Antoine Villéger, a 14 year old composer and pianist born in Vancouver, is a graduate of DipLCM in Performance (Recital) of the London College of Music, University of West London and of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). He first studied composition with Alexander Pechenyuk and has worked under the guidance of Juno Award-winning composer Michael Conway Baker. He studies piano with pianist Svetlana Ponomarëva.
Antoine is a winner and a laureate of international and national composers / piano competitions in Canada, Europe (Spain, Luxembourg) and Russia.
His orchestral compositions were performed in Canada by the Lions Gate Sinfonia orchestra and conductor Clyde Mitchell (“The Battle” 2015, “Song without Words” 2018, “The Story of a Theme” 2019, “North Shore Waltz” 2020) and by the Kessler Academy at Music on Main concert series in Vancouver (2019).
Antoine’s choral composition “The Butterfly and The Bee” after a poem by E. Dickinson was premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir and conductor Jon Washburn in 2019 at the 14th Biennial Young Composer’s Competition where it garnered two prizes: the First Place in Elementary Division and a “Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Composition”.
Antoine freely speaks English, French and Russian and in his free time likes to play tennis and chess, reading and acting.
Jean Froidevaux wrote a wonderful story by bringing together the piano and the harpsichord, two instruments with dissimilar sounds. Originally the promise of a composer to two musicians to compose a work for them. From this promise springs a story. China for the crystalline sounds of the harpsichord, an initiatory tale that allows all the nuances of the piano.
The famous painter Cheng-Bô saw his soul mate one night and stopped painting: his hand was tightened and could no longer even hold a brush. From then on, Cheng-Bô never stopped finding this woman seen in a dream…
The book is beautifully illustrated in watercolour by the French-speaking painter Gilles-Emmanuel Fiaux (www.gef-art.ch).
The CD of Jean Froidevaux allows you to hear this tale through the voices of Vincent Favrod (reciter and percussion) and the storyteller Daphnée Béguin. And to appreciate the musical work, a marriage of the piano of Hjalmar Berg, professor at the Vevey Conservatory, and the harpsichord of Martine Reymond, organist at the Saint-Vincent temple in Montreux.
A wonderful book, which will delight children and adults alike with its aesthetic appeal
Jean Froidevaux studied piano with Ernest Vuillemin and organ with François Demierre. He obtained his higher diploma as an organist at the Institut de Ribaupierre in Lausanne (with honors). He then studied harmony, counterpoint, music history and composition with Aloÿs Fornerod and obtained a teaching diploma in the theoretical branches of music at the Conservatoire de Fribourg (with summa cum laude). Interested in the training of young musicians, he joined the Swiss Society of Musical Pedagogy, where he spent several years on its committee. With Mrs. Marie-Louise Sérieyx he co-wrote a treatise on counterpoint. He composed for piano, organ, harpsichord, chamber music, brass band, orchestra, voice and choir.