24 February, 2016




The Prix Thierry Scherz, sponsored by the Fondation Pro Scientia et Arte, awarded jointly to 23-year-old French pianist Guillaume Bellom (left in above image) and 15-year-old Irish pianist Kevin Jansson (right in above image)



Kevin Jansson, who has been a piano student of Mary Beattie since the age of six at the CIT Cork School of Music, has just been announced as the joint winner of the Prix Thierry Scherz at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival which took place in Switzerland earlier this month. 

Kevin was one of eight international performers invited by German pianist Joseph Moog to perform piano recitals to compete for this award.  At 15 years old he was the youngest participant with many of the others already pursuing professional careers as performers. 

The prize gives Kevin the opportunity to record a debut solo piano CD which will be produced and promoted by the Swiss record label Claves later this year. 

Kevin has already developed a reputation as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation in Ireland.  He gave his first piano recital at the age of 12 and one year later was accepted onto the William Finlay Programme for Gifted Pianists, a mentoring programme run by the Dublin International Piano Competition. 

In May 2014 he received a standing ovation from a packed Curtis Auditorium when he was the soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor with the CSM Chamber Orchestra directed by Geoffrey Spratt.  In November 2014 Kevin was one of 12 pianists selected worldwide to attend the Allianz Lang Lang International Music Foundation Junior Music Camp in Barcelona culminating in a public concert masterclass with Lang Lang. He has won the CSM Junior Concerto Competition on both piano and violin and has also won many competitions at Feis Maitiu and Feis Ceoil taking five first prizes in Dublin Feis Ceoil in 2015.  He has been guest performer at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and has recently been soloist on piano and violin with the CSM Chamber Orchestra at the National Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. 

Kevin is also the current joint holder of the National Concert Hall Young Musician’s Award for Strings.  Having begun his violin studies with Una Kindlon he has been a student of Ruxandra Petcu Colan at the CIT Cork School of Music since 2010.  He has performed as soloist with the Cork Youth Orchestra in the Cork City Hall and the RTE National Concert Orchestra at the Cork Opera House 160th Anniversary Gala Celebration last June.

Kevin has attended masterclasses on both instruments in Ireland, Austria, Germany and Romania and is currently studying for his Junior Certificate at Presentation Brothers College Cork.  



Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad:
Three young pianists to receive two prestigious awards
Guillaume Bellom and Kevin Jansson
Awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz

Sponsored by the Fondation Pro Scientia et Arte

Rémi Geniet
Winner of the Prix André Hoffmann

GSTAAD, 22 FEBRUARY 2016 – The 16th Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad has awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz, sponsored by the Fondation Pro Scientia et Arte, jointly to 23-year-old French pianist Guillaume Bellom and 15-year-old Irish pianist Kevin Jansson. 23-year-old French pianist Rémi Geniet has been awarded the Prix André Hoffmann.
The three prizewinners gave their concerts in the chapel of Gstaad as part of the ‘Young Talent’ series.

The Prix Thierry Scherz is awarded for the best performance in the ‘Young Talent’ series, offering the winners the opportunity to record their first CD. This year, the jury, comprising Renaud Capuçon, the festival’s artistic director, Joseph Moog, pianist and series mentor, Thierry Escaich, contemporary composer in residence, and Dominique Fernandez from the Académie Française, awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz jointly to Guillaume Bellom and Kevin Jansson. The two pianists will each record their first CD recital in the course of 2016 with Claves Records, who will also promote the recordings.

Rémi Geniet will receive the Prix André Hoffmann, endowed with 5000 Swiss francs, for the best performance of a contemporary work by Thierry Escaich.


An organizational success
The 2016 festival, the first devised and programmed by Renaud Capuçon, took place from 29 January to 6 February and was a great success. The concerts played to consistently packed halls of enthusiastic music-lovers. Renaud Capuçon, who was born and raised in the Savoie region of France, expressed his delight at having the
opportunity to combine two of his passions in the festival’s theme, ‘Music and the mountains’. The intimacy and magical setting of the churches that double as the Gstaad festival’s concert halls were a particularly charming source of inspiration for Capuçon as he planned the Festival programme.

The 17th Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad will take place from 27 January to 4 February 2017


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