June 06, 2014
Erato signs harpsichordist Jean Rondeau as an exclusive artist
Just 23 years old, the French harpsichord sensation is now recording his first album, dedicated to the music of Bach.
Alain Lanceron, President of Warner Classics and Erato, is proud to announce the exclusive signing of French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, one of the most promising and original artists of his generation. His debut recording, dedicated to the music of JS Bach, is slated for release in February 2015 on the Erato label.
At just 21, Jean Rondeau took First Prize at the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition, where critics praised “a virtuosity that allows him to dash off lightning appogiaturas, phrasing that nourishes and refreshes the drama, lively, ardent, captivating and always dynamically charged” (La Libre Belgique). He is also a recipient of the European Union Baroque Orchestra Development Trust, awarded to Europe’s brightest young performers. At the Paris Conservatoire he received a broad education across various disciplines: harpsichord, of course (with Olivier Baumont, Blandine Rannou and Kenneth Weiss as mentors), but also piano, jazz and improvisation, composition, orchestral and choral conducting. Rondeau continued his training at London’s Guildhall School of Music and in several masterclasses with Christophe Rousset, among others.
He has gone on to claim numerous international awards and in 2013 received the Francophone Public Radio Young Soloist Prize. Whether solo or in chamber and orchestral settings, Jean Rondeau has performed in his native France and throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. He recently took part in a concert series of Bach’s complete harpsichord works at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, alongside Andreas Staier, Ton Koopman, Bob Van Asperen, Rinaldo Alessandrini and other luminaries of the instrument.
Rondeau performs regularly with the orchestra Les Ambassadeurs under the direction of Alexis Kossenko, and is a member of the Baroque ensemble Nevermind. Playing his own compositions as founding member of the group Note Forget – The Project, he sometimes leaves the world of the harpsichord behind to indulge in a little jazz.