The competition

Created in 2015 by Stradivaria - Ensemble baroque de Nantes and Anacréon, programmer at Angers, the International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley is a biennial competition dedicated to instrumental ensembles, performing 17th and 18th centuries' repertoire on period instruments. Its aim is to promote ensembles of young musicians who specialise in this particular repertoire.

At the invitation of Daniel Cuiller, Artistic Director at Stradivaria - Ensemble baroque de Nantes, every year, international and French personalities recognized on the early music scene figure among the jury. Programmers, researchers, directors of early music departments, artists, journalists... Up to now, William Christie, Founder and Artistic Director of Les Arts Florissants chairs the jury.

Supported from its first edition in 2015 by the Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire, the City of Nantes and the City of Angers, this unique event in France takes place at the Cité des Congrès de Nantes and at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud.

This competition aims at young musicians under 30 years old. It attracts by its unique educational goal allowing young musicians to be spotted, to start a career, and engage a new audience. The competition ambition is to become a tool to facilitate exchange and knowledge transmission between generations.

Stradivaria and Anacréon wish to create a springboard dedicated to instrumental music only, excluding any vocal practice, thus guaranteeing its singularity.

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Ensemble Baroque de Nantes

Driven by the desire to revive the music of the greatest Baroque composers, Daniel Cuiller created Stradivaria in 1987. Before this, he had already achieved great success, enjoying a first-rate reputation at both national and international level.

Stradivaria is mainly a string ensemble, but its size changes according to the works being performed. Stradivaria players are driven by the same desire as their conductor: to revive the style, phrasing, ornamentations and tones of Baroque music in the most appropriate way in order to faithfully reconstruct the sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Anacréon is an organization created in 1990 to promote early music and young early music ensembles

Since their creation, they have organized early music concerts in Angers and its surroundings, encouraging young unknown, but talented, ensembles to perform. They may become the next generation of very famous musicians.

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