théotime langlois de swarte: biography

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"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

Passion and eclecticism define Théotime Langlois de Swarte’s choice of repertoire, which ranges from the 17th century to contemporary compositions. He is the first baroque violinist to be nominated at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2020 in the category “Revelation soliste instrumental”. He is well known, particularly in France, with multiple baroque ensembles, including Le Consort, of which he is co-founder, and with whom he has recorded several albums, and Les Arts Florissants, with William Christie, with whom he toured and recorded Haydn concertos in March 2022.

Inspired by his love of the French repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, he founded the Eluard Trio with Fiona Mato and Hanna Salzenstein, which aims to recreate the world of the Parisian salons of the early 20th century. His concerts have taken him to prestigious venues around the world, such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Shanghai National Art Center, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and, more recently, to the Philharmonie de Paris where he gave a recital on the Davidoff Stradivarius violin, which is kept in the Musée de la Musique.

His recently broadcast performances (via Culturebox) include Leclair’s Concerti at the Sablé sur Sarthe Festival, Sept Particules at the Deauville Festival, Baroque Affects with Eva Zaicik at the Salle Cortot, and Vivaldi Concertos with the Jupiter Ensemble.  2020 marked the beginning of his collaboration as a soloist with the harmonia mundi label, where he recorded his first CD The Mad Lover, devoted to English music with lutenist Thomas Dunford, to great critical acclaim. The label then released a second disc, Proust: the recreated concert, with pianist Tanguy de Williencourt, the title evoking a concert that the French writer had organized in Paris, which Théotime recorded on the Davidoff Stradivarius from the Musée de la Musique in Paris. A third CD, featuring the duo he formed with William Christie with a French programme of sonatas by Leclair and Sénaillé, was released in July 2021, and his latest harmonia mundi album of concertos by Vivaldi, Leclair, and Locatelli has earned rapturous acclaim.

After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) under Michaël Hentz, Théotime founded the ensemble Le Consort with the harpsichordist Justin Taylor. The ensemble was soon recognized as one of the most important of their generation, collaborating with opera artists such as Eva Zaïcik, Véronique Gens and Mathias Vidal. Their recordings for Alpha Classics/Outhere have been praised by the press: Choc Classica (Venez, chère Ombre) and Diapason d’Or of the year 2019 (Opus 1), as well as Royal Handel and, more recently, Specchio Veneziano, with works by Italian composers, Reali and Vivaldi.

Théotime Langlois de Swarte is a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation and the Jumpstart Foundation. He plays on a Jacob Stainer violin of 1665.

May 2022 – please discard any previously or undated versions