CPE Festival and MGConcerts present
MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM
ELODIE VIGNON & SARAH LAULAN
Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 12 p.m.
MIM, Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels
ELODIE VIGNON - piano & SARAH LAULAN - contralto
Program: not communicated to date
ELODIE VIGNON - piano
On November 2, 2021, Elodie Vignon released her third album "Dans l'air du soir" for the 30th anniversary of Cypres. Mirroring an intimate and infinitely delicate Franz Liszt (Three Sonnets by Petrarch, Three Concert Studies), with the Spanish Suite by Isaac Albeniz, it won over listeners and music lovers. Jean-Yves Clément attributes 5 Diapasons to her and writes among other things: “The pianist embodies Petrarque's Sonnets with the eloquent mixture of abandon and tenderness that characterizes the triptych...”. She also received an absolute Joker from Crescendo magazine, and her record was chosen as Record of the Day on En Pistes - France Musique - on November 26, 2021.
It is thanks to the collaboration with the Belgian independent label Cypres that Elodie will have the opportunity to make her recording debut. In 2018, she released her first CD dedicated to Claude Debussy, which met with great success both with the public and with critics (4 stars Classica, "Debussy Best Performers" in Pianist Magazine Germany...)
She continues in 2020 with D'ombres, an album bringing together the three preludes and the sonata by Henri Dutilleux, combined with "Surgir", a piece commissioned from Claude Ledoux. For the release, Vignon is invited to the Flagey Piano Days Festival, while she was on the stage of studio 1 of the same prestigious hall 15 days earlier. Indeed, his creation in collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Nono Battesti "Entre Temps", had been selected for the Propulse festival. Noticed by Classica or Resmusica, she will also be the guest of Générations France Musique, then nominated for the Octaves of contemporary music. Vignon receives the Octave Point Culture for “D'ombres”.
Expatriated for 17 years in Belgium, after her years of study at the Lyon Conservatory, Élodie studied there at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, in the class of Daniel Blumenthal. In 2010, she crossed paths with Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, an outstanding artist of rare generosity who inherited from his masters Claudio Arrau and Georges Cziffra a deep knowledge of the repertoire and the instrument. She then became artist in residence for the Bell'arte foundation, founded by Delle-Vigne Fabbri.
It was then that she began to play a lot in Europe (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Lithuania...) and in the USA, notably under the baton of world-renowned conductors such as Philippe Entremont.
Recently invited to Flagey, the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Charleroi, the Festivals of Wallonia, or the Rencontres Inattendues de Tournai, Elodie seeks above all a coherence in her artistic line through her choice of repertoire and collaborations.
In the fall of 2022, she will release a duet album with the French contralto Sarah Laulan.
Around composers claiming their roots, terribly topical, the program retraces a world tour of well-known masterpieces (Spanish popular songs by Manuel De Falla) with certain pieces to discover (Chansons de negresse by Darius Milhaud, A flower by John Cage).
SARAH LAULAN - Contralto
Winner of the Queen-Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and endowed with a rare magnetism, the contralto Sarah Laulan seeks new paths." Oliver Bellamy
Passionate about words and sounds, Sarah Laulan first trained in dramatic art at the Tours Conservatory, then at the Atelier Volant at the National Theater in Toulouse. From musical theater to opera there is only one step, which she took by perfecting her singing skills with Marianne Pousseur in the contemporary repertoire at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, then at the Queen Elisabeth Chapel under the aegis of by Jose Van Dam. She tastes all styles in various masterclasses (Waltraud Meier, Ewa Podles, Bernarda Fink, Larissa Gerguieva, Nadine Denize, Georges Lavaudant, Alain Garichot...), and continues to receive advice from Jocelyne Dienst, Janina Baechle and Brigitte Fassbaender
She won the 3rd Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 2014, and the Paul Streit Prize for the best contralto in Geneva in 2016.
Sarah is above all a versatile artist who believes in the complementarity of languages and styles - and above all wishes to speak to everyone. She collaborates with artistic personalities committed to raising awareness, pedagogy and creation and herself teaches theater to young singers.
Among contemporary music projects, she participated in the creation of L'Ombre de Venceslao by Martin Matalon in the role of Mechita directed by Jorge Lavelli, as well as in the creations of Alice in Wonderland and Poucette du Duet Matteo Franceschini / Edouard Signolet at the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Théâtre royal de Compiègne. She is the Mother in Euphonia by Michaël Levinas at the 2019 Berlioz Festival, Mara in L'annonce fait à Marie by Marc Bleuse in Toulouse, and finally the Mother in Le scarabée d'or by Fujikura in 2020 at the Philharmonie de Paris.
She toured Germany and Belgium for the creation Silent Song into the Wild with the experimental company 'Nico and the Navigators', with whom she revisited Suor Angelica in 2019 at the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Kirill Petrenko. Hired for roles such as Maddalena (Rigoletto at the Opéra de Liège, Toulon, Metz, Massy), Olga (Eugène Onéguine at the Opéra de Massy), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos at the Capitole de Toulouse), La Maestra delle Novizie and La Suor Zelatrice (Suor Angelica at the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Opera of Wallonia), Suor Pazienza (Mese Mariano by Giordano at the Royal Opera of Wallonia), Nancy (Martha by Flotow directed by B. Fassbaender in Austria), La voix de la mère (Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie), Cléone (Pénélope by Fauré at the Opéra National du Rhin), Hermia (Les Caprices de Marianne by Henri Sauguet on tour in France), The Mother (The Child and the Spells in Barhain), The Newspaper Merchant (Les Mamelles de Tirésias at La Monnaie), Public Opinion (Opéra d'Avignon), Totoche (The Knights of the Round Table in 'Hervé), Mrs Grivot (The Devil in Paris by Lattès), Mrs Quickly (Falstaff), La Périchole, Carmen, etc...
It was directed by John Turturro, Michel Fau, Olivier Py, Laurent Fréchuret, Ted Huffman, Georges Lavaudant, Alain Garichot, Yann Dacosta, Jacques Nichet...
In oratorio she has performed in works such as Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Das Lied von der Erde and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Beethoven's IX Symphony, the Nuits d' summer and Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz, the Requiem by Mozart, the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi... with the Orchester de la Monnaie, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Morocco, the 'Orchestre Philharmonique de Bruxelles, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Orchester Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Orchester national d'Île-de-France, under the direction of conductors such as Patrick Fournillier, Stéphane Denève, Dmitri Jurowski, Jean Deloyer, Giampaolo Bisanti, Olivier Holt, Arvo Volmer, Roland Boër, Paolo Arrivabeni, Christopher Warren-Green, Patrick Davin, Evan Rogister, David Reiland, Ludovic Morlot, Eivind Aadland, Samuel Jean, Claude Schnitzler..
From the Capitole to the Concertgebouw in Brugge, Sarah also defends chamber music and the art of the recital in committed and documented programs.
She carried from start to finish the creation of her first disc Les Blasphèmes, fin-de-siècle melodies, with Maciej Pikulski and the Quatuor Hermès, released on the Fuga Libera label in 2017, recorded the Zwei Gesänge by Brahms with Lise Berthaud and Eric Lesage at Label B records in 2019 as well as Le Diable à Paris with the Parisian frivolities orchestra in 2020, and will release a disc entitled SANGS in the spring of 2021, with Elodie Vignon on the Cyprès label.