Christophe Rousset

Conductor / Harpsichord
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The founder of the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques and internationally recognised harpsichordist Christophe Rousset is a musician and conductor inspired by a passion for opera and the rediscovery of the European musical heritage.

His studies at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, then at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (winning the coveted 1st Prize in the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition at the age of 22), followed by the creation of his own ensemble in 1991, have enabled Christophe Rousset to obtain a perfect grasp of the richness and diversity of the Baroque, Classical and pre-Romantic repertoires.

Christophe Rousset is now invited to appear with Les Talens Lyriques all over Europe as well as on tour in other parts of the world. He continues to pursue an active career as a harpsichordist and chamber musician, playing and recording on some of the world’s finest period instruments. Teaching is of paramount importance to Christophe Rousset, who gives many master-classes and academies.

He also appears regularly as a guest conductor. Christophe Rousset is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour, a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, and a Knight of the National Order of Merit.