LE CONSORT
biography

"Major Ensemble of the French Baroque Scene" - Diapason

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Julien Benhamou

Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin
Sophie de Bardonnèche, violin
Hanna Salzenstein, cello
Justin Taylor, harpsichord
(also Louise Pierrard, viola da gamba - not on 23/24 North American tours)

Le Consort, a one-of-a-kind chamber music ensemble, brings together four young musicians who interpret the trio sonata repertoire with enthusiasm, sincerity, and modernity.  From Corelli to Vivaldi, from Purcell to Couperin, the dialogue between the two violins and the basso continuo displays a wealth of contrasts between vocality, sensuality and virtuosity.  Le Consort takes this genre, the quintessence of baroque chamber music, and interprets it with a personal, dynamic, and colorful language.  They are in residence at the Banque de France, the Singer-Polignac Foundation, and the Abbaye de Royaumont.

In June 2017, Le Consort won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, chaired by William Christie.  The ensemble has performed throughout Europe, including at Radio France Auditorium and Louvre Auditorium (Paris); the Dijon Opera; the Deauville Easter Festival; the Arsenal in Metz; the MA Festival Brugge and in Antwerp de Singel (Belgium); the Pau Casals Foundation (Spain); and at the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow (Poland).  They have also been featured on numerous broadcasts on France 3, France Musique, France Inter and Radio Classique.

Co-directed by harpsichordist Justin Taylor and violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, the core members of Le Consort have remained constant since their founding in 2016.  The ensemble’s mission is to bring together compelling musical personalities in the service of chamber music from the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, from the trio sonata to vocal and instrumental programs with orchestra.

From the outset, the musicians of Le Consort fell in love with Jean-François Dandrieu's unpublished sonatas, inspiring them to make a complete recording of these works, the OPUS 1 disc (Diapason d'or of the year 2019).  Le Consort also enjoys highlighting vocal repertoire by working very closely with mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik.  This collaboration led the young musicians to release two recordings: VENEZ CHÈRE OMBRE, dedicated to French cantatas by Montclair, Clérambault and Lefèvre (January 2019, CHOC Classica); as well as ROYAL HÄNDEL, an immersion in London opera with arias by Handel, Ariosti and Bononcini (2021).  Also within their discography is Sept Particules (B records, 2018), presenting works by Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, and a contemporary work by David Chalmin.  Their most recent release is Specchio Veneziano (Alpha Classics) highlights trio sonatas of Vivaldi alongside music of his less familiar contemporary, Giovanni Reali.

 

May 2022 – please discard any previously or undated versions