Victor Julien-Laferrière

French cellist (1990, Paris)

Nominated at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2013 in the "Instrumental Soloist Revelation" category, Victor Julien-Laferrière stands amongst the young generation of French cellists.

Victor Julien-Laferrière began learning the cello with René Benedetti. He then studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Roland Pidoux, followed by Heinrich Schiff at the University of Vienna. First Prize at the 2012 Prague Spring International Competition, Victor Julien-Laferrière had already performed with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Hermitage Orchestra, the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra as well as various Czech orchestras in Dvořák and Elgar concertos. Regularly invited to the Louvre Auditorium, the Cité de la Musique and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, he has also played throughout Europe at events such as the Gstaad Music Summits, Kuhmo (Finland), Bern, from the Autunno Musicale di Caserta (Italy) or Ticino Musica in Lugano.

With the pianist Adam Laloum and the violinist Mi-Sa Yang, Victor Julien-Laferrière founded the trio Les Esprits. Aamong others they were programmed for the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Deauville festival, the Criée in Marseille and even the Théâtre des Champs -Elysées ... This trio was resident at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris and released a first disk in 2014. During his performances, Victor Julien-Laferrière attempted to find a balance between solo, concert and chamber music programs. He notably played in the ensemble Les Dissonances, directed by David Grimal

Five landmark dates in the life of Victor Julien-Laferrière: 

2004-2008: Studied at the Conservatoire with Roland Pidoux.
2005-2011: Participated in the Seiji Ozawa International Music Academy (Academy of Quartets) in Switzerland.
2009: He became Heinrich Schiff's student at the University of Vienna.
2013: Received the Safran Foundation Music Award
2014: Recorded a first disk with the trio Les Esprits, for the label Mirare. 

Biography by Radio France Documentation, September 2014.