Olivier Baumont

French harpsichordist, teacher and writer (1960, Annecy - )

Eclectic harpsichordist Olivier Baumont has nurtured a passion not only for Rameau and Couperin, but also for 18th-century Russian composers and American music enlightenment era. He is a curious and driven artist, who has published several books on Baroque music.

Awarded two first prizes for harpsichord and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, where he was trained under Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert, Olivier Baumont was invited by Gustav Leonhardt to take part in his masterclasses in Cologne on numerous occasions. Baumont performed in major festivals in France, which allowed him to then give concerts in many European countries as well as in Asia and North America. In addition to this, he took part in several radio and television broadcasts for France Musique, France Culture, Mezzo, and the BBC.

He mainly performed during recitals, collaborating with many artists, not only with musicians such Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor), Davitt Moroney (harpsichord and organ), Christine Plubeau (viola da gamba), Isabelle Poulenard (soprano), Hugo Reyne (flute, oboe, conducting), Florence Malgoire (violin and conducting), Julien Chauvin(violin and conducting), Béatrice Martin (harpsichord) et Thibaut Roussel, (luth, guitar et theorbo), but also with actors including Nicolas Vaude and Nicolas Marié. With them, he rehabilitated Le Mariage Forcé, a comédie-ballet written by Molière and Lully, for which he conducted the harpsichord parts. He has recorded over 40 albums, which have been lauded by the international musical press, including the complete harpsichord works by Rameau and François Couperin.

Baumont published several relatively unknown harpsichord works. He is also the author of books on François Couperin and Antonio Vivaldi. As an accomplished pedagogue, Baumont has been teaching the harpsichord at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris.

6 landmark dates in the life of Olivier Baumont:

1998: Published “Couperin, le musicien des rois” (Gallimard)

2001: Was appointed professor of harpsichord at the Conservatoire de Paris

2001: Theatrical adaptation of Diderot's Le Neveu de Rameau, which later proved to be highly successful at the Ranelagh Theatre in Paris

2002 and 2003: Recorded a 2-CD album of Louis-Claude Daquin's complete harpsichord works (Tempéraments/Radio France)

2007: Published a book on "La musique à Versailles", in collaboration with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

2014: Performed at the Cité de la Musique a cycle of 20 concerts dedicated to the complete harpsichord works by Bach.