February 03, 2015

Erato sweeps the Victoires de la Musique awards in France

Three major prizes for the label’s outstanding artists, including Instrumentalist and Opera Singer of the Year.

Three of Erato’s exclusive artists triumphed last night in the 2015 Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the Grammys.

Young cellist Edgar Moreau was named Solo Instrumentalist of the Year from a selection of nominees including pianist Nelson Freire. Though not yet 21 years old, it is his second award in the Victoires following the ‘Revelation’ of the Year in 2013. Moreau’s debut album Play presents a pot pourri of encores and stunning lyrical pieces for the cello.

Sabine Devieilhe was crowned Opera Singer of the Year. The French coloratura soprano’s debut album, Le Grand Théâtre de l’Amour, was one of the most acclaimed releases of the Rameau jubilee in 2014, for which she received a Diapason d’Or (Best Baroque Vocal Album) and an ECHO Klassik Award (Best Newcomer). Devieilhe was Opera Discovery of the Year in the 20th edition of the Victoires in 2013.

Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau claimed the award for Instrumental ‘Revelation’ of the Year. The 23-year-old has just released his debut album Imagine, a collection of Bach solo works including the tour-de-force Chaconne in D Minor and the Italian Concerto. “This isn’t my victory, it’s a victory for the harpsichord,” he said at last night’s awards presentation, where he also performed live with Le Concert d’Astrée and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm.

The winners were announced on Monday 2 February at the Nouveau Siècle concert hall in Lille, broadcast live on France 3 television and France Musique radio. Erato artists reigned supreme in three out of six categories, as well as dominating the awards ceremony on stage, with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, the Ebène Quartet, pianist Bertrand Chamayou (also nominated), Moreau and Rondeau among the special guests performing.

This year’s Victoires de la Musique Classique represents a major milestone for Erato following its ‘Label of the Year’ accolade in the 2014 Classica Choc de l’Année Awards. It is also a triumph for a new generation of young classical artists.

Watch the awards ceremony in full here.