Christophe Rousset in Recital

Christophe Rousset in Recital

Saturday, September 7

9:00 p.m, Theater

Christophe Rousset, harpsichord

The opening concert of this year’s Talleyrand Festival will feature the very famous and talented harpsichordist Christophe Rousset in a recital of the work of François Couperin.

The founder of the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques and internationally-renowned harpsichordist Christophe Rousset is a musician and conductor who has been inspired by his passion for the opera and for rediscovering Europe’s musical heritage.
He studied the harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus and then at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Bob Asperen (where, at the age of 22, he won the prestigious 1st Prize at the 7th harpsichord competition in Bruges), after which he created his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991. This career path has given Christophe Rousset an excellent grasp on the full wealth and diversity of Baroque, Classical and Pre-Romantic repertoires.

Christophe Rousset is now invited to perform around the world with Les Talens Lyriques, at the Paris Opera, the Dutch National Opera, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the list goes on.

In parallel, he has had an active career as a harpsichordist and chamber music artist, playing and recording the most beautiful historical instruments.

The educational dimension is of capital importance to Christophe Rousset, who runs and leads master classes and youth academies at the Chigiana Academy, the Conservatoire de Paris, the Ambronay Academy, OFJ Baroque, and more. He also devotes his time and energy to introducing middle-school students in Paris and Ile-de-France to music, alongside the musicians of Les Talens Lyriques.

Finally, Christophe Rousset has pursued a career as a guest conductor at Trondheim Barrok, Liceu Opera Barcelona, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, La Scala in Milan, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, and more. He also works on musical research and writing, through critical editions and the publication of monographs devoted to Rameau (2007, Actes Sud) and François Couperin (2016, Actes Sud). In 2017, a book of his interviews by Camille de Rijck, talking about music, was released. L’impression que l’instrument chante (La Rue Musicale Collection).

Christophe Rousset is a Knight of the Legion of Honor, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and a Knight of the National Order of Merit.



Useful information

Saturday 7 September

9:00 p.m.


Concert alone :
Full Price : 20€
Reduced rate : 15€

Castle entrance + concert :
Full Price : 28€
Reduced rate : 23€