Besancon. No Grand Prix at the Competition for young conductors, but two favorites, for the Frenchwoman

This year, the jury of the International Competition for Young Conductors of Besançon chose not to award its Grand Prix, and declared the three finalists tied with a special mention. The French Chloé Dufresne, originally from Montpellier, however won two “favorites”.

This Saturday, September 18, the jury of the International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon did not designate a winner. It’s rare, but it’s not the first time. In 2003, in particular, no Grand Prix had been awarded. However, the reasons are quite different this year. In 2003, the jury chaired by Matthias Bamert had judged the level of the candidates insufficient. This time, the jury of Paul Daniel, it was decided that the qualities and the backgrounds of the finalists were too different to be able to really decide between them. “The jury’s decision was unanimous”, he said on stage last night.

Review the performance of the three finalists of the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, this Saturday, September 18, 2021

Paul Daniel wished to underline the main qualities which distinguished the candidates: the mastery with regard to his age of the youngest of the competition, the Chinese Jong-Jie Yin, the enthusiasm and the consistency of the South Korean Deun Lee, and the originality and freshness of Chloe Dufresne, the French.

The three candidates therefore left each with a special mention, 3,000 euros, a LIP watch, and “work opportunities with possible commitments with orchestras and festivals that are partners of the competition”.

Chloé Dufresne, a special mention, and two favorites

It is perhaps the French candidate who however stood out the most during this last test. The three finalists were to conduct the Orchester national de Lyon, to perform two works: At the edge of the storm, by Camille Pépin, composed especially for the festival, and the Symphonie no 5, op. 82, by Jean Sibelius. However, the interpretation of the first by the Frenchwoman was praised by Camille Pépin, and its execution hailed by the public. Chloé Dufresne was acclaimed by him, who awarded him his Coup de coeur. Likewise, the musicians of the Orchester national de Lyon were convinced by his performance, and awarded him their Favorite. “I am delighted, flattered”, recognized the conductor, born in Montpellier. “The public obviously, and the orchestra all the more”. “They spent a lot of time with the different candidates, and it’s always a pleasure to know that the people you work with really enjoy what you do.”.

The Frenchwoman says she does not regret the jury’s choice for this 2021 edition. “I am not disappointed, she says, besides, I find that very healthy, because we are all different, and ultimately, a competition is not real life “.

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