JEAN RONDEAU – ‘Harpsichord Masterpieces’

April 21, 2018



This concert is sold out. Please consider attending Jean Rondeau’s April 22, 2018, concert at 4:30pm when he performs J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations

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Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:30pm

Please Note:  This Concert will not include an Intermission

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
– Lute Suite No. 2 in C minor (BWV 997), Prélude
– Fantasia in C minor (BWV 906)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
– Sonata in C Major  K. 132
– Sonata in D minor K. 6
– Sonata in F minor K. 185

François Couperin (1668-1733)
– Le Dodo ou l’Amour au berceau
– La Ménetou

– La Ténébreuse (Allemande)
– La Lugubre (Sarabande)
– La Favorite (Chaconne a deux tems – Rondeau)

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1705-1755)
– La Sensible
– La Marche des Scythes

Johann Sebastian Bach
– Chaconne in D minor
    From violin Partita No. 4 (transcr. J. Brahms)

Jean Rondeau studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years, followed by training in basso continuo, organ, piano, jazz and improvisation, and conducting. He pursued  further studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, graduating with honours, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

In 2012,  at just 21 years of age, he became one of the youngest performers ever to take First Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012), also winning the EUBO Development Trust prize; an accolade bestowed on the most promising young musician of the European Union. The same year, he claimed second place in the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition (64thedition of the Festival, 2012), along with a nod for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece composed especially for that contest. In 2013, he also won the Prix des Radios Francophones Publiques.

Rondeau is in demand for solo, chamber music and orchestral appearances throughout Europe and in the United States. He frequently performs with the Baroque quartet Nevermind. Quite apart from his activities as harpsichordist, he founded the ensemble Note Forget, presenting his own jazz-oriented compositions and improvisations on piano.

Rondeau is signed to Erato as an exclusive recording artist. His debut album of music by J.S. Bach, Imagine, was released in January 2015 and received the Choc de Classica and Prix Charles Cros. The second recording on Erato, Vertigo, saw Rondeau pay tribute to two Baroque composers from his native France: Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pancrace Royer. His latest album, Dynastie, explores keyboard concertos by Bach and his sons. In 2016 he composed his first original score for a film, Christian Schwochow’s Paula, which premiered at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. 

Gramophone: “...there is no doubt that here is a player of immense ability “…full of technical muscle…”

Musicophile: Rondeau,  winner of the first prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, plays [Scarlatti] with a power, energy, and conviction that is just blowing me away.

Jean Rondeau plays Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s La Marche des Scythes