2021 Paris Play-Direct Academy
Developing the art of playing and conducting with an orchestra is a unique experience of artistic encounter. Direct contact with the musicians of the orchestra, working together on style, articulation, balances or learning the gesture. These are all elements that give the form of the concerto a real chamber spirit. The Orchestre de chambre de Paris has made playing and conducting one of the pillars of its work and created the Paris Play-Direct Academy in order to train emerging artists in this technique, under optimal conditions. This academy takes place every two years and is part of the OCP Transmission program which aims to support young artists in their professionalization.
Sponsored for the second time by Lars Vogt, the new edition of the Paris Play-Direct Academy was dedicated to the piano and took place from September 5 to 9, 2021, still in partnership with Steinway & Sons and the Philharmonie de Paris.
Four young pianists of international level were selected to participate in this new edition: they benefited from masterclasses and the supervision of Lars Vogt (artistic curator) and Mark Stringer (conductor teacher), with the intervention of a string quartet from the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Then, the artists were able to work a concerto movement in rehearsal with the orchestra, in preparation for the closing concert, which took place on Thursday 9th September at 7.30 pm.
The academician Tony Yun wins the Jury Prize and the Orchestra Prize, succeeding Claire Huangci (Jury Prize in 2019) or Mario Häring (Orchestra Prize in 2019).
The 4 academics
The 2021 jury
As in every edition, the Paris Play-Direct Academy has a prestigious jury which will award the Jury Prize to one of the academics. The president has two votes, each other member has one. Lars Vogt, artistic curator of this edition, takes part in the deliberations but not in the vote.
Émilie Delorme – Director of the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris
Gerrit Glaner (Jury President) – Director of the artists and concerts department of Steinway & Sons
Emmanuel Hondré – Director of the concerts and shows department of the Philharmonie de Paris – Cité de la Musique
Emelie de Jong – Director of the arts and entertainment division of ARTE France
Christian Merlin – Music critic (Le Figaro) and musicologist
Deborah Nemtanu – solo violin super-soloist of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris