Benjamin Alard

French harpsichordist and organist (Rouen, 1985)

As the worthy heir of the baroque renewal's great masters, with Gustav Leonhardt ahead, Benjamin Alard has been leading a double and precocious career as a harpsichordist and as an organist. His seriousness and his rigor are his guarantees to keep an audience already conquered.

Benjamin Alard started his musical education by learning the piano at the age of 7 at the École Nationale de Musique in Dieppe. Appealed by ancient music, he turned to the harpsichord and the organ that he discovered at the Rouen Conservatoire in the classes of Louis Thiry and of François Ménissier. Elisabeth Joyé taught him the harpsichord from 2001 to 2005. Afterwards, he entered the Schola Cantorum of Basel in the class of Jean-Claude Zehnder and of Andrea Marcon. His confirmation at the Musica Antica Bruges Festival was noticed: he won the first prize in harpsichord in 2004, a prize rarely awarded. In 2007, he won the first prize at the organ competition of Gottfried-Silbermann in Freiberg and the same year, the special prize Hildebrandt from the German city of Naumburg. He holds the co-tenure of the big organs of the maker Aubertin alongside Vincent Rigot. Those organs are built from a baroque instrument of Northern-German aesthetics and were inaugurated in the church Saint-Louis-en-l’Île.

Benjamin Alard performs as an organist and as a harpsichordist as well as a soloist as in the company of baroque formations of the first order such as La Petite Bande of Sigiswald Kuijken, Capriccio Stravagante of Skip Sempé, the Venice Baroque Orchestra of Andrea Marcon or Il Gardellino of Marcel Ponseele. He played at the occasions of la Folle Journée de Nantes, at the festivals of Saintes, Radio-France Montpellier, Davos, at the Sommets musicaux de Gstaad, and was a guest of the Cité de la Musique where he took part in 2014 to a series of concerts dedicated to the complete work for harpsichord of Johann Sebastian Bach. Moreover, he recorded the complete work of the Clavierübung for Alpha.

Six landmark dates in the life of Benjamin Alard
2004: first prize and prize of the audience at the Musica Antica Bruges Festival in harpsichord
2005: got the tenure of the organ of the church Saint-Louis-en-l’Île
2007: laureate Juventus
2008: release of the record "Manuscrit Bauyn", published by Hortus
2010: published the Partitas of Bach for Alpha
2012: performed in Korea during an international tour

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Radio France musical documentation biography, April 2014