Laureates of the Académie

Since 2006, the artistic direction of the Festival selects each year a new set of singers, pianist vocal coach and chamber music ensembles. These young artists chosen among the Académie’s most promising talents receive the chance to perform in recitals and concerts both in France and abroad.

The HSBC Laureates of the Académie are:

Marie-Laure Garnier • soprano
L’Art du récital residency | Académie 2018

Fleur Barron • mezzo-soprano
Mozart residency | Académie 2017
First witch in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) | Festival d’Aix 2018

Trystan Llŷr Griffiths • tenor
Mozart residency | Académie 2015
First Man in Arms / Second Priest in The Magic Flute (Mozart) | Festival d’Aix 2018

Célia Oneto-Bensaid • pianist
L’Art du récital residency | Académie 2018

Oleksandr Yankevych • pianist
Mozart residency | Académie 2018

Esmé​ Quartet
Wonhee Bae
(violin), Yuna Ha (violin), Jiwon Kim (viola), Ye-Eun Heo (cello)
Chamber music residency | Académie 2018

Marie-Laure Garnier • soprano (France)

A graduate of the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, Marie-Laure Garnier has sung in Reigen (Boesmans), The Valkyrie (Wagner) and Tosca (Puccini). She has performed in Paris, Venice and Moscow. Particularly fond of lieder and melody, she performs works by contemporary composers such as Nicolas Bacri, Benoît Menut, Fabien Touchard and Camille Pepin. In 2017, she won the French Melody Prize in the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition alongside pianist Célia Oneto Bensaid. Together, they formed the Duo Nitescence and took part in the Art du récital residency of the Académie du Festival d'Aix 2018.

Fleur Barron • mezzo-soprano (Ireland)

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Fleur Barron has taken part in several programmes for young artists and joined the Académie du Festival d’Aix's Mozart residency in 2017. She can be heard in operas including La Traviata (Verdi), Carmen (Bizet), Poliuto (Donizetti), Saul (Handel), The Child and the Spells (Ravel), The Italian Girl in Algiers (Donizetti) and Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc). She has performed at the Carnegie Hall, the New York, Sarasota and Toulon operas, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival. In 2018, she played one of the witches in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) directed by Vincent Huguet at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Trystan Llŷr Griffiths • tenor (United Kingdom)

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths won the Ian Stoutzker Prize awarded by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. You can hear him in works by Mozart (Così fan tutte, Requiem), Wagner (Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolde), Ravel (A Spanish Hour, The Child and the Spells), Verdi (Masked Ball), Leoncavallo (Pagliacci), Donizetti (The Elixir of Love, The Duke of Alba) and Janáček (Katia Kabanova). He has performed in particular at the Scottish Opera, Opera North, the Zurich Opera and the Opéra national de Lorraine. At the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, he took part in the Académie's Mozart residency in 2015 and sang in The Magic Flute directed by Simon McBurney in 2018.

Célia Oneto-Bensaid • pianist (France)

Célia Oneto-Bensaid trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. The winner of many international competitions and several foundation awards, she performs solo with an orchestra but also in recitals and chamber music in France (Philharmonie de Paris, Festival international de piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, Folle Journée de Nantes), as well as abroad (Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Algeria and China). She formed the Duo Nitescence with the soprano Marie-Laure Garnier and in 2018, took part in the L'Art du récital residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix. She recently won the André Boisseaux Prize, enabling her to record her first solo release, devoted to the music of Gershwin and Bernstein.

Oleksandr Yankevych • pianist (Ukraine)

A graduate of the Bydgoszcz Music Academy (Poland), Oleksandr Yankevych has been an accompanist at the Warsaw National Opera, the Zurich Opera and then the Stockholm Royal Opera. The winner of several international competitions, he also gives concerts with singers and performs in Poland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. His repertoire comprises various operas including Carmen (Bizet), The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni (Mozart) as well as La Bohème (Puccini), Rigoletto (Verdi), The Barber of Seville (Rossini) and Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky). In 2018, he took part in the Mozart residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Esmé​ Quartet (South Korea)
Wonhee Bae (violin), Yuna Ha (violin), Jiwon Kim (viola), Ye-Eun Heo (cello)

Formed in 2016, the Esmé Quartet won First Prize in the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition along with four Special Prizes. They won 3rd Prize in the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and the Public's Prize in the Irene-Steels Wilsing Competition in 2018. The ensemble has given concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Alpmuseum (Remagen), the Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders and the Festival Musiq3, and has recorded for the NDR radio station in Germany. In 2017, the quartet took part in the ProQuartet Academy and in 2018, the Académie du Festival d’Aix's chamber music residency. In 2019, the Esmé Quartet will be touring, appearing at the Wigmore Hall as well as the Heidelberg, Lucerne and Lübeck festivals.

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