Jean Rondeau harpsichord
Jean Rondeau studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years, followed by training in basso continuo, organ, piano, jazz and improvisation, composition, and conducting. He pursued further studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, graduating with honours, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. There, he was awarded a distinction for harpsichord and basso-continuo by the jury.
In 2012, Jean Rondeau, then only 21 years old, became one of the youngest performers ever to take the First Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012), also winning the EUBO Development Trust prize, an accolade bestowed on the most promising young Baroque musicians in the European Union. The same year, he claimed second prize in the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition, along with a mention for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece composed specially for the occasion. In 2013 he won the “Prix des Radios Francophones Publiques”. In January 2015, he received the “Révélation soliste instrumental” award at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.
Jean Rondeau is a sought-after soloist, chamber music, and continuo player and has appeared in concert in many European Countries, in North and South America, and Asia. In season 2017/2018 he shall collaborate with such renowned ensembles as Les Violons du Roy, Kammerorchester Basel, Les Folies Françoises, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, and The National Orchestra of Lille. He frequently appears with the Baroque quartet Nevermind. Quite apart from his activities as harpsichordist, he founded the ensemble Note Forget with whom he performs his own jazz compositions and improvisations on the piano. “Révélation soliste instrumental” award at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.
An exclusive recording artist with Erato, Jean Rondeau released his debut album of Bach’s pieces for harpsichord solo, titled “Imagine”, early in 2015. In 2016 he recorded “Vertigo” featuring music by Rameau and Royer, and March 2017 saw the release of a CD with musich by J. S. Bach and his sons.