Pause is made possible by an ever-expanding family of inspired and talented artists who collaborate to make it happen. We are very happy to welcome back Julien Brocal, Julien Libeer, Camille Thomas and Rupert Huber, and to welcome onboard Caroline Goulding, Elodie Vignon and Lidy Blijdorp.
We'll be continuing to update the line-up over the weeks and months to come.
JULIEN BROCAL (Piano, Composer)
'Poetry, spontaneity, restraint, and a profound sense of structure and awareness of sound are rare qualities that he displays.' Maria João Pires. In April 2018, Julien won the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award in recognition of his 'spellbinding' debut album, works by Chopin: Les états d'Ame. Opus Klassiek calls it 'great Chopin, transparent and warm at the same time, fabulously played in both the left and the right, dosed with masterful touch and filled with an inexpressible longing'. A second album, Reflections: Mompou & Ravel is available now on Rubicon Classics.
JULIEN LIBEER (Piano)
'The most wonderful thing of all is that Libeer possesses the wonderment of a child : no studied effects, no mannerisms, just an interpretation as fresh as dawn.'
While consciously avoiding competitions, Julien has nevertheless won many prizes and accolades including the Juventus, and Young Musician of the Year when he was 22. His has released three albums, including Réminiscences recorded with cellist Camille Thomas, winner of the 2017 ECHO Klassik award for chamber music.
CAMILLE THOMAS (Cello)
'A new star of the cello is discovered.' This year Camille was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe: Arts & Culture. In April she played the world premiere of Fazil Say's cello concerto, a piece written especially for her, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Described by Deutsche Grammophon as 'among the most charismatic of young classical artists,' Camille is the first female cellist to be signed to the prestigious label.
RUPERT HUBER (Piano, Composer and Artist)
Rupert is an award-winning composer whose music integrates the sonification of data, such as airport soundscapes. He explores the music of sites and within sites, and in his written music – primarily for piano – the architecture of sound. His work ranges from commissioned compositions (Wiener Festwochen, Centre Pompidou, Ars Electronica Festival) to film soundtracks, and beyond. As one half of TOSCA (with Richard Dorfmeister), he has released 14 albums in the last 20 years, performed around the world, including, with great acclaim, at Coachella.
ÉLODIE VIGNON (piano)
Élodie has performed as a soloist across Europe with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, the Oxalys Ensemble, the Quartett Coryfeye, and the Quartett Amôn, and she regularly performs with the Chopin Society in Atlanta and at the Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival.
Her debut release, Claude Debussy: Études, was released in March (Cypres Records).
CAROLINE GOULDING (Violin)
'One of the most gifted & musically interesting violinists I have heard in a long time; her playing is heartfelt & dazzling . . . ' Jaime Laredo, violinist and Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
Caroline picked up a violin at the age of three, made her debut at 13 with the Cleveland Orchestra,and, at 16, had her first Grammy nomination for her eponymous album which made it to the Top 15 of Billboard classical charts. Earlier this year she released her third album, Korngold & Mozart: Violin Concertos – with the Berner Symphonieorchester.
LIDY BLIJDORP (Cello)
'Breathtaking musicality' Amsterdam Cello Biënnale.
Praised for having great passion and enormous narrative power, Lidy graduated from Paris conservatory with the highest distinction. She has given recitals in Belgium, Spain, France and Japan, and She is a regular at festivals including the Janine Jansen Festival Utrecht, and the Grachtenfestival and Cello Biënnale, both in Amsterdam.
SARAH LAULAN (Mezzo-soprano)
While studying drama at the Tours Conservatoire then the Toulouse National Theatre, Sarah earned first prize in a singing competition in Paris, which led to a switch in focus to music, and eventually, training at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels under the direction of José van Dam.
On stage, Sarah has sung the roles of Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Javotte in Manon, Annina in La Traviata, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Marina in Boris Godunov, the witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Carmen at the Salle Pleyel, the Salle Gaveau and in Algiers.