Lucienne Renaudin Vary
• Born 1999
French trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary can be called a prodigy, making major concert appearances in French venues throughout her teenage years and releasing her first major-label album at 18. Her training and her debut album on Warner Classics have been notable for their mixture of classical, jazz, and pop repertory.
Vary was born in Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, France, on January 28, 1999. Showing talent early on the trumpet, she enrolled at the Conservatory of Le Mans in 2007, taking classical trumpet lessons from Philippe Lafitte and jazz instruction from Santiago Quintans. At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, she matriculated at first as a classical trumpet student, under Clément Garrec, but in 2017 she added jazz and improvisation to her course of study. Vary's record of strong competition showings began in 2010 with a win at the Selmer Le Parnasse contest, and in November of that year she finished third in the European Competition for Young Trumpet Players, even though the contest was for players 14 through 17, and she was only 11.
Vary made her first festival appearances in 2012 at the Eurochestrie and Annecy festivals. In 2013 she appeared on French television in a tribute to trumpeter Maurice André, and by 2014 she had a busy festival schedule that included appearances in Colmar, Antibes, and Royan, performing at the last-named in a duet with star English trumpeter Alison Balsom. She also gave her first major jazz concert that year, in Le Mans at the city's Nuit de chimères event. Since then, she has divided her time roughly equally between classical and jazz appearances. Vary won a Victoire de la musique classique award in 2016 in the category of Instrumental Soloist Revelation. She made a guest soloist appearance at the Cartagena Music Festival in Colombia in 2017, becoming the festival's youngest-ever soloist and making her debut in the Americas.
In 2013 Vary made her recording debut on an album by French trumpeter Guy Touvron, playing a work by Benedetto Marcello and joining Touvron on two-trumpet concertos by Saverio Mercadante and G.F. Handel. In 2016 she was signed to the Warner Classics label and issued her solo debut, The Voice of the Trumpet, the following year. The program combined classical works, few of them standards, with jazz treatments of Broadway hits.