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“A harpsichordist of exceptional elegance and extensive culture, Olivier Baumont is also a lifelong reader, an author and a great man of letters (…) - Ivan Alexandre

 

Awarded an Unanimous First Prize in harpsichord and chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse conservatory, Olivier Baumont has studied with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert and was, on several occasions, invited by Gustav Leonhardt to his interpretation classes in Cologne.

Brimming with curiosity, passion and also well established as a scholar, Olivier Baumont's musicianship quickly gained attention, as did his keen sense of communication (through masterclasses, conferences, radio and television programs) his love of the stage and desire to share a specific fondness for the 17th and 18th century with other art forms - thus distinguishing himself as a truly multifaceted artist, much in demand on the international scene.

Invited to major festivals in France and abroad, Olivier Baumont has performed in numerous countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.

He has also actively taken part and fueled the development of a variety of radio and television programs (on France-Musique, France-Culture, Radio Suisse Romande, BBC, FR3, Muzzik and Mezzo).

Primarily a recital performer, Olivier Baumont is nonetheless deeply committed to the artistic friendship established with Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Davitt Moroney, Christine Plubeau, Isabelle Poulenard, Hugo Reyne, Florence Malgoire, Julien Chauvin and others. A great theater enthusiast, he has also worked with actors such as Manuel Blanc, Bérangère Dautin (in a production on Madame de Sévigné), Jean-Denis Monory (Fairytales of Charles Perrault for the Théâtre du Ranelagh theater in 2007 and subsequent renditions), Nicolas Vaude and Nicolas Marié. With the latter two, he rehabilitated Molière and Lully's ballet-comedy,  "Le Mariage forcé" (The forced marriage), in which he directed the harpsichord score (performances at the Ile de France Festival, Ambronay Festival and touring through France and Switzerland) and  also adapted Diderot's "Le Neveu de Rameau" (Rameau's Nephew), in a production has been crowned with success since its creation in 2001 and 2002 at the Théâtre du Ranelagh. 

Olivier Baumont's discography, regularly praised in the international press, includes some forty recordings. After having recorded the complete harpsichord works of J.P Rameau for the Accord-Universal label, he proceeded to record the complete works of François Couperin, as well as releases focusing on Bach, Haendel, Purcell or Russian and American composers of the Age of Enlightnement.  In 2002 and 2003, he recorded two albums covering the complete works of Daquin (Collection Tempéraments - Radio-France), two records dedicated to Chambonnières (AS musique) as well as a recital of musical portraits of the friends of painter Maurice Quentin de la Tour (Virgin Classics), recording which was awarded the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in Berlin as well as the “Choc du Monde de la Musique” award. He has since recorded the six French Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach for Warner Classics alongside some additional and lesser known suites by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (released in March 2010) as well as "Le Neveu de Rameau", for the éditions Thélème publications, with Nicolas Vaude and Nicolas Marié (released in September 2009). More recently, Olivier Baumont released ttwo recordings (on the Loreley/Distrib Harmonia Mundi label) featuring the keyboard works of G.Ph Telemann and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach forLute-Harpischord. The same label has also re-released his rendition of J.P Rameau's complete works for harpsichord. A recital of pieces for Organ and Pianoforte from the late Ancien Régime period, for the "Tempéraments/Radio France" collection has been published in late 2014. Olivier has published a recital of the most beautiful harpsichord works for the label Bayard Musique who has also just published a recording dedicated to the "Small Book of Anna Magdalena Bach".

 

Olivier Baumont has also published numerous less well-know pieces for harpsichord, notably those of Corrette (Lemoine) and Duphly (l’Oiseau-Lyre), as well as a 19th Century piece (1889) : “Rigodon” by Francis Thomé (H.Lemoine). He has also written a book on François Couperin (for Découvertes-Gallimard) and a book on Vivaldi (Gallimard-Jeunesse). 

In collaboration with the Château de Versailles Public Establishement and the Versailles Baroque Music Center, he published in 2007 a book on Music in Versailles ( "La musique à Versailles", Editions Actes Sud) which won the prize of the French Syndicate of Music Critics for the year 2008.

Within the framework of a residency program at the Château de Chambord, Olivier Baumont has just published a book on Music in the Memoirs of Saint-Simon ("A l'opéra, Monsieur!") - Gallimard editions -; This publication has been linked with a recital at the Philharmonie de Paris.

 

For the Cité de la Musique, in 2014/2015, Olivier Baumont drafted a large-scale cycle of 20 concerts showcasing Bach's complete harpsichord works. 

Olivier Baumont interpretd and composed the orginal music of Stpéhane Brizé's new movie "Une vie" according to the eponym novel of Guy de Maupassant (automn 2016).

As accomplished educator, Olivier Baumont is the harpsichord teacher at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse conservatory.

 

 

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