A not-for-profit foundation supporting young classical musicians

Young BelgianTalentIn the annual Partner meeting of the Bayard Partnership, January 2010, the Partners unanimously agreed to set up a long term program to identify and support Young Belgian Talent that, without additional external support, would find them-selves disadvantaged to reach their ambitions and goals.

The criterion of talent has been defined by the Partners as:
‘Demonstrable exceptional talent and determination in the field of the performing arts, most especially classical virtuoso performers of The Pianoforte, Violin or Violin-Cello’

The Competition

Every three years a new candidate will be selected by a professional review board comprising of the previous ‘YBT’ candidate and representatives from the music academic world, professional music industry, the world of business and leadership and other parties as appropriate.

The selected candidate will be supported by The Bayard Partnership’s special bursary scheme which includes financial support (currently ten thousand EUR, spread over three years), coupled with business, financial, Public Relations and legal and contractual advice. In addition The Bayard Partnership offer hands on, practical support in the areas of PR, marketing and self-promotion, such as, the building of a professional website, organizing at least one concert per year, motivational coaching support and networking events and activities with exposure to the press and other additional potential sponsors.

Young Belgian Talent 2019-2021

Sarah Bayens is our new YBT ‘Winner’. In front of a packed Studio 4 Flagey, Sarah was chosen from the five outstanding finalists as the overall winner. It was an extremely closely fought title, with every finalist in for a very good chance of winning. The public were divided and so were the jury and it came down to merely a matter of personal preference, rather than a clear winner… Congratulations to Sarah, and many thanks to her wonderful YBT colleague finalist: Hanne Beyens, Felix Vermeirsch, Georges-Lucas Ilouridze, Balder Dendievel.

Sarah, 18, comes from Antwerp and studies under Shirly Laub at The Royal Conservatory, Brussels. Sarah wowed us all with her beautiful phrasing and intonation. Sarah has all the ingredients to go on as a soloist one day.

More about Young Belgian Talent here.

Young Belgian Talent 2016-2018

The winner for the Young Belgian Talent competition, 2016 – 2018 is  Vilmos Csikos. Vilmos (°1996) was born in Budapest (Hungary). In 2001 he moved to Belgium where he started to play violin two years later at the age of 7 at the Tchaikovsky Music School with Mr. Igor Tkatchouk. He has continued his violin studies with Mr. Yossif Ivanov at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

In recent years Vilmos has received numerous prizes at national and international competitions. In addition to his participations in competitions Vilmos also has taken part in several master classes and has given concerts. He has collaborated with the Ensemble Orchestral ‘Young Soloists’ from Belgium, the chamber orchestra Aria, the Youth Academy Symphony Orchestra « Slobozhanskiy », the orchestra of The LISZT School of Music Weimar, The Brussels Sinfonietta and The Euregio Jeugdorkest (EJO).

More about Vilmos and Young Belgian Talent here.

Young Belgian Talent 2013-2015

The Bayard Partnership is proud to announce the winner of the Young Belgian Talent competition, 2013 – 2015, 21 year old Aurore Dassesse. Aurore was born in Brussels where she began playing the cello when she was seven years old. She studied with I. Laporev and later on with Justus Grimm at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. She studied for five years with Hélène Dautry and entered in 2009 the CRR of Paris.
Currently, she is studying with Justus Grimm at the Conservatorium of Antwerp.

Aurore has won several national competitions including the “Young Musicians” RTBF competition, Rotary “coup de pouce à un artiste” competition, the Breughel competition and recently won the second prize of the national Lions Club competition.

She has taken part in master classes given by David Cohen, Marie Hallynck, Bruno Pasquier, Xavier Gagnepain, Michel Strauss, the Talich quartet, Jeremy Menuhin, Ivan Monighetti, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Susan Moses, Adrian Brendel, Vladimir Perlin and Gary Hoffman.

More about Aurore here.

Young Belgian Talent 2013-2015

Young Belgian Talent 2013-2015

Young Belgian Talent 2010-2012

For the period: January 2010 to end December 2012 the Bayard Partnership’s ‘ YBT’ prodigy is Aveline Gram, concert pianist. More about Aveline here.