Chloé Dufresne (26) is from France and currently studies conducting at Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. Last August, Chloé was Assistant to Sakari Oramo with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and in November 2018 she will take part in the conducting showcase in collaboration with the Philharmonie de Paris.
Where are you at the moment?
I am in Paris studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, as part of my Erasmus program at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
When did you first become interested in conducting?
When I was singing in children's choirs at the opera – I was around 10 years old.
Who are your musical role models?
Among others: Paavo Jarvi, Barbara Hannigan, Susanna Mälkki, Janine Jansen ...
How have you been preparing for the competition?
Preparation includes many things, but mostly I am learning the repertoire.
What are your thoughts on the repertoire?
The repertoire is varied and covers many different musical aesthetics. I am particularly looking forward to conducting Wagner's Meistersinger Prelude. I don't get to conduct Wagner's music often, but it has always been a memorable experience. To conduct this music with the LSO would be an honor. I also look forward to Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 with soloist Vadim Repin!
What is the piece that made you fall in love with music, either while performing it as a musician or experiencing it as an audience member?
Bach's Cantata BWV 4, as an audience member. I had the chance to perform it in the choir later on. And maybe Poulenc Litanies à la Vierge noire!
What is your all-time favourite piece of music?
How do you relax? What are your hobbies?
Meeting my friends and going hiking.
If there is anything you could change about classical music, what would it be?
Maybe the name 'classical'. Some people have prejudices against it and don't even try to listen to classical music because of that label.
What advice would you give other budding conductors?
Just to make music with people, and with a spirit of sharing.
What would the prize mean to you?
Being the LSO's Assistant Conductor is a big opportunity to work with renowned conductors and learn from their experience, and to conduct an orchestra working at the highest level. The money would help to finance personal musical projects, probably around opera and contemporary music.