Laureate of the Jardin des Voix, 7ème édition (2015)
"Le Jardin des Voix is an exceptional and very unique experience, because from one day to the next, you are propelled into the life of a seasoned musician. This experience was extremely formative in my career. I would say that the greatest strength of Le Jardin des Voix is the vote of confidence you feel there, because it is at a critical point for us in our lives as young singers, the transition from student life to professional life, which can be delicate. And it is rare at this point and extremely precious to be trusted by professionals of this caliber, who allow us to express ourselves, to arrive with our strengths as well as our weaknesses, and to give us the opportunity to learn, in the field.
The other major strength of this Academy is that we are able to work with different coaches and personalities of very high quality, because we have coaching sessions in music and linguistics, but also in poetry and musicology, and artistic guidance from the entire Arts Florissants team, all of which is extremely valuable to us, particularly with regard to career management and development. There is real exchange within this Academy, and one also feels this when you join the Arts Florissants team. There is a really welcoming and familial ambiance. You very quickly feel at home.
As I was saying, you are propelled into the working conditions of a seasoned musician, and the living conditions, too; so you learn musically, but you also learn to deal with acoustical changes, the travel, the effects of travel on the voice, being far from home and loved ones, speaking multiple languages: things that are hard to learn in school. Le Jardin des Voix is learning on the job; I think this is the best school, the school of the life of a musician. Taking part in this Jardin also makes you part of a family, which is essential, and which I cannot imagine my life without."
(Lea Desandre, 2021)