Victor Julien-Laferrière


1st Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017 in Brussels, as part of the first edition dedicated to cello, Victor Julien-Laferrière also won the 1st Prize and two special prizes at the 2012 Prague Spring International Competition. In 2018, he was awarded the Victoire de la Musique in France as “Best Instrumental Solo”.

Victor Julien-Laferrière began the cello with René Benedetti, then studied successively with Roland Pidoux at the Paris Conservatoire, Heinrich Schiff at the University of Vienna and Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. At the same time, he took part from 2005 to 2011 at Seiji Ozawa International Music Academy Switzerland.

Amongst his major orchestra collaborations as a soloist, one notes that Victor Julien-Laferrière is the guest of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Orchestre Symphonique du Québec/E. Gullberg Jensen, Orchestre National de France/ K.Poska, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse/T. Sokhiev at the Philharmonie de Paris, Orchestre National de Belgique/R. González-Monjas, Les Siècles/F.X. Roth, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra/Jun Märkl, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/H. Pishkar, Orchestre des Jeunes de l’Abbaye de Saintes/Philippe Herreweghe, RTÉ Orchestra Dublin/N. Stutzmann, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra/J. Rozen/S. Denève, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie/Y. Abel, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/J. Weilerstein, I Pomeriggi Musicali de Milan/Y. Kumehara, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/A. Joel, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia/O. Grangean, etc.

In recital and chamber music, he is the guest of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie de Paris, CelloBiennale in Amsterdam, Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Essen Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Louisiana Museum in Copenhague, Schubertiade Hohenems, KKL of Lucerne, Tonhalle of Zurich, Auditorium du Louvre, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Phillips Collection in Washington, Fondation Louis Vuitton, festivals of Prague Spring,  MecklenburgVorpommern, Kuhmo, Gstaad, Brussels Cello Festival, Copenhagen Summer Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Musik Festival, Folles Journées de Nantes et Tokyo, Ester festivals of Deauville and Aix-en-Provence, Festival international de Violoncelle de Beauvais…

He also receives many recording awards, including the Diapason d’or of the year 2017 for his sonata album with the pianist Adam Laloum. In January 2019, Victor Julien-Laferrière releases a new album devoted to Schubert with the Trio Les Esprits (Sony Music). His last recording (released in Septembre 2019 for the label Alpha Classics) with the pianist Jonas Vitaud is dedicated to Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Denisov.

Victor Julien-Laferrière is also developping a significant orchestra conducting activity, through collaborations with the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, the Orchestre des Amis de Brahms, etc.

Victor Julien-Laferrière plays a cello Domenico Montagnana, owned by Joséphine and Xavier Moreno, and a Dominique Peccatt bow.