Showcases - ClassicalNext 2017(c) Eric Van Nieuwland

The Opening Ceremony

What the France?!

[Wednesday 16 May, 20.00, Jurriaanse]

What the france at classicalNext

20:00 – 20:30

Admission & Welcome Drink (Jurriaanse Foyer)

20:30 – 21:15

Opening Concert (Jurriaanse Zaal)

Presenter: Saskia De Ville, musicologist and producer, France Musique

Key note speakers:

Musical programme :

  • Juliette Hurel, Debussy – Syrinx, L. 129 
  • Van Kuijk Quartet, Debussy – String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10, L. 85 : I. Animé et très décidé 
  • Alexandre Tharaud, Couperin, Les Ombres Errantes, Tic-toc-choc
  • Les Voix Animées, Pierre Attaingnant Le Tourdion  / Roland de Lassus En m’oyant chanter
  • Juliette Hurel, Eric Tanguy – Further (extrait) pour flûte solo

21:15 – 23:00

Le Bistro Gourmand – French Food and Wine Reception (Jurriaanse Foyer), braught to you by 

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The Performing Artists

Juliette Hurel

Artist Management: Sartory Artists | Eugénie Guibert |

“Her subtle song immediately beguiles, arising from the clarity of the melody and her virtuoso play of her instrument, as meticulous as it is fluid.” That is the way critic Jean-Luc Macia described flautist Juliette Hurel. To witness Hurel perform is to see a leader in full command: her concise movements urge on fellow performers, pushing and drawing them back as the music ebbs and flows.
Hurel is an award-winning musician who has collaborated with similarly decorated musicians such as Pierre Boulez, Martha Argerich, Shlomo Mintz, Gidon Kremer and Claire Désert, among many others. As a soloist Hurel has appeared with Les Siècles, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Montreal Orchestre Métropolitain.
This year Hurel released her latest album Bach Inspiration which features French soprano Maïlys de Villoutreys and Ensemble Les Surprises. For her fans the album is a worthy continuation, the next chapter in a fascinating saga.

Quatuor Van Kuijk

Artist Management: CLB Management | Kate Adams |

Quatuor Van Kuijk have existed for only a short time, but their rise has been meteoric. The quartet, named after first violinist Nicolas Van Kuijk, have released two albums of material thus far: a collection of Mozart in 2016 that The Guardian called “well-judged, serious” and a collection of music from fellow countrymen Debussy, Ravel and Chausson in 2017 that Le Soir raved had “a lot of nerve.”
Despite their short time in the public eye, Quatuor Van Kuijk have enjoyed enormous success, including being named 2017-2018 ECHO Rising Stars; they were the first French string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition; and they took first place and the audience prize in Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.
Success can paradoxically trap those constitutionally unfit for the limelight, but Quatuor Van Kuijk are up for the challenge. Their praise isn’t overheated. It’s well-earned, and they’re just getting warmed up.

Nicolas Van Kuijk, violin
Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violin
Emmanuel François, viola
François Robin, cello

Alexandre Tharaud

Artist Management: CLB Management | Catherine Le Bris |

It is difficult to overstate the accomplishments of French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. Tharaud has performed with the most important conductors and orchestras in the most prestigious halls, and his résumé includes an award of ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Ministry of Culture. He has enjoyed such varied collaborations as with actor Juliette Binoche, conductor and soprano Barbara Hannigan, and even French horse trainer and performer Bartabas.
Tharaud’s recordings reflect a performer at the height of his powers, including evolving collaborations with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras — a musical partnership dating back 20 years — as well as recordings of top-flight piano concertos, famous works for solo piano, world premieres, and even a CD of swing music. Tharaud recently released a performance memoir entitled ‘Show Me Your Hands,’ the perfect gambit from a consummate performer, an artist in full.

Les Voix Animées

Booking: Laurence Recchia |

Les Voix Animées are a French vocal ensemble founded in 2009 that specialises in polyphonic, a capella Renaissance music, with dollops of newer music for good measure. Les Voix Animées present programs that are spacious, unhurried, and majestic without ostentatiousness – all traits of a bygone age worth revisiting in this era of micro-second attention spans.
Les Voix Animées are based in Toulon. Under the direction of Luc Coadou they’ve programmed hundreds of performances: first in France, and then in a widening orbit in Europe and Asia. They’ve frequently appeared on television, and even started their own monthly web video series that is equal parts comedy and musical entertainment. Although Les Voix Animées generally perform music by composers like Palestrina and Byrd, the group champion living composers as well. The balance serves them well, allowing the musically curious a view of two worlds: what has been, and it what is yet to be.

Anne-Claire Baconnais, soprano
Raphaël Pongy, countertenor
Damien Roquetty, tenor
Luc Coadou, musical director & baritone
Laurence Recchia, presenter

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