THIERRY SCHERZ PRIZE
Sponsored by the Pro Scientia et Arte Foundation and the Friends of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad
One of the main goals of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad has always been to give young talents a chance, to help and guide them, reason for which, from the very start, the festival included into its programme a series of concerts given in the Gstaad chapel by promising young musicians of different nationalities playing the same instrument.
Every year, this Prize aims to reward one of these young musicians with the opportunity of recording a CD with an orchestra, produced by Claves Records, ensuring a wide distribution.
This Prize gives the laureate experience with microphones, collaboration with a conductor, with orchestra musicians, an artistic director, sound engineers... and finally the joy of an extensive distribution.
Our laureates' success reminds us of the importance of supporting a promising career in its early days. We offer our sincere thanks to our sponsors who enable us to continue in this direction.
The Thierry Scherz Prize is an homage to the co-founder and artistic director of the Festival.
2016 Prize: Guillaume Bellom and Kevin Jansson, ex-aequo, Piano
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
♪ Piano Sonata in G major, D.894 (1826)
i. Molto moderato e cantabile
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
♪ Piano Sonata in A flat major, Hob. XVI. 46 (1767-1770)
i. Allegro moderato
iii. Finale. Presto
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
♪ Estampes (1903)
ii. La soirée dans Grenade
iii. Jardins sous la pluie
Guillaume Bellom, piano
Théâtre populaire romand, Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), September 2016
Claves Records 2017
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Guillaume Bellom (b. 1992) studied piano and violin from the age of six at the Besançon Conservatoire (CRR), where in 2008 he was awarded prizes for piano, violin and chamber music.
In 2009, he was unanimously admitted to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM), where he joined the piano class of Nicholas Angelich and Romano Pallottini. He also studied under Franck Braley, Marie-François Bucquet, Dominique Merlet, Dany Rouet, Denis Pascal, Leon Fleisher and Jean-Claude Pennetier. He is currently furthering his studies with Hortense Cartier-Bresson.
In 2011 he also joined the violin class of Roland Daugareil, Suzanne Gessner and Christophe Poiget at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM).
Guillaume Bellom was winner of the piano prize in the Besançon "Jeunes Musiciens" competition in 2008, following which he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto and the First Piano Concerto of Brahms with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Besançon.
He is often heard on radio (France Musique, in programmes presented by Phillipe Cassard and Arièle Butaux), and he performs regularly at the Fondation Singer-Polignac in Paris, where he has been artist in residence since 2012.
His interest in chamber music has led to appearances at festivals including those of Deauville (Festival de Pâques and Août Musical). He also plays sonatas with his brother, the cellist Adrien Bellom (Chambéry Bel-Air Claviers Festival, "Printemps des Alizés" in Essaouira, Morocco, etc.). Recently, with Amaury Coeytaux (violin) and Victor Julien-Laferrière (cello), he gave the first performance of Danse encore, a trio by the composer and pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, at the Chapelle du Méjan in Arles.
In 2014, Guillaume performed in the Animal Carnival by Saint-Saens at the Champs-Elysées concert hall in Paris, and won a prize at the Rhine Gold Foundation. In 2015, he won the first prize at the international piano competition of Epinal, France. In 2016, he won the first prize of the Thierry Scherz competition in Gstaad, Switzerland. His first solo album, featuring pieces by Schubert, Haydn and Debussy, was released in early 2017. His great interest in chamber music, shared with his friend Ismaël Margain, lead them into joining various ensembles such as those performing at the Deauville Festival of Music. They play piano four-hands together and have recorded two discs dedicated to Mozart and Shubert under the label Aparte/Harmonia Mundi.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante and Variations in G major, Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C major, Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in F major – Guillaume Bellom & Ismaël Margain (Audio video)
Franz Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, Allegro in A minor "Lebensstürme", Sonata in C major "Grand Duo" – Ismaël Margain & Guillaume Bellom (Audio video)