Jean Rondeau

French harpsichordist (born in 1991)

Jean Rondeau is a young and promising harpsichordist. After the beginning of his career crowned with success, he received in November 2013 the Prix Jeune Soliste des Radios Francophones Publiques 2014.

Jean Rondeau trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He studied the harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for many years and also received lessons in basso continuo, organ, piano, jazz, improvisation, writing and chorus conducting. After receiving the prizes of composition and counterpoint at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, he was granted with a unanimous "très bien" mention for the prize of harpsichord and the prize of basso continuo at the Paris Conservatoire in June 2013.

To complete his education, Jean Rondeau also took classes at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama in London and the master classes of Christophe Rousset in Sienna and in Florence. He performed as a soloist all over Europe (France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland...) and even in the United States. At the same time, he gives concerts with the baroque ensemble Nevermind and his own band Note Forget, the Project with a style turned to the jazz repertoire.

In 2012, Jean Rondeau won the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, at the age of only 21. Regarded as the most promising musician of the European Union by EUBO Development Trust in 2012, he cultivates a diversity of the genre (baroque, classical and jazz) and is interested in connections between different musical cultures.

Six landmark dates in the life of Jean Rondeau

• 2011: founded the band Note Forget, The Project (around compositions by Jean Rondeau, between classical and jazz)
• 2012: second prize and prize of the best interpretation of a contemporary piece at the International Harpsichord Competition of the Prague Spring Festival
• 2012: prize of EUBO Development Trust, offered to the youngest and most promising musician of the European Union
• 2012: first prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAFestival)
• 2013: prize of harpsichord with a unanimous "très bien" mention at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris; prize of basso continuo with unanimous "très bien" mention
• 2014: Prix Jeune Soliste des Radios Francophones Publiques (given in November 2013)