Bertrand Cuiller

Harpsichordist (France, 1978)

Harpsichordist within great French baroque ensembles, Bertrand Cuiller leads an international career as a soloist of chamber music. His first record Pescodd Time dedicated to William Byrd, Peter Philips and John Bull received a Diapason d'Or, “Choc” from the Monde de la musique, “Joker” from Crescendo and was a favorite of the Académie Charles Cros.

Born in 1978, Bertrand Cuiller started to study the harpsichord at the age of 8 with his mother, Jocelyne Cuiller, then with Christophe Rousset at the Paris Conservatoire. At the same time, he studied beside Pierre Hantaï for many years. In 1998, he won the third prize of the harpsichord international competition in Bruges. He kept on his education and studied the ancient and modern horns besides Marcel Ollé and Michel Garcin-Marrou at the Paris and Lyon conservatoires. 

Fascinated by the English music of Purcell, Blow and Lawes, Bertrand Cuiller took part in many recordings and toured with the baroque ensembles Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert Spirituel and Poême Harmonique. He performed as a soloist in many prestigious festivals (Les Folles Journées de Nantes, La Roque d’Anthéron and more). Bertrand Cuiller especially likes chamber music and plays as well with the ensembles Les Basses réunies, La Rêveuse, Les Lunaisiens but also with the violinist Hélène Schmitt, the cellist and gamba player Emmanuel Balssa, the flutists Jana Semeradova and Jocelyn Daubigney. Moreover, he is interested in the contemporary repertoire and participated in the creation of Jean-Yves Bosseur’s et Olivier Mellano’s pieces. In 2012, he made his debut as a conductor and directed the ensemble Les Musiciens du Paradis in the opera Venus and Adonis of John Blow in a production at the Théâtre de Caen. 

Close to the worlds of theatre and literature, he worked with the actress Louise Moaty with whom he created several shows, including a concert/reading mixing D’Anglebert’s music and the Lettres Portugaises of Guilleragues. His first experience in the theatre universe also lead him to play alongside Nicolas Vaude and Nicolas Marié in the Le Neveu de Rameau of Diderot at the Théâtre du Ranelagh   

Five landmark dates in the life of Bertrand Cuiller 

  • 1998: third prize of the harpsichord international competition in Bruges
  • 2006: first solo album “Pescodd Time” on label Alpha
  • 2011: creation of La lanterne rouge de Monsieur Couperin with Louise Moaty
  • 2011: adaptation of the Mille et une nuits of Antoine Galland with the ensemble La Rêveuse
  • 2012: conducted the ensemble Les musiciens du Paradis in the opera Venus      and Adonis of John Blow

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Radio France Documentation biography, September 2013