May 24, 2017

Lucienne Renaudin Vary to replace Alison Balsom in Cambridge Classical Series

The 18-year-old will step in for Balsom in Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rising star Lucienne Renaudin Vary will now be joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cambridge Corn Exchange to take on Haydn’s magnificent Trumpet Concerto on Saturday 17 June.

At just 18, Lucienne has a bright future ahead of her, currently still a student of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, she will take a short break from her exams in order to make her first appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the first student at the conservatoire ever to have been accepted in both the classical and jazz courses concurrently.

At just 17 years of age, Lucienne was hailed ‘Revelation of the Year’ in the 2016 Victoires de la Musique Classique (the French Grammy Awards), performing live at the ceremony to a televised audience of 1.5 million. Lucienne had already appeared at the Victoires three years earlier, at the age of 14, in an tribute to French trumpet legend Maurice André. In addition to a sterling classical technique, Lucienne is also a prodigious and passionate jazz trumpeter, having studied both styles in parallel.

For her forthcoming debut album on Warner Classics, titled A Voice, she will move effortlessly between the two in wide-ranging repertoire inspired by and featuring the human voice.  Future dates include her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, a return to the London Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, and her album launch in November at greater Paris' new concert hall La Seine Musicale.

Next season will also see orchestral debuts with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Les Violons du Roy and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, as part of their rising star series.

Alison Balsom gave the following statement: ‘It’s with a heavy heart that I cannot come and perform in Cambridge next month. Performing a concerto with the wonderful Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Corn Exchange was to be one of the highlights of my season so it’s such a shame it is no longer possible for me. It has been a true honour to be Artist in Residence this season at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, and I have very special memories from my concerts there over the past year. It has therefore been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but as an expectant mother, I must take the advice of my doctors and rest at home for the remainder of my pregnancy. Thank you all for your understanding and support at this time.’

Steve Bagnall, Managing Director of Cambridge Live said:

‘We are sorry that Alison is unable to play in this season finale concert but we wish her all the best over the coming months. Inviting Lucienne to perform is part of our commitment to showcasing amazing young artists who are newly emerging on the international stage.’

Lucienne will perform Haydn’s ever-popular Trumpet Concerto in a concert, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, that opens with Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and concludes powerfully with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Click here for more information about this concert.

Lucienne’s debut album on Warner Classics, A Voice, will be released in the Autumn.