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Jérémie Rhorer

Founder & Music Director, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie

  • Jérémie Rhorer combines intellectual rigor and absolute clarity of musical vision to produce thrilling performances of both operatic and symphonic repertoire. A regular guest conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra, this season he conducts for the first time the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Bamberg Symphony, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Yomiuri Nippon (Tokyo), Rotterdam Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony, and makes his debut at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms.

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  • In June 2015 he opened the St Denis Festival (Paris) with a much anticipated return to the Orchestre National de France for Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri. He is a regular guest of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Basler Kammerorchester, and debuts with the Swedish Chamber this season and at the Concentus Musicus in Graz in their Beethoven cycle.

    He has appeared at many of the world’s leading festivals, including Glyndebourne (with the London Philharmonic), Aix, Wiener Festwochen and Mostly Mozart New York; he has conducted at the Wiener Staatsoper, Munich and La Monnaie, and premiered Thierry Escaich’s new opera Claude in Lyon. He was awarded ‘Best Opera Production 2013’ by the Syndicat des Critiques Francaises for Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmelites with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. In recent months he has conducted Henze’s Boulevard Solitude in Copenhagen and Verdi’s Stiffelio in Frankfurt, and in April 2016 returns to La Monnaie for Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict. Future operatic highlights include, Così fan tutte at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Dutch National Opera and Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

    Rhorer studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. He founded his own orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in 2005 and shot to prominence conducting Mozart operas at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Aix and Beaune Festivals and at the Opera Comique. They still appear together every year in staged opera (La Clemenza di Tito, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and concerts at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, where Rhorer was Artistic Director of the Mozart Festival 2011-2013, also regularly at Aix, the Musikfest Bremen, and Brussels Bozar. They have made several recordings for Virgin Classics/EMI, brought their fresh approach to Liszt, Berlioz and the Beethoven symphonies on Naïve, and plans include a Mozart live recordings collection 

    Jérémie Rhorer is also a notable composer. He is a winner of the ‘Pierre Cardin Composition Prize’ of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and he has several commissioned works by the French Radio. His complete chamber music compositions were performed at the festival in La Roche-Posay in 2006, and the orchestral version of his piano work Le cimetière des enfants was premiered by the Orchestre National de France in 2008. 2014 saw the world premiere of his new cello concerto in Pau, and he is currently writing a new piano concerto for Jean-Yves Thibaudet. 

    2015/16 season / 295 words. Not to be altered without permission


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Season highlights

Boulevard Solitude Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen

Béatrice et Bénédict La Monnaie

Stiffelio Frankfurt Opera

Rotterdam Philharmonic

Leipzig Gewandhausorchester

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall

BBC Proms debut with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie

Così fan tutte Edinburgh Festival 

… eliciting passionate lyricism from the strings, vibrant sonorities from the brass, and plangent melodies from the woodwinds. The French conductor wrought every last drop from the score, supporting the soloists and the dramatic flow with the solicitude of a prioress for her nuns. The result was eternally beautiful.

Le Monde

Jérémie Rhorer’s splendid conducting has authority, breadth and clarity. Tempi are daringly contrasted but somehow never seem mannered. His period instrument band, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, has never sounded better

Financial Times

Jérémie Rhorer conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with warmth and vitality – establishing pace and propelling the action forward, but with charm and a lightness of touch. The evening is a complete delight.

Financial Times

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