Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello
The winner of the first cello-specific 2017 Queen Elizabeth competition in Brussels, Victor Julien-Laferrière also won the International Spring Competition in Prague in 2012. He was born in Paris in 1990 and began playing the cello with René Benedetti before studying with Roland Pidoux at the Paris Conservatory, Heinrich Schiff at Vienna University then Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. At the same time, he took part in Seiji Ozawa's International Music Academy Switzerland from 2005 to 2011.
In 2018/2019, Victor Julien-Laferrière was a guest performer at the Paris and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras as well as the I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Belgium National Orchestra, RTÉ Orchestra Dublin, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic and Lille National Orchestra. He toured Brazil and performed recitals and chamber music at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Queen Elizabeth Musical Chapel, Essen Philharmonic Copenhagen Louisiana Museum, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Musik Festival and more.
Victor Julien-Laferrière was the 2018 "Instrumental Soloist of the Year" at the classical music Victoires awards, laureate of the Banque Populaire Group Foundation and won the Safran Foundation for Music prize in 2013. He is an Associate Artist at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris.