Philippe Jaroussky & Artaserse



Philippe Jaroussky & Artaserse

A little over 30 years old, the counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky has already won a pre-eminent place in the international musical landscape, as confirmed by the Victoires de la Musique (Revelation Lyric Artist in 2004 and then Lyric Artist of the Year in 2007 and 2010) and, recently, the prestigious Echo Klassik Awards in Germany, at the 2008 ceremony in Munich (Singer of the Year) then the 2009 in Dresden (with L’Arpeggiata).

With a technical mastery that allows him the most daring nuances and the most perilous pyrotechnies, Philippe Jaroussky has invested an extremely broad repertoire in the baroque field, from the refinements of the Italian Seicento with composers such as Monteverdi, Sances or Rossi up to the dazzling virtuosity of Händel or other Vivaldi, the latter being without a doubt the composer he has most frequently served in recent years. He has very recently approached the preclassical period, with the work of Johann Christian Bach in the company of the Circle of Harmony. Philippe Jaroussky also explored French melodies accompanied by pianist Jérôme Ducros and in the biggest cinemas of Europe and during a vast tour in Japan. The contemporary domain is becoming increasingly important, with the creation of a cycle of melodies composed by Marc André Dalbavie on sonnets by Louise Labbé, with the Orchester National de Lyon conducted by Thierry Fischer (resumed in 2010 with the Orchester de Paris under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach).

Last April, he created the title role of Caravaggio, opera by Suzanne Giraud on a libretto by Dominique Fernandez.

Philippe Jaroussky is solicited by the best current Baroque ensembles such as Concerto Köln, Ensemble Matheus, Les Arts Florissants, Les Musicians du Louvre-Grenoble, The Concert d’AstrĂ©e, L’Arpeggiata, The Circle of Harmony, Europa Galante, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra or I Barrochisti, under the direction of Jean-Christophe Spinosi, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, RenĂ© Jacobs, Christina Pluhar, JĂ©rĂ©mie Rhorer, Emmanuelle HaĂŻm, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Fabio Biondi, Andrea Marcon, Diego Fasolis, Paul Dyer etc.

New collaborations are coming very soon, with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Appolo’s Fire, Anima Eterna or the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

It has been acclaimed in the most prestigious festivals and halls in France (Theaters of the Champs-ElysĂ©es and Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Operas of Lyon, Montpellier and Nancy, Arsenal of Metz, Theater of Caen … ) abroad (Barbican Center and South Bank Center in London, Palais des Beaux Arts and Theater de la Monnaie in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Lausanne Opera, Zermatt Festival and Festival de Verbier in Switzerland, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna and Salzburg Festival in Austria, Staatsoper and Philharmonie in Berlin, Philharmony in Cologne, Estoril Palace, Teatro Real in Madrid or Festival of Santiago de Compostella in Spain, Carnegie Jall and Lincoln Center from New York etc …).

In 2002, he founded the Artaserse Ensemble, which occurs throughout Europe.

For several years, Philippe Jaroussky has had very close relations with his label for his recordings, for which he has signed records, all of which have received numerous awards.
Note the album Heroes (operatic arias Vivaldi) with the Ensemble Matheus – Golden Disc in 2007, rewarded by a Diapason d’Or, a 10 Classica-Repertory, Shock of the World of Music, Gramophone Award , International Opera Platinum Stamp etc.

The Carestini Tribute CD was voted Record of the Year at the 2008 Victoires de la Musique and Midem Classical Awards and received the 10th of Classica-RĂ©pertoire and the Diamond Stamp of Opera Magazine.
He made a very remarkable participation in the album Lamenti with The Concert of Astrée, rewarded by these same Victoires de la Musique in 2009.
At the beginning of 2009, Amor’s Teatro disc dedicated to Monteverdi and L’Arpeggiata immediately took the lead in classical sales and was crowned by the 2009 Echo Kassik in Dresden. The Opium disc, devoted to the French melody and with the pianist JĂ©rĂ´me Ducros, met the same success.

In these last two discs, Philippe Jaroussky has rediscovered composers with little recording, Johann Christian Bach with The Circle of Harmony directed by Jérémy Rhorer, released in early November 2009, and Antonio Caldara with the Concerto Köln directed by Emmanuelle Haïm, released in November 2010.

This autumn has appeared two recordings; FaurĂ©’s Requiem directed by Paavo Jarvi or Philippe sings the famous Pie Jesu and a duet record With max Emanuel Cencic «Duetti» directed by William Christie.
In June 2011, Philippe Jaroussky made his stage debut in the United States in the title role of Agostino Steffani’s opera Niobe in Boston and Great Barrington. He then returned overseas for a tour of festivals and prestigious series (Los Angeles, Berkeley, Duke University, Boston, Ann Arbor …). He has also performed a program dedicated to Händel tunes accompanied by the Freiburger Orchestra.

Most recently, he sang alongside Cecilia Bartoli at the Pentecost Festival Salzburg for the production of Giulio Cesare. He has also partnered with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux and the Artaserse ensemble for a tour «Le Tourbillon des sentiments».

In January 2013, Philippe Jaroussky gave himself a sabbatical rest of several months and will return on the international scene in September 2013 alongside the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
Philippe Jaroussky is the sponsor of the IRIS Association representing patients with primary immunodeficiencies.