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Yves Petit from Voize

Artistic director of the Deauville Easter Festival

The musicians of the Easter Festival: "thoroughbred sixteenth note!"

Founder with Roger Godino of the Academy Festival of the Arcs in 1972 ‚Yves Petit de Voize conducted numerous festivals and musical seasons: Royaumont‚ Fondation Maeght ‚Saint-Maximin‚ Théâtre de l'Épée de Bois ‚Biennale de la Musique de Lyon. Magazine editor diapason‚Vice-president of Radio Classique‚ artistic director of the Montreux Festival‚In 1997 he founded the Deauville Easter festivals and Cordes-sur-Ciel where soloists such as Renaud Capuçon ‚Jérémie Rhorer‚ Jérôme Ducros ‚Jérôme Pernoo‚ Nicholas Angelich ‚Bertrand Chamayou‚ Jonas Vitaud ‚Julien Chauvin were revealed.

Musical advisor to the Singer-Polignac Foundation, an extraordinary place where the history of twentieth century music was written, Yves Petit de Voize leads the policy for welcoming and promoting young artists. It is here that he prepares each year the Easter meeting that he founded in 1996 in Deauville: the Easter Festival. "My best memory of the festival was during the first edition: we had landed in Deauville with sixty musicians to create an absolutely phenomenal orchestra with people who were all great soloists. We had formed an orchestra like it had never existed in France, with the conductor Emmanuel Krivine, the great pianist Maria João Pires. This orchestra hit the headlines because it consisted of sixty stars of the new generation ", remembers Yves Petit de Voize." After that, the orchestra was boned in seven or eight concerts. We spent ten days in Deauville, discovering the Salle Elie de Brignac, which still smelled of horse [the establishment, ideally suited to chamber music, is also the stronghold of the sale of yearlings in Deauville since 1986], to discover the city, to explore the Planches ... All this, in the company of friends of Philippe Augier [the mayor of Deauville], Bruno Mazure and Patrick Poivre d'Arvor who called us the thoroughbreds of the sixteenth note ! It was the first year, pioneer, of discovery, between sun and music, and all that Deauville offers to people. And it has been going on for twenty years! "

Four generations of artists have grown up with the Easter Festival, whose primary vocation is to bring out young talents. Praised by all, the spirit of the festival, at the same time enthusiastic, joyful and hardworking, counts as much as its programming, which gives to listen to masterpieces but also rarer works from the repertoire. "The Deauville festival is first and foremost full of musician friends linked by this joyful Norman adventure. These are the midnight baths, the races, the romantic stories of Yves, the giggles with the mayor", says double bass player Yann Dubost. For David Kadouch, pianist, the Deauville festival is "one of the first to have trusted him. The one that gives him total freedom in what he wishes to undertake"; it is "this family that meets once or twice a year [during musical August] to make music near the sea".

Many future artists, including Yves petit de Voize's potential, first participated in the Deauville Easter Festival, before occupying the front ranks of notoriety. Originally, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Jérôme Pernoo and Jérôme Ducros, co-founders of the festival, wanted to "found a common house where to play with friends all the chamber music associating strings, winds, voice, keyboards and percussion. The trio to the chamber symphony, and from Bach to Ligeti ", recalls Yves Petit de Voize. Since 1997, fortified by this spirit of cooptation, a host of young instrumentalists has appeared there, dubbed by always benevolent elders. Many groups have also imagined it, such as the Circle of Harmony.

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