Victor Julien-Laferrière

Musician

Born in Paris in 1990, Victor Julien-Laferrière started to play cello with René Benedetti, then he studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris with Roland Pidoux, and became in 2009 student of Heinrich Schiff at the University of Vienna. At the same time, he joined from 2005 to 2011 the International Music Academy Switzerland of Seiji Ozawa. Victor Julien-Laferrière won the 1st prize and the two special prizes of Prague Spring International Music Competition 2012, playing the Dvořák’s concerto in the final. After this success, he played in concert with the Radio France philharmonic orchestra at the Spring Festival of Prague, with the State Hermitage Orchestra at the Olympus Festival of St Petersburg, with the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra at the Central European Music Festival and he performed Dvořák’s and Elgar’s concertos with different Czech orchestras. Furthermore, he was guest of the Louvre museum auditorium, the Cité de la musique and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Sommets Musicaux of Gstaad, the Opéra de Dijon, the Festivals of Kuhmo (Finland), Berne, Besançon, Deauville, the Orangerie of Sceau, the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil, the Festival d'Epau, the Autunno Musicale of Caserta (Italy), the EuroArt of Prague, the Ticino Musica of Lugano. He played with Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, David Grimal, Christian Ivaldi, Alain Planès and many more musicians, and participated to several programmes for France Musique, Mezzo TV, Radio Classique, BBC in London.

He created with Adam Laloum and Mi-Sa Yang the piano trio named Les Esprits, recently performing at the Folle Journée of Nantes, at the Festivals of Deauville and Menton, at the Criée of Marseille, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s triple concerto at the Salle Gaveau and at the Invalides of Paris.

Victor Julien-Laferrière, supported by the Fonds Instrumental Français, was a laureate of the Groupe Banque populaire foundation, and has been awarded with the prizes of the foundation Safran pour la musique in 2013 and the Oulmont foundation in 2012. He was one of the nominees at the Victoires de la musique classique 2013 in the “Instrumental Soloist revelation” category.

The first album of the trio was released by Mirare and had a great success. The Les Esprits trio is on residence at the Singer-Polignac foundation.

An album dedicated to Leos Janáček, recorded in Deauville in 2014, was released by B Records.