Young BelgianTalent
In 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’

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 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.

Pictures of the event can be viewed by clicking this link

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.