2017 HSBC Laureates
Mezzo-soprano / France
A graduate of the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, Catherine Trottmann made her début at Festival d’Aix in 2012 as understudy for the title role of Ravel’s The Child and the Spells. In the same year, she took part in the Mozart residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix. In 2014, she sang in Viardot, la liberté, a production by the Académie du Festival d’Aix, created by Côme de Bellescize. She was named lyrical revelation by the ADAMI in 2015 and Lyrical Artist Revelation at the Victoires de la Musique in 2017. This season, she is performing at Opéra national du Rhin, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opéra de Nice and Opéra de Saint-Étienne.
Countertenor / France
Award recipient of the Meyer Foundation, Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian won the Grand-Avignon prize at the first edition of the Concours Jeunes Espoirs held by Opéra d’Avignon. He has performed as a soloist conducted by Raphaël Pichon, Emmanuelle Haïm, Benoît Haller, Christophe Coin and Philippe Pierlot. He joined the ancient music academies of Sablé-sur-Sarthe and Royaumont and became a master of French mélodie and German Lied with Mireille Delunsch and Hartmut Holl. In 2016, he performed as a soloist with the Taylor Consort as part of the Poème Harmonique season in Britten’s Canticles. In 2017, he took part in the Mozart residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Jakub Jósef Orliński
Countertenor / Poland
A graduate of the Frédéric Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and of the Juilliard School in New York, Jakub Jósef Orliński has won numerous singing competitions in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2016. He performed in turn the roles of Cupid (Venus and Adonis, Blow), Narciso (Agrippina, Handel), Ruggiero (Alcina, Handel) before singing Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York. In July 2017, at Festival d’Aix, he played Orimeno in Francesco Cavalli’s Erismena conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón.
Tenor / France
Fabien Hyon graduated in 2016 from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, where he was taught by Malcolm Walker. He then went on to master his art at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with José Van Dam. In 2015 he was named Classic Revelation by the ADAMI and in 2017, accompanied by pianist Adriano Spampanato, played in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella in Paris, and in Dominique Spagnolo’s Une Vestale at Opéra de Massy. In July 2017, he was understudy for Philippe Boesmans’s Pinocchio, produced by Joël Pommerat at Festival d’Aix. He also took part in the Pinocchio residency of the Académie du Festival.
Pianist / Italy
Enrico Cicconofri graduated from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. He joined the “Incontri col Maestro” International Piano Academy in Imola where he studied with Enrico Pace and Piero Rattalino. He has won first prizes at the Rome International Piano Competition, the Marco Fortini International Competition in Bologna and the Lia Tortora competition of the Citta della Pieve. Since 2015, he has been a coach at Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto and at the Accademia Lirica in Osimo. In July 2017 he took part in the Mozart residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix and in the same year joined the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris.
France / Latvia
Pauline Chenais - Piano
Magdalēna Geka - Violin
Angèle Legasa - Cello
ra has benefited from the advice of Menahem Pressler, the Quatuor Ébène, the Quatuor Danel and Gary Hoffman. 2017 winner of the Parkhouse Award in London, the trio is also an award recipient of the Safran Foundation for music. Trio S
ōra has been a guest at La Roque d’Anthéron Festival and La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Paris and Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, and has also performed in the United Kingdom in Wigmore Hall, in Finland and Latvia. It recorded its first album in June 2016 and in June 2017 took part in several residencies of the Académie du Festival d’Aix. On this occasion, it presented the concert-show ¿ Tango ?