Jérémie Rhorer

Jérémie Rhorer is an artist who combines intellectual rigour and absolute clarity of musical vision to produce thrilling performances of both operatic and symphonic repertoire.

Rhorer studied the harpsichord, theory and composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, assisting Marc Minkowski and William Christie at a young age, and forming a contemporarymusic ensemble. He then shot to prominence conducting Mozart operas at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Aix and Beaune Festivals and Opera Comique with his period orchestra Le Cercle de l’armonie, founded in 2005 together with violinist Julien Chauvin. They made their London debut at the Barbican in 2011, appear every year at the Musikfest Bremen and Bozar in Brussels, and have a residency in Deauville, alongside Rhorer’s Artistic Directorship of the Mozart Festival at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees 11-13 (conducting staged productions of Idomeneo, Cosi and Don Giovanni). They have made several discs for Virgin Classics/EMI and are now bringing their fresh approach to Liszt and the Beethoven symphonies on Naïve.

Rhorer made his Wiener Staatsoper debut in 2011 and is now invited back every year. In the next couple of seasons he makes his debuts with the Bavarian State Opera and at Glyndebourne at the helm of the London Philharmonic, and will conduct Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmelites at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is an annual visitor to La Monnaie, and will conduct Verdi’s Stiffelio in Frankfurt, Chabrier at the Netherlands Opera, and a new opera by Thierry Escaich in Lyon.

In 2010, he made his Salzburg Festival debut conducting the Mozarteum Orchestra, and in 2011 his North American debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, where he returns in 2013. In Autumn 2012 Rhorer conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic orchestras in repertoire ranging from the German Romantics to Stravinsky and Tristan Keuris. Future symphonic plans include concerts with the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. He has regular relationships with both the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (Brahms with NDR Rundfunkchor, Mendelssohn) and the Basler Kammerorchester (Liszt, Berlioz, Ravel, Kagel). He has also conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Stuttgart RSO, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Modern (Weill Seven Deadly Sins with Angelika Kirschlager).

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. In November 2008, the orchestral version of his piano work Le cimetière des enfants was premiered by the Orchestre National de Paris.