3rd Annual Piano Festival at Sea

7 days / 6 nights
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    3rd Annual Piano Festival at Sea

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 2 June 2018 to 8 June 2018
    7 days / 6 nights

    Departure Port : Honfleur
    Arrival Port : Bergen

    Ship : LE BOREAL

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    In partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE.

    Ponant invites you to experience a timeless voyage set to music, along the most stunning shores of Northern Europe, between France and Norway.

    From Honfleur to Bergen, you will sail aboard Le Boréal for a 7-day cruise run in partnership with Radio Classique. You will be joined on board by exceptional pianists such as Alain Duault, a true ambassador of classical music.

    As we leave the Norman coast, we will head north to Belgium and Ostende. Among other scenery, you will be able to admire its sea front and the sumptuous Belle Epoque-style façades which bear witness to the town’s rich past as a seaside resort.

    The next day, you will discover Amsterdam. From its languorous canals to its world-famous museums, Amsterdam is a city full of contrasts, brimming with unusual places to discover as you amble through the streets.

    Your cruise will continue to Norway, where you will make three stops to discover this fascinating country. You will have the privilege of sailing in the famous “Lysefjord” (light fjord), flanked by granite cliffs.

    Bergen, which is known for its tall mountains that overlook the city, will be the last port of call on this cruise to Northern Europe.

    Highlights

    • Musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, in the presence of Alain Duault, accompanied by a line-up of exceptional pianists;
    • 4 different countries visited: France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Norway;
    • New: sailing in the Lysefjord, meaning the “fjord of light”, flanked by granite cliffs that are several hundred metres high;
    • Unesco World Heritage Sites: Bruges from Ostend, Amsterdam and its canals, Bergen and the Hanseatic port of Bryggen.

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      LE BOREAL

      Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

      Interior Design
      Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

      Port of call & excursions

      2 June 2018 – Ostend

      Honfleur

      Embarkation 02/06/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 02/06/2018 at 18H00 .

      A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbour, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.

      3 June 2018 – Ostend

      3 June 2018 – Ostend

      Arrival 03/06/2018 midday. Departure 03/06/2018 late afternoon.

      Located on the Flemish coastline, half way between France and the Netherlands, the elegant city of Ostend is a favourite summer destination for Belgians. You can enjoy the “queen of beaches”, a stretch of fine white sand punctuated by breakwaters, covered by the North Sea at high tide. The seafront boasts sumptuous facades from the Belle Epoque, such as Villa Maritza, which stands witness to this seaside town’s rich past. Art amateurs will enjoy the excellent Kunstmuseumaan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.

      4 June 2018 – Amsterdam

      4 June 2018 – Amsterdam

      Arrival 04/06/2018 midday. Departure 04/06/2018 late evening.

      Amsterdam is above all a city of water. Omnipresent, it guides the traveller’s steps, from street to street, from canal to canal, its bridges seeming to bend their arches to form allegiances with him. Let yourself fall in love with the grace and romanticism that emanate from this charming scene. Known around the world for its museums and the finest collection of the Dutch and Flemish masters of the golden age, this city is home to many other treasures. Take a stroll through the old district or pay a visit to a diamond house – do not miss this “treasure chest” of the Netherlands.

      5 June 2018 – At sea

      5 June 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 05/06/2018. Departure 05/06/2018.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      6 June 2018 – Stavanger

      6 June 2018 – Stavanger

      Arrival 06/06/2018 early morning. Departure 06/06/2018 midday.

      At the far end of the country, stands the harbour town of Stavanger, with its warm, friendly atmosphere. A friendliness you’ll notice in the little old town cobbled streets, which has some 170 old wooden houses, as well as in its modern city centre, always bustling.

      6 June 2018 – Sailing in Lysefjorden

      6 June 2018 – Sailing in Lysefjorden

      Arrival 06/06/2018. Departure 06/06/2018.

      You will sail into the heart of one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, its marvellous décor dominated by pristine nature, between vertiginous granite cliffs, crystal-clear waters and luxuriant vegetation. Very close to Stavanger, the quiet waters of Lysefjorden stretch out over around forty kilometres, beneath impressive rocks. Admire the world-famous site of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a majestic cliff in the shape of a pulpit that rises to more than 600 metres above the waters. A bit further on, Flørli, from the top of its 4,444 steps, is the world’s longest wooden stairway, whereas the Kjerag, with its mythical boulder wedged between two rock faces, provides an unusual and unforgettable spectacle. 

      7 June 2018 – Bekkjarvik

      7 June 2018 – Bekkjarvik

      Arrival 07/06/2018 early morning. Departure 07/06/2018 midday.

      Welcome to a small, typically Norwegian village. Located on the north-east of Selbjørn Island, in Hordaland county, this historical former trading port has managed to retain all its authenticity. The four great burial mounds atop the King’s Mountain were long prominent landmarks for the Viking boats sailing in the region.

      7 June 2018 – Bergen

      7 June 2018 – Bergen

      Arrival 07/06/2018 early afternoon. Departure 07/06/2018.

      Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable openair museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, jewellers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss the visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

      8 June 2018▸7 June 2018 – Bergen

      Bergen

      Disembarkation 08/06/2018 at 07H00 .

      Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable openair museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, jewellers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss the visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      Musical cruise with Radio Classique

      Musical cruise with Radio Classique

      For this latest edition of the Piano at Sea Festival, several generations of French pianists will be crossing paths aboard our ships, under the artistic direction of Alain Duault - including a Ukrainian pianist who has chosen to settle in France. All have their hearts set on expressing themselves musically through their different repertoires.

      Natacha Kudritskaya

      Marie-Josèphe Jude

      Jean-Philippe Collard

      Jean Marc Luisada

      Pierre-Yves Plat

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      Xavier Darcos

      Theme

      MUSIC

      MUSIC

      Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.

      A waterborne musical journey

      Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.

      These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.

      An exceptional selection of artists*

      Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.

      According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.

      Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.

       

      *See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Jean-Philippe Collard

      Jean-Philippe Collard

      Specialised in French music for piano and with a discography of over 60 records to his name, Jean-Philippe Collard has been travelling the world for many years in order to share his passion.

      From a large, music-loving family, Jean-Philippe Collard left his native Champagne region very young to attend the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. At sixteen he was unanimously awarded the Conservatory's First Prize diploma, and subsequently he has won many others: the first prize at the Long-Thibaud Competition in 1969, then the first prize at the Cziffra Competition in 1970.

      He plays with the most prestigious French and foreign orchestras, performing a wide repertory of musical works with talent. From the French National Orchestra to London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and, among others, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Montreal’s Philharmonic Orchestras, Jean-Philippe Collard has left his mark on the international scene. He collaborates with the greatest conductors such as Michel Plasson, Georges Prêtre, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Simon Rattle and Seiji Ozawa.

      Artistic Director of Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims since 2011, he founded the Académie de musique française pour piano (French Music Academy for Piano) in 2016.

      Jean-Philippe Collard is also a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, a Knight of the National Order of Merit and a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

      Languages spoken: French, English

      Photo credit: Bernard Martinez

      Alain Duault

      Alain Duault

      The novelist, poet, journalist, musicologist and radio and television presenter Alain Duault has been sharing his passion for and knowledge of classical music for more than 30 years. Considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France he is now President of the Prix Pelléas jury, and has been made an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

      Alain Duault studied literature, philosophy and psycho-analysis in Paris, then musicology and piano. His first TV appearance was as a guest of Bernard Pivot for his book of poems, Colorature. This led to a number of radio programmes dedicated to classical music, notably on RTL, the radio station where Alain Duault would be “Mr Classical Music” for 22 years, before joining Radio Classique with daily slots . A role that he also took on for the France 3 television channel, presenting a number of exceptional programmes (masterclasses with Ruggero Raimondi in the Salle Gaveau, Musiques en fête at the Chorégies d d’Orange festival…).

      In 1999, he conceived and presented Intégrale Chopin (225 works, 60 pianists), broadcast on France 3. Then in 2001, he wrote and performed an ambitious and very popular show, Verdi, une passion, un destin (with Jean Piat and 250 musicians). In the wake of this success, he wrote and performed two other shows:  Victor Hugo, la légende d’un siècle in 2002 and Rencontre avec George Sand (with Marie-Christine Barrault) in 2004 and 2005.

      Alain Duault also puts his writing skills to the service of classical music. The author of a number of books, including Dans la peau de Maria Callas, (Le Passeur Editeur, 2014, pocket edition, 2017); Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l’Opéra (Plon Gründ, 2016). Ce léger rien des choses qui ont fui, poetry (Gallimard 2017), he also writes editorials for Classica.

      Language spoken: French

      Photo credit: Laurent Rouvrais @Radio Classique 

      Xavier Darcos

      Xavier Darcos

      With a higher teacher's diploma in classical literature and a PhD in the arts and humanities, Xavier Darcos began his career teaching preparatory classes. In 1992, he was appointed senior school inspector at the Ministry of National Education. Then from 1993 to 1995 he was chief of staff to Education Minister, François Bayrou, and then advisor on education and culture to Prime Minister Alain Juppé.

      From 1995 to 1998 he was head of the school inspection department in the Ministry of National Education. He was also Professor of Comparative Literature at the Paris IV-Sorbonne University.

      He is the author of books on history and schooling theories, the culture of diplomacy and Latin authors, and he is a member of the Académie française and the Académie des sciences morales et politiques.

      Elected Mayor of Périgueux in 1997 and Senator in the Senate for the Dordogne in 1998, he was a member of the Aquitaine Regional Council from 2004 to 2014.

      He has been a minister four times: Minister of School Education (2002-2004); Minister of Development, Cooperation and Francophony (2004-2005); Minister of National Education (2007-2009); and Minister of Labour, Social Relations, Family and Solidarity (2009-2010).

      Nominated “Ambassador, entrusted with France’s external action abroad” in 2010, he was tasked with creating the Institut français and served as its first Executive Chair from 2011 to 2015. He has since become an “Ambassador for the development of the French language abroad” and has been the Chancellor of the Institut de France since December 2017.

      Xavier Darcos is a Commander of the Legion of Honour, an Officer of the National Order of Merit, a Commander of the Academic Palms and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.

      Language spoken: French

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      Jean-Marc Luisada

      Jean-Marc Luisada

      Jean-Marc Luisada was taught by Marcel Ciampi and Denyse Rivière before going to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. Back in France and after having obtained two First Prize diplomas in piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, he continued to work with Nikita Magaloff and Paul Badura-Skoda. A prize-winner at the famous International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1985, he was then propelled onto the international scene, particularly Japan where he returns every year and is welcomed by a loyal audience. He has an impressive discography, largely based, of course, on the romantic repertory, from Chopin, naturally, to Schumann, Liszt, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Grieg but also Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Debussy and Granados.

      Showered with accolades and invited to play in the finest halls, the largest festivals and under the direction of the most eminent conductors, he nevertheless still saves a little time for his passion for cinema, which has resulted in him building up a private collection of over 8,000 films! Moreover, it is this passion that led him to became close to Jeanne Moreau, with whom he recorded Poulenc’s L’Histoire de Babar, and then to other actors such as Macha Méril, Marie-Christine Barrault, Nicolas Vaude and Bruno Putzulu. Committed to transmission, Jean-Marc Luisada has been a teacher at the École Normale de Musique in Paris for twelve years.

      He has been made a Knight of the National Order of Merit and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

      Language spoken: French

      Photo credit: Sony Music

      Marie Josèphe Jude

      Marie Josèphe Jude

      Marie-Josèphe Jude was born in Nice in 1968 to a French father and a Sino-Vietnamese mother. She started to learn piano and harp in her home city before joining the Conservatoire de Paris encouraged by G. Cziffra. She worked with Aldo Ciccolini (piano) and Jean Hubeau (chamber music) and was awarded a first prize diploma in piano and a bachelor’s degree in harp performance at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. She then pursued further studies with Jean-Claude Pennetier.

      She then began making the rounds of halls and festivals all over the world, playing as a soloist or as part of a chamber music ensemble with Henri Demarquette, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian, Pascal Moraguès, the Quatuor Debussy….

      Aged 17, she met the composer Maurice Ohana who made her one of his favourite performers and gave her a taste for contemporary music. In 2009, she created Philippe Fénelon’s 2nd concerto and regularly plays contemporary music.

      Regularly she collaborates on ballets with her brother Charles Jude, “danseur étoile” and director of the Bordeaux Ballet.

      Her encounter in 1993 with René Gambini, founder of the LYRINX label, was decisive: for this company, she exclusively recorded the complete works for piano by Brahms, then Mendelssohn, Jolivet, Clara Schumann, Dutilleux-Ohana, Beethoven.

      Marie-Josèphe Jude has also been teaching at the CNSM in Paris since 2016.

      Languages spoken: French, English

      Photo credit: Éric Manas

      Natacha Kudritskaya

      Natacha Kudritskaya

      After her very thorough musical training at the Lysenko Music School in Ukraine until the age of 17, young Natacha gained her first experiences during three tours with the Symphonic Orchestra of Kiev in the USA between 1996 and 2002.

      She soon after integrated the Tchaïkovski National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev and studied simultaneously in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In 2007, she graduated with the highest distinctions and honours of the jury.

      Four personalities have left their imprint on Natacha’s pianistic technique. First, Alain Planès, “my first professor, simply the representation of elegance, possessed a sheer sophisticated style”. Then came Jacques Rouvier, “very attached to the text, a rigorous and meticulous personality”. Her encounter with Ferenc Rados in Budapest, later on, was crucial: “he taught me how to read in between the notes” and, finally, Henri Barda “felt like a hurricane devastating my whole work and training, for there to reign only the power of music”.

      Rameau’s work marked a turning point in her approach of pianistic technique and she dedicated two albums to this composer.

      2009 was the year of competitions, before a period of further training, the first recitals and an opening-up to chamber music, which she still plays regularly. Natacha Kudritskaya was invited to perform in the most prominent festivals and concert halls across France and Europe.

      Since 2015 Natacha Kudritskaya has been part of Universal Music catalogue and her first album, Nocturnes, is released by Deutsche Grammophon.

      Languages spoken: French, English, Russian, Ukrainian

      Photo credit: Sandrine Expilly

       

      Pierre -Yves Plat

      Pierre -Yves Plat

      Is he classical or is he jazz? Pierre-Yves Plat cannot be classified. Thanks to his musical sensitivity and his amazing virtuosity, he magnificently transforms classical tunes through his ragtime renditions of Chopin and reinterpretations of Bach with salsa rhythms… His sublime talent rouses the public, astounding them with his improvisations and the fantasy of his performance.

      Bach, Chopin, Beethoven and many others interact with our era under the fingers of this young virtuoso, full of audacity and humour. 

      A pianist to discover and to follow!

      Languages spoken: French, English

      Photo credit: André Callewaert

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        02/06/2018 – Transfer by coach from Paris CDG airport (Terminal 2) to the port of Honfleur

        90.00 $ **

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        02/06/2018 – Transfert by Coach from Paris to the Port of Honfleur

        90.00 $ **

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