Biography

Raphaël Pichon

Current as of July 2018

French Baroque conductor Raphaël Pichon was born in 1984 and sang as a child at Versailles. He then studied at the Versailles Conservatory before continuing his studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Kenneth Weiss and Howard Crook. He also studied conducting with Pierre Cao and had further training in orchestral conducting with Michel Marc Gervais and Boris Tevlin.

Raphaël Pichon was invited to sing as a countertenor with Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, Gabriel Garrido, Vincent Dumestre and Laurence Equilbey’s ensembles. As a member of Les Cris de Paris, he developed his interest in contemporary repertoire and collaborated with groups such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, 2e2m, TM+ and Linea. His operatic appearances include the Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), the Shade of Bussiride (Ercole amante) and Nutrice (Giuditta).

Following the completion of his formal education, Raphaël Pichon founded the chamber choir OTrente, specializing in Romantic and contemporary repertoire, as well as founding a period instrument orchestra performing Classical and Romantic works. In 2005 he founded Ensemble Pygmalion, an orchestra and chorus of young professionals dedicated to period instrument performance, with whom he has appeared at renowned festivals in France and abroad. With them he has also recorded the complete Bach short masses, winning numerous awards. Other recent, highly acclaimed recordings include Missa 1733, Dardanus from Versailles and Bach’s Trauermusik BWV 244a.

Other conducting appearances include Gassmann’s L’opera seria in Nantes in 2010, a staged version of Bach’s St John Passion with the Holland Baroque Society and the Nationale Reisopera, the Christmas Oratorio with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, a cappella works by Brahms and Bruckner at La Folle Journée in Nantes and the Festival International de Piano La Roque d’Anthéron and a series of Rameau operas in Beaune, Versailles and Bordeaux. He also received particular praise for his 2013 performances of Hippolyte et Aricie at Versailles.

Future engagements include Castor et Pollux, Bach’s St John Passion and the Mass in B minor, a new production by Katie Mitchell at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and productions at the Opéra de Bordeaux, the Opéra Comique, Versailles, the Paris Opéra, the Salle Pleyel, the Beaune, La Chaise-Dieu, Oslo and St Denis Festivals and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

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