Biography of Raphael Pichon
Raphaël Pichon, born in 1984, began his musical apprenticeship through the violin, piano and singing by training in the various Parisian conservatories (CNSMDP & CRR). As a young professional singer, he is led to perform under the direction of personalities such as Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, or within the Cris de Paris by Geoffroy Jourdain, with which he approaches contemporary creation.
In 2006 he founded Pygmalion, choir & orchestra on period instruments, which immediately distinguished himself for the singularity of his projects. Bach’s Missae Breves, the latest versions of Rameau’s great lyrical tragedies, the perspective of Mozart’s rarities are all projects that support Pygmalion’s identity. From a work focused on the fusion of choir and orchestra, but also from a dramaturgical approach in the exercise of the concert, Pygmalion’s various achievements are quickly greeted unanimously in France and abroad. Alongside his ensemble, Raphaël Pichon performs in particular at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Castle of Versailles, the BBC Proms, the Bozar Brussels, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, at the French May in Hong Kong or at the Beijing Music Festival. On the opera stage, Raphaël Pichon conducts various productions at the Opéra Comique, at the Lyrique Festival of Aix-en-Provence, at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, at the Amsterdam Opera, at the Opéra National de Bordeaux. He thus collaborates with directors such as Katie Mitchell, Romeo Castellucci, Simon McBurney, Michel Fau, Pierre Audi, Aurélien Bory or even Jetske Mijnssen.
In 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, Raphaël Pichon created the Pulsations festival in Bordeaux; an eclectic and polymorphous celebration, the festival works with local actors and schedules exceptional concerts in unexpected places around the city and the metropolis.
Among the most significant projects of recent years the debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with the creation of Trauernacht to music by Bach, directed by Katie Mitchell (2014), the rediscovery of Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus at the Opéra national de Lorraine and the Opéra royal du Château de Versailles (2016), the spatialization of the Vespers of the Beata Vergine di Monteverdi with Pierre Audi (Holland Festival, BBC Proms, Chapelle royale de Versailles, Bach Festival of Leipzig), the cycle of artistic encounters around to the cantatas of Bach at the Philharmonie de Paris, to the complete Motets and to the Mass in si by JS Bach. Invited to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2018 to direct The Magic Flute directed by Simon McBurney, he returned in 2019 for a scenic creation of Mozart’s Requiem brought by Romeo Castellucci.
As a guest conductor, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2018 together with the Mozarteum Orchester, the Berlin Philharmonic together with the Deutsches Symphonies-Orchester, and was invited to conduct the Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne, the Scintilla de l’Opera Zurich. , MusicAeterna by Teodor Currentzis, the Violons du Roy de Québec or the Freiburger Barockorchester and the SWR Symphonieorchester together with Isabelle Faust. This season he will make his Boston debut with the Handel & Haydn Society.
In 2021-2022 Raphaël Pichon conducts Pygmalion for a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Opéra-Comique and for a project directed by Romeo Castellucci on Italian seventeenth-century opera music. In concert he will find Bach for a triptych around the figure of Christ and for concerts with Sabine Devieilhe; Brahms for the German Requiem and finally Mozart for the last three symphonies and the covers of the theatrical version of the Requiem.
His numerous recordings are now exclusively published by Harmonia Mundi, whose latest releases are the fresco Stravaganza d’amore (2017) and the fictional work Enfers with the baritone Stéphane Degout (2018), Freedom! (a unique project around the origins of the Mozart / Da Ponte Trilogy) and more recently JS Bach’s Motets. His entire discography was unanimously acclaimed in France and abroad. Raphaël Pichon is an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.