Jérémie Rhorer

French composer and conductor (Paris 1973)

Jérémie Rhorer is a French harpsichordist, organist, composer and conductor; together with Julien Chauvin, he co-founded the period-instrument orchestra Le Cercle de L'Harmonie. The orchestra was called as the French "musical revelation" of 2008 by critics.

Born in 1973 in Paris, Jérémie Rhorer joined the choir school of Radio France in 1984, where his talent was revealed in contact with personalities such as Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel. After studying the harpsichord, flute, and composition at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris, he continued his training at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur, studying harpsichord, theory and composition. Mentored by Emil Tchakarov, i he co-founded “L'Orchestre des Musiciens de la Prée” following his advice, and he went on conducting around fifty concerts with them. His talent was recognised among his peers and he became assistant to Marc Minkowski and before starting to work with William Christie.

In 2005, Jérémie co-founded “Le Cercle de l’Harmonie”, a period-instrument orchestra mainly focused on the late 18th-century repertoire. The orchestra was exposed to a wider audience in 2006 thanks to the Festival de Beaune, and this allowed the young conductor to enjoy a growing popularity: he then was invited to many prestigious festivals (Salzburg, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Aix en Provence Festival) and concert halls (Opéra-Comique, Lincoln Center, Wiener Staatsoper, Théâtre de la Monnaie)…

At the same time, Rhorer has also been a talented composer. He was awarded the Prix Pierre Cardin from the Académie des Beaux-Arts and composed some works commissioned by Radio France’s ensembles. In 2008, the National Orchestra of France created the orchestra version of his Le cimetière des enfants.

6 landmark dates in the life of Jérémie Rhorer:

• 1984: Entered Radio France’s choir school

• 1989: Met Emil Tchakarov, who becomes his mentor 

• 2001: Recorded the complete organ concertos by Haydn and Vernet

• 2003: Conducted Les Arts Florissants in Les Boréades at the Opéra National de Paris

• 2005: Co-founded Le Cercle de l’Harmonie with Julien Chauvin

• 2006: Hischamber music pieces were performed at the La Roche-Posay Festival

Biography by Radio France’s document database, October 2013