Christophe Rousset is a musician and orchestral conductor inspired by a passion for opera and the rediscovery of Europe’s musical heritage.
He studied harpsichord at La Schola Cantorum in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus, and subsequently at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Bob van Asperen, winning the prestigious First Prize in the 7th Bruges Harpsichord Competition at the age of 22. This was followed by the creation of his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991. At the heart of the ensemble is Rousset's academic research and specialism in the music of the Baroque, Classical and pre-Romantic periods.
Having initially attracted the notice of the international press and record companies with his extraordinary talent as a harpsichordist, he soon went on to make his mark as a gifted conductor, earning invitations to perform with his ensemble at venues throughout the world (Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, United Kingdom).
Alongside this, he has continued to pursue an active career as harpsichordist and chamber musician, performing and recording on the most beautiful period instruments with the works for harpsichord of F. Couperin, Rameau, d’Anglebert, Forqueray, Bach, Pancrace Royer, Rameau and Froberger. His album devoted to a musical monument by the German Cantor, Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier (Aparté) – recorded at the Château of Versailles on a harpsichord by Joannes Ruckers (1628) –, has won numerous awards, including a “Choc” from Classica magazine and “CD of the Week” from BBC Radio 3.
Teaching is also an aspect with major importance for Christophe Rousset, who conducts and organises master classes and academies for young people everywhere in Europe. Christophe Rousset also has a career as guest conductor.
Christophe Rousset has been awarded the French honours of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite.
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