Each year, the Victoires de la musique classique celebrates the richness, quality and diversity of French and international talent. This 25th edition has made us discover and rediscover renowned artists, while others have been revealed before our eyes, from the magnificent auditorium of the Grange au Lac in Evian-les-Bains, known for its Rencontres Musicales. The famous cedar and pine concert hall provided the most perfect acoustics for this exceptional live concert.
This evening, dedicated to memory, brought us back to memorable moments by saluting many artists who have marked the history of the Victories of Classical Music, including Mstislav Rostropovitch, Yehudi Menuhin, Teresa Berganza, Barbara Hendricks, Michel Portal, Natalie Dessay and Roberto Alagna, with a special thought in tribute to Didier Lockwood, an immense French jazz violinist who died prematurely a few days ago. Memory, also, with the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy, which will be the occasion of a large number of musical events highlighting this genius composer.
Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, sends her warmest congratulations to the winners of this 25th edition of the Victoires de la musique classique, to Angela Gheorghiu, victory of honor, to Victor Julien-Lafferière in the instrumental soloist category, to Sabine Devieilhe in the category of lyric artist who also wins in the category recording for her disc Mirages, to Karol Beffa in the category of composer, to Bruno Philippe in the instrumental solo revelation category and finally in the lyric artist revelation category, to Eva Zaïcik.
The Minister wishes to greet the musicians of the Orchestre National de Lyon directed by Pierre Bleuse and Danièle Rustioni, who accompanied the nominated artists at this great popular meeting of classical music, and sends its thanks to all the professionals supporting the artists, working in musical creation, recorded music or live performance.