2017's edition took place on June 11 and 12th in Nantes and Angers. The 1st Prize and the Audience Prize has been awarded to Le Taylor Consort, the 2nd Prize to l'Apothéose.
« Sonate, que me veux-tu ? »
(B. Le Bouyer de Fontenelle, 1657-1757)
The selected ensembles :
Artificiosa, 4 musicians, France
Duo Accorda, 2 musicians, Germany
Falbalà, 5 musicians, Germany
La Barque de Charon, 3 musicians, France
L'Apothéose, 4 musicians, Spain
L’Archivolte, 5 musicians, France
Le Jeu des Lumières, 3 musicians, Poland
Les Contre-Sujets, 3 musicians, France
Les Fous Divertissants, 8 musicians, France
Matís, 6 musicians, Switzerland
The Beggar’s Ensemble, 3 musicians, France
Taylor Consort, 4 musicians, France
The Counterpoints, 4 musicians, Netherlands
President of the Jury harpsichordist, director and founder of Les Arts Florissants
violonist and director of Stradivaria, Ensemble Baroque de Nantes
flautist, director of Arion Orchestre Baroque (Montréal)
journalist at Classica, Les Echos and France Musique
director of the Festival and the public founded scene of Sablé
organist at Grandes Orgues of Anger's Cathedral
1st Prize and the Audience Prize : Le Taylor Consort
Le Consort is a unique chamber music ensemble bringing together four young musicians who interpret the trio sonata repertoire with enthusiasm, sincerity, and modernity. From Corelli to Vivaldi, from Purcell to Couperin, the dialogue between the two violins and the basso continuo displays rich contrasts between vocal qualities, sensuality, and virtuosity. Le Consort takes possession of the genre, which represents the quintessence of Baroque chamber music, and gives it personal, dynamic, and colourful interpretations.
For this coming season, Le Consort will be in residence at la Banque de France as well as at l’Abbaye de Royaumont. In June 2017, Le Consort won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, whose jury president is William Christie. The ensemble has played in Paris (Salle Cortot, the Louvre Auditorium), at the Dijon Opera, at the Easter Festival in Deauville, at the Arsenal in Metz, at the MA Festival in Bruges, at the Sablé Festival, at the Pau Casals Foundation, at deSingel in Antwerp, at the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Kraków, among many other venues. The ensemble has also often been featured on the France 3 television network, as well as on the France Musique and Radio Classique national radio stations. Le Consort works regularly with internationally famous musicians such as William Christie, Mathias Vidal, and Véronique Gens. The ensemble is in residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation.
More information on their website
2nd Prize : L'Apothéose
From the classrooms of a Conservatory to winning a dozen of high profile international prizes and becoming artists in residence of the biggest classical music institution in Spain in less than 4 years. That is the unique story of L’Apothéose. The Spanish baroque ensemble has become the newest reference in historicist interpretation in the European music scene.
With its expertise and enthusiasm, L’Apothéose gives a personal touch to each piece they work on, focusing the process on fully exploiting the rhetorical and emotional content of every musical work. Thanks to these finely crafted interpretations, L'Apothéose has been acclaimed by public and critics, being awarded in every single competition they have participated. Faithful to the values of quality and authenticity, the four members of L’Apothéose focus their work both in the recovery of the Spanish repertoire and the exploration of a new discourse of well-known international composers, with special attention to German authors, like Händel, Telemann and J.S.Bach