JEAN RONDEAU studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years before studying basso continuo with Frédéric Michel and Pierre Trocellier, organ with Jean Galard, piano with Corinne Kloska and Philippe Tambourini at the Conservatory superior of Paris, jazz and improvisation with Sylvain Halevy and Benjamin Moussay, and choir conducting with Didier Louis. He also studied with Olivier Baumont, Blandine Rannou, and Kenneth Weiss at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and with Carole Cerasi and James Johnstone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Jean Rondea won many prizes during his musical studies including the “Prix de clavecin” with honors at the Conservatoire à rayonnement regional de Paris (CRR), and the "Prix de Basse Continue” at the CRR de Boulogne.
Completely committed to gaining the fullest range of musical skills, Jean also decided to study composition at the CRR de Paris. He also obtained a musicology degree from Sorbonne University and later graduated with honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique de Paris.
At 21 years of age, Jean Rondeau is amongst the youngest first prize winners of the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012) and winner of the EUBO Development Trust prize, an award given to the most promising young musician of the European Union. In 2012 Jean also won second prize at the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition (64th year of the Festival, 2012). Jean also received the prize for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece written for this contest.
Jean has performed extensively in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout Europe and the US, including in Paris, Siena, Florence, London, Hatchland, Bruges, Brussels, Utrecht, St. Veit, Sofia, Latvia, Prague, Warsaw, Plock, Miami, Boston and Washington DC. He frequently works with the orchestra Les Ambassadeurs under the direction of Alexis Kossenko and is a member of the Baroque ensemble Nevermind.
He co-founded the ensemble Note Forget: The Project, with which he experiments and perform his jazz-oriented compositions for which he received the Sunside’s trophies in 2012 and Label Ropes and Souls in 2013.
Passionate and curious about Baroque, Classical and jazz music, Jean also likes to mix in a little philosophy, psychology and pedagogy so as to explore the musical relationships between different genres and cultures.