théotime langlois de swarte: biography
"Baroque violin-playing of the highest calibre" -Gramophone
"France’s rising generation has some promising names. Topping that list for me is Le Consort founding violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte" -The Strad
“Performances so special that I feel a changed man from listening” [Gramophone]; “A stunner by any standard” [The Strad]; and “Mesmerizing” [The New Yorker] – these represent common reactions upon encountering violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, who is rapidly emerging as a much sought-after violin soloist (on both baroque and modern instruments), chamber musician, recitalist, and conductor.
Recognition has come in the form of major awards, including the 2022 “Diapason D’or of the year” for his recording of Vivaldi, Locatelli, and Leclair concertos (harmonia mundi), and the 2022 “Ambassador of the Year” award from the European Early Music Network (REMA), along with multiple additional recording awards and a February, 2022 cover story in The Strad magazine.
In solo appearances on both baroque and modern violin, de Swarte regularly offers concertos by all of the baroque masters, along with those of Haydn and Mozart. He has appeared with Les Arts Florissants, Holland Baroque, Les Ombres, Le Consort, and Orchestre National de Lorraine. His engagements have brought him to prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall, and the Shanghai National Art Center. In 2023 he will make his debuts at Carnegie Hall, at Wigmore Hall, and his first tour of Australia.
Théotime Langlois de Swarte studied at the Paris Conservatory under Michael Hentz, and became a regular member of Les Arts Florissants at William Christie’s invitation in 2014, while still a student. He has since appeared as soloist with the ensemble, and will lead them on a North American tour in spring 2025 performing Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. He has also performed in recital with William Christie, including a 2021 recording of sonatas by Leclair and Senaille (“Generations” on harmonia mundi).
As co-founder - with harpsichordist Justin Taylor - of the baroque ensemble Le Consort, de Swarte can be heard on numerous highly-acclaimed recordings including “Specchio Veneziano”, “Opus 1”, and “Royal Handel”, all on Alpha Classics. Le Consort has performed widely throughout Europe, and their debut North American tours in 23/24 will take them to (among others) Montreal, Boston, Washington, Kansas City, Berkeley, Chicago, St. Paul, Louisville, La Jolla, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Ottawa.
Besides William Christie, frequent recital collaborators include harpsichordist Justin Taylor, lute player Thomas Dunford, and pianist Tanguy de Willencourt, with whom he recorded “A concert at the time of Proust” (harmonia mundi) playing the newly-restored Davidoff Stradivarius of the Philharmonie de Paris Museum. De Swarte’s other chamber music ensemble is Trio Eluard, with whom he has recorded “An invitation at the Schumann's” (harmonia mundi) presenting intimate performances of music by Robert and Clara.
Forthcoming recordings include an album of Haydn concertos (with Les Arts Florissants), and two major Vivaldi projects, including “The Four Seasons”, all on harmonia mundi.
Alongside his instrumental work, de Swarte is emerging as a conductor. In 2023 he will lead performances at l’Opera Comique in March (Lully’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme with Les Musiciens du Louvre at Marc Minkowski’s invitation) and in June (Gretry’s Zemire et Azor at Louis Langrée’s invitation). Further appearances with l’Opera Comique are planned for early 2024.
Théotime Langlois de Swarte is a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. He plays on a Jacob Stainer violin of 1665 loaned by the Jumpstart Foundation.
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