Christopher Roberts, former president of Universal Classics:
“Congratulations on the very auspicious beginning of Sforzando - the first Chamber music competition for French elite students from Grand Ecoles or universities. The discovery of new, young talent is both exciting and rewarding for it is young people, both as musicians and as audiences, that will make up the future of classical music. As President of Universal Classics, I am fortunate to work with many of the world's greatest musicians and we all know that our future depends on the committment and enthusiasm of dedicated people such as yourself. I salute Sforzando and wish you great success.
Best regards, Chris Roberts.”
Renaud Capuçon, violonist, former Jury member:
„It was a rather shocking experience in my artistic career. Listening to so-called hobby musicians, the most brillant brains of our country, performing Fauré, Dvorak or Debussy with such an intelligence, a sense for detail and such incredible musicality, and most importantly: with unrivalled passion. This unique event deserves our full attention! You who did not opt for a life as a professional musician, apply quickly! For my part, being called a professional musician, I will always feel deeply moved by your musical thoughts coming from the bottom of the heart. Bravo!!
Christian Knochenhauer, a former participant:
„Many thanks to all who had the idea for this competition. It motivated us to work intensively on a piece of music and to learn how much fun this can be, particularly if the results can be performed in front of a critical and attentive audience. Congratulations to the team, in particular for the choice of the Jury members who took into account the non-professional character of the event and gave open, competent and valuable advice. Their comments have helped us a lot; anybody, even if not chosen for the final round, has benefitted immensely.”
Alice Durand, a former participant:
"I would like to thank you for the warm reception and the excellent organization which helped us immensely in the course of the competition. And I want to encourage you to carry on with this marvellous project as long as possible.“