The Prix Pelléas - Radio Classique 2024

The Prix Pelléas – Radio Classique 2024 was awarded this Thursday, March 28 to Charlie Roquin. The prize was awarded for Les maîtres de Bayreuth, published by Cherche Midi.

The prize, created in 1997 as part of the Nohant Festival Chopin, is awarded each year for “the most literary work on music”.

Chaired by Alain Duault, the jury includes Marie-Aude Roux, Lola Gruber, Georges Liébert, Sylvain Fort, Benoît Duteurtre, Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves, Bertrand Dermoncourt, Jean-Yves Clément and Ivan Alexandre.

Since its creation in 1997, the Prix Pelléas – Radio Classique has found its place at the heart of Les Deux Magots, becoming a not-to-be-missed event for music and literature enthusiasts.

The Prix Pelléas - Radio Classique 2024

The winning entry: Moshe Griebnisch, the renowned Wagner critic, visits the Bayreuth Festival every year, where his opinions are eagerly awaited. After each performance, he speaks in a crowded tavern where his audience throngs to hear him. But an unexpected event disrupts his routine: a young stranger publicly confronts him with disconcerting insolence. Who is he and where does he come from? This seemingly musical dispute hides an old family grudge that leads this stranger to Bayreuth. Driven by fiery verbal jousting and escalating dramatic tension, this story questions human duality with virtuosity.

The author: Paris-born Charlie Roquin is deeply rooted in the artistic and cultural life of the capital, where he currently lives and works. In his first novel, “Métadata”, he offers an acerbic critique of the corporate world and contemporary information-saturated society. His second book, “Le Roi”, published in 2022 by Editions du Cherche Midi, is a captivating tale of the unlikely rise of a pretender to the throne in contemporary France.

This 27th edition took place at Les Deux Magots, and was as rich in emotion as it was in fascinating exchanges. Guests looked forward to discovering the talent and vision of this author, and diving into the world of his award-winning work. In the lively, elegant atmosphere of this iconic venue, literature once again came to life under the spotlight.