Breguet and music
200 years of shared history
Breguet has supported art and culture for many years. The firm joined forces with the Geneva Competition in 2002. Eleven years later, this unique partnership between classical music and watchmaking goes from strength to strength.
Music does not come to life without the sensitivity and determination of virtuoso composers and performers. Similarly, the creation of a timepiece involves the expertise of passionate watchmakers and craftsmen. Attention to detail and pursuit of perfection are the everyday task of both. These shared values explain why the finest musicians have always adored Breguet, and, conversely, why the firm is so strongly attracted to classical music.
Over the years, these ties have grown stronger. The House of Breguet is proud once again to help launch the artistic career of a young prodigy. The Breguet ‘Coup de Coeur’ Prize of the 70th Geneva Competition was awarded to Adriana Ferreira, just 23 years old in 2014 when she convinced the jury with his magnificent interpretation of the Flute Concerto of André Jolivet.
The Geneva Competition and Breguet
A partnership of quality
Founded in 1939 by Friedrich Liebstoeckl and Henri Gagnebin, the Geneva Competition is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious music competitions. Each year it offers contests for performers in several different disciplines and, since 2011, composition prizes as well, with the aim of making the most talented young musicians more widely known.
The principles of excellence that were laid down at the beginning still hold true today: international juries of quality and prestige, procedures that are stringent and impartial, care in the reception of candidates, artistic partners of repute, a consistent search for musical quality, and promotion of new music.
The best-known musicians of their time number among the prizewinners of the seventy successive editions of the Geneva Competition, attesting to its prestige. They include the pianists Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Nelson Goerner, the singers Maria Stader, Victoria de Los Angeles, José Van Dam and Annette Dasch, the flautists Aurèle Nicolet, Maxence Larrieu and Emmanuel Pahud, not forgetting Heinz Holliger, Maurice André, Tabea Zimmermann, Nobuko Imai and many others.
Since 2002 the Geneva Competition has found an exceptional partner in Montres Breguet SA: both have the same concern for excellence; both have a prestigious past. Together, for the love of music and of perfection, the two partners have committed themselves to an ambitious process of development for the Geneva Competition, with the aim of remaining faithful to the ideas of its founders: to contribute to making it into a modern annual competition, open to many disciplines, prestigious and with very high standards.
Adriana Ferreira is one of the most remarkable flautists of her generation, earning the highest prizes of the prestigious Geneva and Carl Nielsen competitions, as well as the post of co-soloist at the Orchestre National de France.
In 2010, when she was barely nineteen years old, Adriana won the First Prize, Orchestra Prize and Children’s Jury Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Competition. In 2013, she was awarded 3rd Prize at the Kobe International Competition in Japan, before obtaining First Prize of the Severino Gazzelloni Competition in Italy in 2014. Finally, she won the Geneva International Competition (joint 2nd Prize, the First Prize was not attributed), where she was also honoured by the Coup de Cœur Breguet Special Prize.
In 2012, she won the audition for the position of co-soloist at the Orchestre National de France, position that she currently holds. Performing in numerous festivals (Barcelona, Giverny, Caravane Musicale de Monte-Carlo, Manchester, Copenhagen, Kuhmo, Charlotte…), she played as soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Odense Orchestra, Geneva and Kremlin (Moscow) chamber orchestras.
Adriana Ferreira is working with several composers and has first performed, among others, Joaquim Santos’ Flute Concerto. As a duet with pianist Isolda Crespi, she published in 2011 the CD Danse des Sylphes with Numerica in Portugal, followed in 2015 by a CD for the Falaut collection in Italy.
Born in Portugal, she studied at the Artave Music School (2002-2008) with Joaquina Mota. Laureate of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, she joined the classes of Sophie Cherrier, Vincent Lucas and Pierre Dumail at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (2008-2015), where she has just obtained her diploma (3rd cycle supérieur), under the direction of Hae-Sun Kang. She also studied with Benoît Fromanger at the Berlin Hochschüle Hanns Eisler and holds a Musicology Degree from the Paris-Sorbonne University.
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