After training as a pianist and organist, Emmanuelle Haïm studied the harpsichord with Kenneth Gilbert and graduated from the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) with several premiers prix. Her love for the human voice led her to concentrate after that on conducting vocal music, first of all at the Versailles Centre for Baroque Music (CMBV), then at the Paris Conservatoire. She was soon invited to accompany many distinguished singers in recital, and she developed a regular activity as a continuo player as well. It did not take long for Emmanuelle Haïm to be in demand internationally as a guest conductor. In 2001 she scored a resounding success with George Frideric Handel's Rodelinda for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, with which she later conducted G.F. Handel's Theodora. Since then she has appeared regularly at the Glyndebourne Festival, where she will be presenting L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi in 2008. She also conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (HR-Sinfonieorchester). In March 2008 made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
From 2001 Le Concert d'Astrée (= LCDA) and Emmanuelle Haïm received the support of the France Télécom Foundation. That same year, an exclusive recording contract was signed with Virgin Classics. In 2003 Le Concert d'Astrée received a 'Victoire' at the French Classical Music Awards as the Most Outstanding Ensemble of the Year.
Le Concert d'Astrée became ensemble-in-residence at Lille Opéra in 2004, for stage performances of G.F. Handel's Tamerlano, then, in autumn 2005, Monteverdi's Orfeo. It has also given concerts there, including G.F. Handel's oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and W.A. Mozart's C-minor Mass. It appears on other stages in France noted for opera (Opéra National du Rhin, Théâtre de Caen, Bordeaux Opéra, Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, etc.). Abroad, it has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre in London, New York's Lincoln Center, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Potsdam Festival, among many other important venues.
Violins: Jerome Akoka, Mathieu Camilleri, Emmanuel Curial, Stephanie-Marie Degand [Leader], Pierre Franck, Maud Giguet, Quentin Jaussaud, Yukihiro Koike, Isabelle Lucas, Berengere Maillard, Stéphanie Paulet, Stéphanie Pfister, David Plantier, Johannes Pramsohler, Agnieszka Rychlik, Emmanuelle Saillant, Nicolas Simon, Mieko Tsubaki, Paula Waisman
Violas: Diane Chmela, Laurence Duval, Pierre Franck, James Jennings, Delphine Millour, Martha Paramo, Catherine Puig, Michel Renard, Pierre Vallet, Maria-Christina Vasi
Cellos: Paul Carlioz, Jonathan Cohen, Ariane Lallemand, Xavier Richard, Emily Robinson, Atsushi Sakaï, Claire Thirion
Viola da gamba: Atsushi Sakaï
Double-bass: Ludovic Coutineau, Nicola Dal Maso, Richard Myron, Thomas de Pierrefeu
Transverse Flutes: Olivier Bénichou, Alexis Kossenko
Oboes: Patrick Beaugiraud, Griet Cornelis, Héloïse Gaillard, Marcel Ponseele, Eric Speller
Bassoon: Laurent Le Chenadec, Philippe Miqueu
Horns: Guy Ferber, René Maze
Trumpets: Emmanuel Alemany, Neil Brough, Guy Ferber, René Maze
Lute: Eric Bellocq
Timpani: Sylvain Fabre
Theorbo: Brian Feehan
Harpsichord: Violaine Cochard, Emmanuelle Haïm
Organ: Violaine Cochard, Yves Castagnet, Emmanuelle Haïm