two new operas by young Canadian composers, Etiquette and Regina, in collaboration with Toronto’s Essential Opera. The season closes with Haydn’s charmingL’Isola disabitata featuring the Opera Lyra Studio members along with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, conducted by Kevin Mallon.

The National Arts Centre was pleased to participate in the rigorous search process which attracted a strong field of candidates.  We are delighted that Timothy Vernon, with his remarkable leadership skills and opera expertise, has accepted the post.”- Christopher Deacon

Maestro Vernon was selected following an extensive international search that considered applications from talented artists from across Canada and beyond.  The Search Committee was chaired by General Director, John Peter Jeffries, and included three members of the Opera Lyra Board, Victor Rabinovitch and Directors John Coleman and Mary Frances Taylor, as well as two prominent members of the Ottawa musical community:  Managing Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Christopher Deacon and Conductor and Music Director of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra David Currie.  “Opera Lyra is grateful to Interim Artistic Director Kevin Mallon who laid much of the ground work for Opera Lyra's 2015-16 season and brought the company interesting new artistic endeavours.  He's opened many doors.” said John Peter Jeffries.

 Biography: Timothy Vernon

Timothy Vernon is considered one of Canada’s most prominent conductors, praised for his commitment to and vision of opera excellence in this country. As the founding Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria, Maestro Vernon has led most of its more than 105 productions of 70 works - a repertoire that ranges from Handel to Berg and Britten, including Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Wagner. He has led productions for Opera Lyra (Die Zauberflöte and Faust), l’Opéra de Montréal, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Opéra de Québec, among others. Also active on the concert stage, Maestro Vernon is a welcome guest conductor for some of Canada’s finest orchestras:  Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra for a Gala concert that was broadcast on CBC and filmed for worldwide distribution.

A dedicated pedagogue, Maestro Vernon served as artistic director of the Courtenay Youth Music Centre and was professor at McGill University where he conducted the McGill Symphony taking it to the National Arts Centre, Le Grand Théâtre de Québec, Montréal’s Place des Arts, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. A multi-year cycle of Gustav Mahler's works was particularly acclaimed, and the orchestra’s live Carnegie recording of Korngold’s Symphony in F-sharp (Polygram label) earned a JUNO nomination.

In February 2008, Vernon was presented with the Order of Canada in recognition of his work in expanding professional opera in Canada and his commitment to young musicians. Vernon is also a recipient of Opera Canada’s prestigious Ruby Award, Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and an honorary degree from Royal Roads University in recognition of his strong leadership in and contributions to Canada's cultural scene. More information on Timothy Vernon

Background: Opera Lyra


Founded in 1984 by soprano Diana Gilchrist, Opera Lyra has developed into one of the largest independent performing arts organizations in the National Capital Region, and a highly respected regional opera company with a strong reputation for showcasing young Canadian singers, many of whom have gone on to make major careers on the international opera stage.  Opera Lyra also has a wide range of educational and community outreach programs and in 2005 created the Opera Studio Program, offering aspiring Canadian singers a blend of intensive professional instruction and practical performance experience.  Following its near-demise in 2011 when accumulated financial commitments threatened to hinder the company’s operations, the company continues to rebuild itself under the careful management of veteran opera manager John Peter (Jeep) Jeffries new Chair Victor Rabinovitch, a dedicated and enthusiastic board of directors and staff.  As Opera Lyra nears the conclusion of its third decade, there are many past accomplishments of which Ottawa can be justly proud and the promises of many more to look forward to. More information on Opera Lyra and the Garden Party.


Contact Information


Sheilagh D'Arcy McGee
Media Relations/Relations avec la Presse
Opera Lyra Ottawa/l’Opéra Lyra d’OttawaE-mail/Courriel: smcgee@operalyra.caTel./Tél: 819-918-7443 

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Cully Classique signe une très belle 12e édition

Grâce à une programmation de qualité et une météo des plus estivales, Cully Classique signe une magnifique édition 2015 et continue son essor. Rendez-vous l’année prochaine du 24 juin au 3 juillet. 

La 12e édition du Festival Cully Classique s’est terminée hier soir avec le concert de la pianiste valaisanne Béatrice Berrut. Pendant 10 jours, le Festival a réuni plus de 7000 personnes autour de 22 concerts payants, près de 30 concerts gratuits, ainsi que de nombreuses autres activités. Au total, ce sont près de 130 artistes et près de 150 membres du staff qui ont participé à cette 12e édition placée sous la thématique « Impromptu ». Près de 700 nuitées ont été offertes par les habitants de la région.


Le Festival continue son essor

Grâce à sa programmation exigeante et qualitative, mais aussi à son ambiance conviviale et éclectique, Cully Classique continue de séduire un public toujours plus enthousiaste et plus nombreux. Cette année, les concerts payants enregistrent ainsi une hausse de fréquentation de 7%. 8 concerts ont affiché complet et les recettes de billetterie ont augmenté de près de 10%. Le Festival a réuni un public toujours plus fidèle et régulier, qui s’incarne par une nette hausse des ventes d’abonnements par rapport aux éditions précédentes. Témoins du succès grandissant du Festival‘OFF, la scène du bord du lac et les bars enregistrent cette année une fréquentation record.


10 jours de concerts et de rencontres inoubliables

Cette année encore, Cully Classique a su réunir têtes d’affiche et musiciens en devenir autour de quatre séries de concerts. Parmi les instants mémorables de cette 12e édition, le concert de Piotr Anderszewski et celui de Marielle et Katia Labèque lors du premier week-end du Festival. Autre moment de grâce de cette 12e édition, le récital exceptionnel donné par Nikolai Lugansky le samedi 27 juin au Temple. Jeudi 25 juin, la jeune pianiste géorgienne Tamar Beraia a subjugé le public de Notre-Dame lors d’un concert Nocturne entièrement éclairé à la bougie. Destinée à promouvoir les jeunes musiciens de talent, la série Découvertes a rencontré, cette année encore, un immense succès auprès du public. Attribué pour la première fois en 2014, le « Coup de cœur Piguet Galland » est décerné cette année à la violoncelliste Astrig Siranossian avec à la clé un enregistrement chez Claves Records ainsi que plusieurs concerts en Suisse, dont une réinvitation lors de l’édition 2016 du Festival.


Festival’OFF et jeune public

Des Préludes classiques à la folk de Billie Bird, en passant par le cabaret expressionniste du Cirque des Mirages, le Festival’OFF a ravi le public avec près de 30 concerts gratuits sur la scène du bord du lac. Pour sa deuxième édition, le Carrefour des étudiants s’est démarqué grâce à ses flash-conférences et ses activités artistiques pluridisciplinaires organisées autour de la thématique « Impromptu ». Cette année encore, l’émission Cully Plage a été diffusée en direct du Festival du mardi au vendredi de 18h à 19h sur Espace 2. Piotr Anderszewski, Adam Laloum, Mauro Peter, Henri Demarquette, Fabrizio Chiovetta et de nombreux autres artistes sont venus au micro de Charles Sigel. La Journée des familles a réuni plus de 50 musiciens en herbe et ravi petits et grands.


Fenêtre sur 2016

La 13e édition de la manifestation aura lieu du 24 juin au 3 juillet 2016 et visera à consolider l’ancrage régional du Festival.

Placée sous la thématique « Limited », elle sera dédiée aux œuvres de références issues de privations financières, physiques ou intellectuelles. Créées dans un contexte de restriction ou de manque, ces œuvres vont droit à l’essentiel et marquent par leur intensité et leur intégrité.

Le Festival Cully Classique tient à remercier tous ceux qui lui ont fait confiance : son partenaire principal la Banque Piguet Galland, ainsi que ses autres partenaires et fournisseurs, son public, ses collaborateurs, ses bénévoles et ses logeurs.


Contact Presse

Hélène Brunet, Attachée de presse +41 78 883 69 03
Cully Classique +41 21 311 02 29
Rue du Temple 23, CP 105 presse@cullyclassique.ch

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Winners Announced for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival


Fort Worth, Texas, June 28, 2015—At the end of seven days of inspiring performances from 23 young, elite pianists from all over the world, Jon Nakamatsu, chairman of the jury for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (June 21-28, 2015), at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, announced the winners on Sunday night from the Ed Landreth Auditorium stage.


  • The First Prize winner is Alim Beisembayev, 17, Kazakhstan.
  • The Second Prize Winner is Arsenii Mun, 16, Russia.
  • The Third Prize Winner is Youlan Ji, 16, China.

Alim Beisembayev
, the First Prize winner, will receive a cash award of $10,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship.

Arsenii Mun, the Second Prize winner, will receive a cash award of $5,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship.

Youlan Ji, the Third Prize winner, will receive a cash award of $2,500 cash plus $2,000 scholarship.

The $2,000 scholarship is related to furthering musical advancement. If one or any of the top three prizewinners does not make a suitable proposal for the use of the scholarship money within one year of the Competition, that winner forfeits this portion of the prize, at the discretion of the president and CEO of the Cliburn.

Top prizes will also include community residency and mentorship opportunities with the Cliburn.


Special Awards 

Competitors who did not advance to the Final Round were eligible for Special Awards.

The Award for Best Performance of a Classical Sonata, with a cash prize of $500, was awarded to Misha Galant, 17, United States.


The Award for Best Performance of a Lyrical Work, with a cash prize of $500, was awarded to Adam Balogh, 17, Hungary.

Two Jury Discretionary Awards, with a cash prize of $1,000 each, goes to Clayton Stephenson, 16, United States, and Tony Yike Yang, 16, Canada.

The Audience Award winner, Misha Galant, 17, United States, will receive a cash award of $1,000.

During the Final Round, each of the three pianists performed a full concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestra Mei-Ann Chen. The pianists were able to choose any work scored for symphony orchestra and piano. Their choice was subject to approval by the Cliburn and conductor. Orchestra performances of the Final Round will be available online, and on demand for one year.

The jury also awarded $1,000 each to the three semifinalists: Yukine Kuroki, 16 (Japan), Wei Luo, 16 (China), and Evelyn Mo, 16 (United States).

For downloadable press photos of the winners, performance images, and behind-the-scenes shots, click here.


WINNERS’ BIOS


ABOUT MEI-ANN CHEN, conductor


An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm, and high-level music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. In recognition of these accomplishments, the League of American Orchestras granted her the prestigious Helen M. Thompson Award at its 2012 national conference in Dallas.

An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm, and high-level music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. In recognition of these accomplishments, the League of American Orchestras granted her the prestigious Helen M. Thompson Award at its 2012 national conference in Dallas.

A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally. Among her North American credits are engagements with the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. Overseas, she has been engaged to guest-conduct the BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Austria’s Gross OrchesterGraz, Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony, Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony. U.S. summer music festival credits include the Aspen, Britt, Grand Teton, Wintergreen, the Chautauqua Institute, and Texas Music Festivals.

Ms. Chen’s skill on the podium and as a music educator has been recognized with several honors and awards. In 2005, she became the first woman to win Copenhagen’s esteemed Malko Competition. In 2002, she was unanimously selected as music director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and a model for many youth orchestras in the United States. During her five-year tenure with the orchestra, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was also the recipient of a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education.


ABOUT THE FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Since its beginnings in 1912, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has been an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and the very foundation of Fort Worth’s performing arts. Today, the FWSO is one of the most successful orchestras in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 250,000 adults and children from all walks of life. Now in its 15th season, Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has transformed the FWSO into an ensemble that is recognized and admired the world over for its artistic excellence and commitment to community engagement.

As the principal resident company of the acoustically superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the orchestra performs a broad range of symphonic and pops concerts and is admired nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations including the Fort Worth Opera, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Children’s Education Program of Bass Performance Hall, and various local professional choruses. The orchestra’s annual summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festivals of its kind in Texas, attracting an annual audience of nearly 45,000.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is also a national leader in music education. Adventures in Music, the orchestra’s education and outreach program, inspires, educates and entertains more than 65,000 children through more than 100 engaging programs each year in Fort Worth and across the state of Texas.


ABOUT THE FIRST JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL

The First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival for 13 to 17-year-old pianists, took place June 21–28, 2015, in Ed Landreth Auditorium and PepsiCo Hall on the campus of TCU, and welcomed 23 of the world's finest young pianists to Texas. The competitors hailed from all over the world, representing 13 countries: the United States (9), China (5), Canada, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Tajikistan. A selection committee chose the competitors from an impressive applicant pool of 160 young pianists, through online applications and video submissions of 15 to 20 minutes. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performed with each of three finalists under the baton of dynamic conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Competition performances were open to the public, were webcast live at Cliburn.org, and are available on demand. For a complete listing, biographies, and repertoire, please visit: http://www.cliburn.org/competitions/junior-competition/competitors/.

JURY: 1997 Cliburn Gold Medalist, in-demand touring artist, and esteemed adjudicator Jon Nakamatsu (United States) served as chairman of the jury. Other jury members included: Lydia Artymiw (United States), Christopher Elton (United Kingdom), Mari Kodama (Japan), John Kimura Parker (Canada), Orli Shaham (Israel/United States), and Blanca Uribe (Colombia).

TICKETS: Seating for all concerts was general admission. Complete Competition subscriptions were $110. Tickets to individual concerts were: free for the Preliminaries; $10 for the Quarterfinals; $20 for the Semifinals; and $40 for the Finals. 

WEBCAST: Available at Cliburn.org, the webcast brought the Competition to life around the world in real time with hours of live broadcasts of performances, interview segments, and awards ceremonies over the 8-day period. All performances and videos are available on demand. Piano duo Anderson & Roe served as webcast hosts for the first time ever. They provided competitor information and Competition commentary, and conducted interviews to provide behind-the-scenes insight. 



ABOUT THE CLIBURN 

The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” (Dallas Morning News) and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists, age 18 to 30 (fifteenth edition: May 25–June 10, 2017). It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully-produced webcasts and by providing commission-free, comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival for exceptional 13 to 17-year-old pianists (inaugural edition: June 21–28, 2015) and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older (seventh edition: June 19–25, 2016).

Over a four-year cycle, the Cliburn contributes to North Texas’ cultural landscape with over 170 classical music performances for 150,000 attendees, through competitions, free community concerts, and its signature Cliburn Concerts series at Bass Performance Hall, the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It presents 1,000 in-school, interactive music education programs for 200,000 area elementary students. During the same time period, it garners the world’s attention with over one million visits from 155 nations for live concert and competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 5,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations; and PBS documentary, Virtuosity, the story of the Fourteenth Cliburn Competition, which will air nationally on July 31, 2015, at 9 p.m. ET, in a potential 105 million households.

Detailed information about the Cliburn and its programs is available at Cliburn.org.


Corporate and Foundation Sponsors of the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival are:

Alcon
BNSF Railway Foundation
Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee
Fifth Avenue Foundation
Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum
Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation
The Frill Foundation
GWR Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas
The Garvey Texas Foundation
Jill and Charles Fischer Foundation
Martha V. Leonard Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas
Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation
National Endowment for the Arts
Northern Trust
Pier 1 Imports
Pinnacle Bank 
Qurumbli Foundation
Texas Commission on the Arts
The Ryan Foundation
Tarrant Technology
William E. Scott Foundation

Exclusive Print Media Sponsor:
Star-Telegram

Official Piano:
Steinway & Sons – North Texas / Houston

Official Sponsors of the Cliburn:
Amon G. Carter Foundation
Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee
Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County
BNSF Railway Foundation
Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust
ExxonMobil / XTO Energy
Jane and John Justin Foundation
Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation
The Pangburn Foundation, J.P. Morgan, trustee
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Steinway & Sons – North Texas / Houston
The Burnett Foundation

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