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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, in the past few months he has also conducted the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Bamberg Symphony, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber, and Yomiuri Nippon (Tokyo), and appeared at the BBC Proms, Aix and Edinburgh festivals and with Concentus Musicus Graz at the Styriate festival.

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  • He has previously appeared at Glyndebourne (with the London Philharmonic), Wiener Festwochen and Mostly Mozart New York, and conducted at the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper and La Monnaie. In 2013 The French Critics’ Association awarded him ‘Best Opera Production’ for Poulenc Dialogue des Carmelites with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees (later released on DVD). He conducted the world premiere of Thierry Escaich Claude in Lyon (also eleased on DVD) and last season he conducted Henze Boulevard Solitude in Copenhagen, Verdi Stiffelio in Frankfurt and Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict in Brussels.

    In 2016/17 he conducts Schumann and Mendelssohn with the Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie, Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre National de France, leads the Freiburg Barockorchester in a special concert at the Koelner Philharmonie, and conducts in Norway and Finland for the first time, as well as returning to the Philharmonia and the Deutsche Kammerorchester. He will conduct Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Netherlands Opera, Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and takes Spontini Olympie with Le Cercle to the Concertgebouw.

    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 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, 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 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, 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 CDs for Virgin Classics/EMI, and brought their fresh approach to Liszt, Berlioz and the Beethoven symphonies on Naïve. In 2016 their live recording of Die Entführung aus dem Serail was released on Alpha, to great acclaim.

    Jérémie Rhorer is 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.

    September 2016 / 484 words. Not to be altered without permission


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Season highlights

Schumann and Mendelssohn with the Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie

Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre National de France

Returns to the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Netherlands Opera,

Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Spontini Olympie with Le Cercle at the Concertgebouw

… 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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