December 18, 2014

Four Erato exclusive artists nominated in the 2015 Victoires de la Musique

Bertrand Chamayou, Edgar Moreau, Sabine Devieilhe & Jean Rondeau up for major prizes in the French classical awards.

Four of Erato’s exclusive artists have been nominated for major prizes in the 2015 Victoires de la Musique Classique awards, the French equivalent of the Grammys and the Brit Awards, recognising the greatest achievements in classical music.

Following its ‘Label of the Year’ accolade in the 2014 Classica Chocs de l’Année awards, Erato is represented in three of the six categories of the Victoires, with pianist Bertrand Chamayou and 20-year-old cellist Edgar Moreau both nominated for Instrumental Soloist of the Year. Chamayou’s Schubert album Wanderer, released in January 2014, was praised by The Sunday Times as an ‘affecting, beautifully performed disc’, while International Record Review declared that ‘his musically insightful, technically flawless playing can be confused with no-one else's’. Moreau, 2009 winner of the Young Soloist Prize in the prestigious Rostropovich Cello Competition, released his debut album Play this year: a dazzling recital of short pieces both virtuosic and lyrical.

Following the release of her Erato debut album Le Grand Théâtre de l’Amour, one of the year’s finest Rameau recordings for the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe has been nominated for Opera Singer of the Year. The disc has already won her a Diapason d’Or (Best Baroque Vocal Album) and the ECHO Klassik newcomer of the year.

Another rising star in the Erato firmament, 23-year-old harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, receives a nomination in the Instrumental Soloist ‘Revelation’ category.  Imagine, his debut solo album devoted to the music of J.S. Bach, will be released in January 2015. In 2012 he became one of the youngest performers ever to take First Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges.

The winners of the 2015 Victoires de la Musique Classique will be revealed in a ceremony in Lille on 2 February 2015, broadcast live on France Inter radio and televised on France3.

Full list of nominees: Victoires de la Musique Classique 2015

Instrumental soloist
Bertrand Chamayou, piano
Henri Demarquette, cello
Nelson Freire, piano
Edgar Moreau, cello

Opera singer
Karine Deshayes, mezzo-soprano
Sabine Devieilhe, soprano
Sophie Koch, mezzo
François Le Roux, baritone

Revelation, instrumental soloist
Rémi Geniet, piano
Ismaël Margain, piano
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord

Revelation, opera singer
Samy Camps, tenor
Anaïs Constans, soprano
Cyrille Dubois, tenor

Composer
Régis Campo – Quai Ouest (opera)
Guillaume Connesson – Cythère for four percussionists and orchestra
Philippe Hersant – Les vêpres de la Vierge

Recording
JS Bach: Trauermusik – Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon (Harmonia Mundi)
Mozart: Requiem – Accentus/Laurence Equilbey (Naïve)
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Petrushka – Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth (Musicales Actes Sud)