Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot – Burgundy France
CELEBRATING ITS 15 ANNIVERSARY WITH AN OUTSTANDING AND AMBITIOUS PROGRAM
The Clos Vougeot Music & Wine Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a Very Special Edition . Since its foundation, the Festival have always been committed to creating encounters between winegrowers and musicians of international renown.
This year, Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot promises to be more than outstanding with an ambitious program, with the Festival faithful artists who are joining it since the beginning of the festival as well as newcomers. An invitation to discovery and exchange with unique concerts in places full of history and tastings with passionate winemakers.
The Festival opened its doors on Saturday June 24th with the Carte Blanche Jeunes Talents, a free concert that was held for the first time in the courtyard of the Hospices de Beaune to present the young artists of the 2023 vintage. On Sunday evening the festival welcomed Soprano Catherine Trottmann, Frank Braley, Pianist and Gautier Capuçon at Château du Clos Vougeot.
On Monday, the Domaine Faiveley receives the patrons and friends of the festival for a concert around Jean-Yves Thibaudet in their magnificent winery. On Tuesday, Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, ambassadors of the Festival, gives a chamber music concert in the cellar of the Château du Clos Vougeot, accompanied this year by the great violinist Nikolaj Znaider. On Wednesday 28, the traditional concert and chic picnic evening takes place at the Abbaye de Saint-Vivant with Sunwook Kim, Júlia Pusker and Charles Hervet in a program dedicated to Beethoven.
The Talich Quartet will perform a Mozart Dvořák program on Thursday in the courtyard of the Chateau Philippe le Hardi, preceded by a tasting of the best producers of the village of Santenay. The Festival invites visitors to attend the concert of the soloists of the Orchestre des Climats de Bourgogne at the Church of Meursault on Friday June 30th. It will be followed by the convivial Paulée Musicale at the Château de Meursault. On July 2nd The festival will end with the Gala concert in the courtyard of the Château. The Festival is very happy to welcome again in Burgundy, the great cellist Yo-Yo Ma accompanied by the Orchestre des Climats de Bourgogne under the direction of Ludovic Morlot. To allow a wider audience to experience the Festival, Radio Classique will be in Burgundy from June 24 to 27 for “Le journal du Classique” with Laure Mézan. Most of the concerts will be preceded by exceptional tastings which will culminate in a Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot tasting for this 15th edition. This year, the auction hosted by Sothebys will also take place online throughout the month of June. The profits will help finance the instrumental fund and financially support young classical music talents with a scholarship that gives them the means to fully dedicate themselves to their art.
The Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot Festival celebrates also 15 years of commitment to culture and tradition. Over the years, it has become an irreplaceable event for music and wine lovers, and a privileged rendezvous for the artists and winemakers of Burgundy.
Since its creation, the Festival has been committed to supporting young musicians through the Young Talents grant to help them start their international career more serenely. They have been able to be discover during the Festival’s Young Talents concerts. Since then, they have pursued brilliant careers. Singers such as Lisette Oropesa, Kate Lindsey and Leah Hawkins have been invited by the greatest international opera houses such as the Metropolitan in New York, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Paris Opera and Covent Garden in London. Some of the young instrumentalists, such as Ismaël Margain and Pierre Fouchenneret, are now recognized soloists and chamber music partners. Other instrumentalists have integrated major European orchestras: Johannes Grosso is today solo oboist of the Frankfurt Opera and the Bayreuth Festival, the flutist Mathilde Caldérini is today supersoloist of the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. She was previously principal flute of the Orchestre national de Lille. As for Pierre Génisson, he has just recorded a disc thanks to the Music & Wine grant and performs regularly.
VIOLON ET PIANO
Known for his “disciplined focus and clarity and marvelous dynamic nuance,” (Arts Knoxville) Ray Ushikubo is a 21-year-old Japanese-American pianist and violinist. Ray made his orchestral debut at age 10 with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra in Los Angeles. A recipient of the prestigious Davidson Fellow Laureate Award in 2014, Ushikubo was named a Young Steinway Artist and won the 2017 Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the 2016 Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Engagements in the 2022-23 season include performances with Kansas City Symphony and conductor Thomas Wilkins and with Hilton Head Symphony and conductor Michelle Merrill. Recently, Ushikubo performed with the Reno Philharmonic and conductor Laura Jackson and recorded Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra led by Rafael Payare. Additionally, Ushikubo has soloed with the Fort Collins, Hilton Head, New West, Modesto, Pasadena, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Buffalo, Los Angeles, Reno, and Westchester Philharmonic Orchestras on both piano and violin – sometimes in the same concert. Ray has worked with renowned conductors including Paolo Bortolameolli, Laura Jackson, Jeffrey Kahane, Wes Kenney, David Lockington, Sameer Patel, and John Morris Russell.
Ushikubo also thrives in alternative musical settings. He reunited with the crew of From the Top for a collaboration with Kevin Olusola, member of the Grammy Award-winning group Pentatonix. In 2015, he made a special appear- ance as piano and violin soloist in a concert presented by Grand Performances in Los Angeles featuring traditional classical works alongside jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and electronic musician Daedalus, who “remixed” and improvised around the classical works, crossing the genres of classical, electronic music, and jazz.
Ushikubo received his Bachelor’s degrees at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied piano with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald and violin with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Pamela Frank. Currently, he is enrolled at the Colburn Conservatory of Music pursuing Master of Music degrees where he studies piano with Fabio Bidini and violin with Robert Lipsett.
Italian soprano Martina Russomanno was born in 1995, in Livorno and was only eleven when she began her artistic career as an actress and as a pop singer.
She then began to train as a classical singer in her home city and by the age of fifteen was singing minor roles in operas by Puccini and Mascagni. By 2017 she had joined Michèle Crider’s class at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
In 2020 she made her debut as Juliette (Die tote Stadt) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in 2021 appeared as Vitellia in a college production of La clemenza di Tito at the
Mozarteum. Her most recent appearances have been as Fortuna and Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for the Opéra de Dijon and at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris. Martina Russomanno has won prizes in several competitions, including the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino, the Duschek Competition, the Concorso AsLiCo and the Vincerò International Singing Competition. In 2022, she was awarded with the Prize Cercle Carpeaux of the Paris National Opera.
Since September 2021 she has been a member of the Opera Academy of the Paris Opéra, where she made her debut as Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Giulia (La Scala di Seta)
The festival celebrates the links between music and wine, attracting more and more passionate amateurs from all over the world
More than half of the patrons of Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot are estates and wine houses that provide considerable support to the association and its festival.
A large number of Burgundy estates have been involved in the adventure since the beginning, offering superb tastings and exceptional wines at the mâchons, at the Paulée Musicale, and at the gala dinner. The winegrowers also offer the auction lots: prestigious vintages, tastings at the Domaine, rare experiences, etc.; their support is unfailing and essential for the work of the association – the festival, of course, but also the Instrumental Fund and the Young Talent scholarship.
This year, the tastings of June 25 and 27 at the Château du Clos de Vougeot will bring together, each evening, around 20 estates. The tasting on June 30 at the Château de Meursault will present around 15 estates, featuring Meursault winegrowers. On July 2nd, for the closing tasting of the festival, the winegrowers will offer wines from the Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru appellation, as a tribute to the wine-growing history of Château du Clos de Vougeot, which this year is hosting the 15th edition of the festival.
THE PARTNERS ESTATES
Boisset Famille des Grands Vins, Champagnes Salon Delamotte, Château de la Commaraine, Château de la Tour, Château de Meursault, Clos de Tart, Domaine Amiot Servelle, Domaine Françoise André, Domaine Arlaud, Domaine Ballot-Millot, Domaine Bertagna, Domaine Brigitte Berthelemot, Domaine Billaud-Simon, Domaine Simon Bize, Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Domaine René Bouvier, Domaine Vincent Bouzereau. Domaine Castagnier, Domaine Chanson, Domaine Bruno Clair, Domaine du Clos de La Chapelle, Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine, Domaine Dujac, Domaine Faiveley, Domaine Michel Gaunoux, Château Génot-Boulanger, Domaine Henri Gouges, Domaine Lafarge, Domaine Jessiaume, Domaine des Lambrays, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Domaine Méo-Camuzet, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Domaine de Montille, Domaine Christian Moreau, Domaine Pierre Morey, Domaine Denis Mortet, Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg, Domaine Perrot-Minot, Domaine des Perdrix, Domaine Prieur, Domaine Henri Rebourseau, Domaine Armand Rousseau, Domaine, Comte Senard, Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Domaine Trapet, Domaine de Villaine, Domaine de la Vougeraie, Maison Albert Bichot, Maison Edouard Delaunay, Maison Bouchard Père & Fils.
On July 2nd at the end of the concert by Yoyo Ma and the Orchester des Climats de Bourgogne conducted by Ludovic Morlot, the gala dinner will bring together all the benefactors, artists and Young Talents of the 15th festival. During this gastronomic dinner the festival will sell ten of the auction lots. The auction will also take place online throughout June with other lots on the Sotheby’s website. Hosted by Sotheby ‘s, it will present rare bottles offered directly by Burgundy and Champagne estates and houses, as well as remarkable experiences. This charity sale offers the opportunity to acquire superb bottles directly from the most renowned winemakers in the world.
The auction makes it possible to finance the Instrumental Fund, which now owns 23 stringed instruments, made by the greatest luthiers. They are loaned to young musicians in the course of their studies or at the start of their career following auditions which took place this year on April 5th.
The funds collected during the auction are also used to fund the Young Talents grant and projects undertaken by artists loyal to Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot. This year, the two Young Talents are Ray Ushikubo, American violinist and pianist, and Martina Russomano, soprano.(To reat above).
The Festival helped Pierre Génisson, clarinettist, Young Talent 2011, with the production of his new album, which will be released in the second half of 2023.
The Instrumental Fund provides young musicians with prestigious instruments, shaped by the greatest French and European luthiers. To highlight their fascinating work of creation and restoration, visitors will have the opportunity to visit an artisanal violin-making workshop during the concerts at the Château du Clos Vougeot on June 25 and 27 and July 2. Charles Coquet, world-renowned luthier, will share his work and his passion by revealing the secrets of making an instrument.
“A violin-making workshop at Clos Vougeot is the meeting of two ancestral crafts. The links between vio- lin-making and wine have always seemed relevant to me. We look at the intensity of the color, the transparency, the framework, the architecture… Not to mention the craftsmen themselves, luthiers and winemakers, whose hands, in their shape and condition, betray their relationship to the raw material. The Coquet-Carlier atelier opened its doors in January 2022, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. It is the result of the meeting of Charles Coquet, luthier, and Emma- nuel Carlier, bow maker. We wanted to create a unique place for musicians, where it would be possible to craft, maintain, and restore instruments and bows, but also to come and work on chamber music. It’s done, and our music room has already hosted several quartets for some intense work sessions. It is a great pleasure for us to participate in the festival of Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot, and to help young musicians in their quest for the ideal tool.”
“A violin-making workshop at Clos Vougeot is the meeting of two ancestral crafts. The links between violin-making and wine have always seemed relevant to me.”
THE AUDITIONS, AN ANNUAL EVENT OF THE INSTRUMENTAL FUND
To select the young musicians who will benefit from the loan of a string instrument from the collection of the Fonds Instrumental, Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot relies on a vast network of partners and professionals. Daniel Weissmann, coordinator of the Fonds Instrumental, invites professional musicians for an audition, organized annually at the Couvent des Cordeliers in Beaune. These auditions are the concrete expression of the generosity of the Festival patrons and partner estates which allow the making of the instruments lent to the young talents. The auditions are the concrete expression of the generosity of patrons and domaines to support young musicians by lending them instruments.
From the beginning, Aubert de Villaine, Bernard Hervet and Daniel Weissmann wished to support young musicians by lending them quality instruments, commissioned from renowned luthiers, to start their careers. Each instrument bears the name of one of the 33 Grands Crus of Burgundy, chosen by the patron who finances the instrument.
For the 2023 auditions, the Instrumental fund offers the loan of 9 instruments for a period of 1 to 3 years.
“I’ve learned in my career that projects motivated by passion are the most lasting; Aubert’s and Bernard’s passion for music and for helping the younger generation and mine for stringed
instruments have made this instrumental fund a wonderful adventure with these valuable young musicians.
The trust that was given to me to choose the best luthiers and to order these magnificent instruments from them is one of the sources of my passion. I like to seek out the best craftsman! What the wine lovers do is not much different, but complementary. And our patrons, who have now become friends for many of them, are very invested and motivated when they attend the auditions and realize the benefits of these loans which change the careers and perspectives of these instrumentalists. Our friends at the Friends of Music & Wine in the United States provide us with considerable support and we count on this community of enthusiasts to further enrich our relationship with wood of instruments and wine!”
Every year, at a time when the vineyard is in full swing, the festival brings together music and wine, artists, winegrowers, Burgundy wine connoisseurs and classical music lovers. It is always a unique event thanks to the quality of the wines presented throughout the week, because more than 60 Domaines and Houses offer their wines for tastings and dinners.
The concerts at the Clos de Vougeot and at the Church of Meursault as well as the concert at the Château Philppe le Hardi are preceded by a tasting gathering the best winemakers of the Côte and Burgundy. For this year’s tasting that closes the 15th edition of the festival, Aubert de Villaine and Bernard Hervet have chosen to honor les Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru.
“Every year we look forward to the summer which always begins with the Festival Musique & Vin”
Clos Vougeot Music & Wine Festival
Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot has an exceptional vocation; that of creating a fusion between musicians of international fame and the winegrowers of Burgundy. It offers an amplified experience to its public, pleasure that appeals to both the ears and the palate.
With the recommendations of their artistic advisors Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and thanks to the support of generous patrons and partners, the Festival continues its commitment to support promising young artists alongside the greatest names in the musical world. For ten days, Music & Wine offers its audience the possibility to attend exclusive tastings and exceptional concerts, in a spirit of sharing and simplicity, in order to bring to life this unique encounter of Wine and Musical Excellence!
Our history with this festival is that of the friendship that has bound us together for 22 years, our love for this land of Burgundy and so many memories with those who make up its soul
The Music & Wine week promises to be rich in emotions and we are delighted to see our faithful friends and those who will discover the festival for the first time. Among the artists of this 2023 vintage, the great violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider will join us for a piano trio concert and the soprano Olga Peretyatko will give a recital at Clos de Vougeot. We will also see the return of the immense cellist Yo-Yo Ma for the Gala concert at the Clos de Vougeot in Elgar’s moving concerto conducted by Ludovic Morlot at the head of the Climats de Bourgogne orchestra. As a prelude to the concerts, you will have the opportunity to attend tastings and to meet exceptional winemakers.
GAUTIER CAPUÇON &JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET
MUSIQUE & VIN AU CLOS VOUGEOT FOUNDING SPONSORS
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Faiveley. Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.