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On October 29, HE Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco in France, accompanied by his wife, represented Prince Albert at the finals of the ninth Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition, which is held in the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris.
The competition took place over three days and brought together 33 duos of 17 different nationalities. Each of the six finalist teams presented a programme that included a “Sonnet” by Benoît Mernier, a piece composed especially for this ninth edition and a melody by Lili or Nadia Boulanger
This year, the Duo Chant-Piano Grand Prix, Monaco’s Rainier III Prize of €12,000, awarded with the support of the Sovereign Prince, was awarded to the French mezzo-soprano, Ambroisine Bré, 29, and Chinese pianist Qiaochu Li, 28. The duo also received a Special Mention for the best interpretation of “Sonnet”.
The German Lied Prize (€6,000) honoured soprano Sophia Burgos and pianist Daniel Gerzenberg and the Prix de Mélodie, the French song prize (€6,000) soprano Marie-Laure Garnier and pianist Cécilia Oneto-Bensaid.
The Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition is a springboard for the career of these young musicians, opening the doors to various festivals in France and abroad.
A second person has died from Covid-19 in Monaco. Meanwhile, the Principality’s Minister of State has fully recovered from the virus.
Now more than ever, health is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. On 7th April, we have an opportunity to thank the nurses and midwives of the Principality during World Health Day 2020.
Monaco’s support workers caring for the most vulnerable in the community are making heroic efforts to maintain vital ties to the elderly and disabled, whilst trying to remain safe themselves during the crisis.
Since confinement began on 18th March, the Monaco police force has made 11,000 traffic checks on drivers entering the Principality.