The acclaimed Brazilian harpsichordist, Bruno Procopio, began his musical studies in Rio de Janeiro with Marcelo Fagerlande and Pedro Personne. In 1994, his exceptional talent brought him to France, where he entered the harpsichord class of Noëlle Spieth, at the Conservatoire National Régional de Paris, obtaining his diploma soon after. In 1996 he gained admission to the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied the harpsichord with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Hantaï, chamber music with Blandine Rannou and Kenneth Weiss, and pianoforte with Patrick Cohen. He graduated in 2001 with two First Prizes (Premier Prix) in harpsichord performance and continuo playing. After his formal studies Procopio became one of the few students of Pierre Hantaï.
Bruno Procopio is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent harpsichordists of the new generation. In 2004 he created the ensemble Les Solistes du Palais Royal. One of his primary objectives is to promote the works of major Brazilian composers of the colonial period. He collaborates actively with musicologists in his native country to create original, exciting programs which reunite the lesser known masterpieces of the new world with those of their celebrated European contemporaries. Procopio is the artistic director of the Early Music Festival of Paraty in Brazil.
Bruno Procopio's first recording, of J.S. Bach's Partitas for keyboard Nos. 1, 3, and 4, was chosen as one of the five best Baroque music disks of the year by Fanfare magazine in 2004, in addition to a rating of five out of five by the distinguished French magazine Diapason. In 2006 Procopio founded the Paraty label, with the support of Intégral Distribution, in order to explore, on period instruments, the rich repertory of Baroque and Classical music. On this label he has released two additional albums of J.S. Bach: Partitas Nos. 2, 5, and 6, completing the cycle, and the Sonatas for viola da gamba and keyboard with Emmanuelle Guigues on gamba. The latter, which also includes J.S. Bach's Italian Concerto (BWV 971), was recently awarded a 'Choc' prize from the magazine Le Monde de la Musique. Bruno Procopio is noe based in Paris