Philippe JAROUSSKY - Contre-ténor
The counter-tenor Philippe jaroussky has established himself as one of the major singers in the international musical world as confirmed by the french Victoires de la Musique, broadcast live on National TV ("Revelation Artiste Lyrique" in 2004, "Artiste lyrique de l'année" in 2007 and in 2010, CD of the year 2009 ) and the Echo Klassik Awards in Germany in 2008 in Munich.
His technique allows him the most audacious nuances and impressive pyrotechnics. Philippe Jaroussky has an extremely large repertoire in the baroque area, from the refinements of the italian Seicento with Monteverdi, Sances and Rossi to the staggering brilliance of Handel or Vivaldi's music - the latter being the composer he mostly sang these last few years. Philippe Jaroussky has lately decided to explore a very different repertoire both contemporary and modern with the pianist Jerôme Ducros. As a result, they are performing the melodies composed by Marc André Dalbavie from the poems of Louise Labbé and the french melodies of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, in many countries including the UK, Germany, the US etc.
Philippe Jaroussky has worked with the best baroque orchestras such as Ensemble Matheus, Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert d'Astrée, L'Arpeggiata, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie and Europa Galante with conductors like William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Christina Pluhar, Jérémie Rhorer, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jean-Claude Malgoire or Fabio Biondi ...
In 2002 he founded l'Ensemble Artaserse, which performs music all over Europe.
He has been praised in all the most prestigious concert halls and theaters in France - Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Nancy, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre de Caen...) and abroad - The Barbican Center and Southbank Center in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Staatsoper and Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York ...)
He recently joined Cecilia Bartoli in Salzburg as Sesto for stage performances of Haendel's Giulio Cesare.
After his sabbatical nine months, Philippe has come back on the international stage with the Farinelli tour with Venice Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon.
They have performed in Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Ambronay Festival, Svetlanov Hall of Moscow, Berlin Philharmonie, Dortmund, Alte oper of Frankfurt, Liederhalle of Stuttgart, Prinzregentheater of Munich, Luxemburg Philharmonie, Brussels Bozar, Madrid Auditorio Nacional and Teatro de Liceu of Barcelona. They will also tour together in Asia and USA.
Among his others projects in season 13/14, he will perform for the first time with ensemble Orfeo 55, conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann. And he will meet again I Barocchisti and Diego Fasolis for a tour of Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the soprano Julia Lezhneva.
Philippe Jaroussky is an exclusive artist to Virgin Classics and has received many awards for these recordings. For Heroes (Vivaldi's Opera arias) he has received a Gold disc in 2007, has been awarded a Diapason d'Or, a 10 by Classica-Repertoire, a Choc of the Magazine Monde de la Musique, , the Timbre de Platine from Opera International, and a Gramaphone Award.
His CD Tribute to Carestini (with le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim) was CD of the year at the Victoires de la Musique in 2008 and at the Midem Classical Awards in 2009.
In january 2009, the CD Teatro d'Amore concentrating on Monteverdi with L'Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar was immediatly a best seller. A few month later, his surprising CD Opium (French melodies) was once again an international success.
His recording La Dolce Fiamma is dedicated to forgotten castrato arias by Johann Christian Bach with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie and Jérémie Rhorer. He is also on Arpeggiata's latest march release "Via Crucis".
The Tribute to Carestini and La Dolce Fiamma, have both gone gold .
He has been awarded his fourth "Victoire de la Musique" in 2010 (singer of the year).
His recent CD was dedicated to Farinelli and Porpora and released in september 2013.
© S. Fowler