March 21, 2013
Born in 1978, Philippe Jaroussky has established himself as one of the major singers in the international musical world, as confirmed by the French Victoires de la Musique, broadcast live on National TV (‘Revelation Artiste Lyrique’ in 2004, ‘Artiste lyrique de l'année’ in 2007 and in 2010, CD of the Year 2009 ) and the Echo Klassik Awards in Germany in 2008.
His technique allows him the most audacious nuances and impressive pyrotechnics. Jaroussky is able to explore a vast Baroque repertoire, from the refinement of the Italian Seicento with Monteverdi, Sances and Rossi to the staggering brilliance of Handel or Vivaldi's arias – the latter being the composer whose music he has sung more than any other these last few years. He has also embraced a very different repertoire, both contemporary and modern, with the pianist Jerôme Ducros: mélodies composed by Marc André Dalbavie from the poems of Louise Labbé and fin-de-siècle French song.
Philippe Jaroussky has worked with the best Baroque orchestras such as L'Arpeggiata, Les Arts florissants, Ensemble Matheus, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert d'Astrée, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie and Europa Galante with conductors including Christina Pluhar, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Jérémie Rhorer, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jean-Claude Malgoire and Fabio Biondi.
His performances have been praised in all the most prestigious concert halls and theaters in France – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Nancy, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre de Caen – and abroad (The Barbican Centre and Southbank Cente in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Staatsoper and Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York...)
Philippe Jaroussky is an exclusive artist to Erato and has received many awards for his recordings with the label. With Heroes (Vivaldi opera arias) and La Dolce Fiamma he achieved Gold disc status; the tribute to Carestini (with le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim) won CD of the year at the Victoires de la Musique in 2008 and at the Midem Classical Awards in 2009; his Stabat Mater with soprano Julia Lezhneva and I Barocchisti picked up the 2014 International Classical Music Awards for best Baroque Vocal Album and Best Opera release. Of the album Farinelli: Porpora Arias, Gramophone wrote: “Jaroussky's rapid passagework in quick heroic arias is precise...but the outstanding moments are slow arias that could have been tailor-made for Jaroussky's sweetly graceful melodic singing.”
In recent years he has performed with Cecilia Bartoli. With the group l’Ensemble Artaserse, which he founded in 2002, he gave the first modern revival of Vinci’s opera Artaserse, as one of five exceptional countertenors cast.