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Jeremie Rohrer

  • Composer
  • Conductor


Jérémie Rhorer: An equally compelling operatic conductor, he made his debut at La Monnaie in 2009 with Le nozze di Figaro and returned the next year to conduct performances of Idomeneo.  He has appeared a number of times at the Opéra Comique in Paris and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, where he conducted Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel and The Seven Deadly Sins with the Ensemble Modern and Angelika Kirchschlager.  In 2010, Mr. Rhorer made his Salzburg Festival debut leading two concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and soprano Diana Damrau.

Highlights of Jérémie Rhorer's 2010-11 season included his debuts with the Wiener Staatsoper conducting Così fan tutte and acclaimed performances of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and NDR Rundfunkchor.  In August 2011 he makes his New York debut conducting the Mostly Mozart festival orchestra.  Future engagements include concerts with the Kammerorchester Basel in a program of Berlioz, Brahms and Schubert, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, both featuring the music of Mendelssohn and Schubert.  In 2013 he makes his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival.

In 2005 Mr. Rhorer and violinist Julien Chauvin founded Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, a young and dynamic orchestra that performs on period instruments and focuses on the music of the late-18th century.  Mr. Rhorer, the ensemble’s music director, and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie caught the attention of a wider public, electrifying audiences with their performances of Idomeneo in 2007 at the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque in Beaune, France.  He and the ensemble have since returned regularly to Beaune, and their performances of a concert version of Le Nozze di Figaroat the festival were repeated at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has also engaged Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle to perform three staged operas—Idomeneo in 2011, which received wide praise, Così fan tutte in 2012 and Don Giovanni in 2013—as part of a new Mozart festival.  In 2008 Rhorer and his orchestra appeared at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in performances of Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa.  That same year French critics awarded Mr. Rhorer and Le Cercle “The Discovery of the Year,” a prestigious prize given by French music critics   He and the Le Cercle return to Aix in 2012.

Mr. Rhorer and the ensemble have recorded several CDs with Diana Damrau, Philippe Jaroussky and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie for Virgin Classic/EMI, all of which have been met with excellent reviews.  Their most recent recording is an all-Beethoven disc for the Armbroisie-Naïve label.

An accomplished and highly regarded composer, Jérémie Rhorer is a recipient the Pierre Cardin Composition Prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and has had several works commissioned by Radio France.  His complete chamber music compositions were performed at the festival in La Roche-Posay in 2006. In November 2008, the Orchestre National de France gave the premiere of the orchestral version of his piano work Le cimetière des enfants, which was subsequently performed by the Royal Scottish National Symphony.

Born in Paris in 1973, Jérémie Rhorer studied the harpsichord, theory and composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, and was mentored by conductors Marc Minkowski and William Christie at an early age.  At 21, he formed the contemporary music ensemble Les Musiciens de la Prée.  In 2008 he was the recipient of the Prix Gabriel Dussurget, awarded to outstanding young Mozart interpreters.  Mr. Rhorer currently lives in Paris.