Jean Rondeau (photo: Parlophone Records Limited, Clement Vayssieres)

Chamber Music

Baroque Festival

Jean Rondeau plays Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”

The French pianist and harpsichordist Jean Rondeau has played his way to the top of the world with his fresh music-making style – not only in early music, but also in jazz. At the Baroque Festival, he will interpret the Goldberg Variations, which Bach composed for the harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg - allegedly so that he could entertain his employer during sleepless nights. “All of Bach is in the Goldberg Variations, all of the music,” says Jean Rondeau, “and I will spend my life working on this piece.”

Jean Rondeau harpsichord

Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 06 Mar 2022, 16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Series R

Biography

He “devotes himself to Bach not only with enthusiasm and a high degree of virtuosity but above all with extreme musicality” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Jean Rondeau, whom Le Figaro acclaimed as one of the “great harpsichordists of this century” when he was only 24, already enjoyed impressive successes at competitions during his student days. He studied harpsichord with the French harpsichordist Blandine Verlet for ten years, then went to the Paris Conservatory, where he studied basso continuo, organ, jazz, improvisation and choral conducting in addition to piano. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, studied composition at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris and musicology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Jean Rondeau appears regularly throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician and guest artist with leading orchestras and ensembles. He has collaborated frequently with the Baroque orchestra Les Ambassadeurs, is a member of the period ensemble Nevermind and co-founder of the jazz quartet Note Forget. In 2012, the quartet received the prize of the Trophées du Sunside, an award that is highly coveted among jazz artists. Rondeau’s first Bach album, Imagine, released in 2016, was also acclaimed by critics: “This is how successful Bach debuts can be” (Rondo).

Jean Rondeau (photo: Parlophone Records Limited, Clement Vayssieres)

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