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Ensemble Pygmalion (Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 2005 - France

Founded in 2005 by Raphaël Pichon at the Europa Bach Festival, Ensemble Pygmalion was born of a desire to bring together a choir and an orchestra on early instruments, made up of young professional musicians from European institutions. Coming from varied cultural backgrounds, they work together with the ambition to develop their own sound and colour.

The original project of Ensemble Pygmalion lies in its willingness to build its identity by moving with a permanent team and drawing in the directory covering all the music for choir and orchestra, on early instruments, covering three centuries of music. And because the "old" instruments must now also find their place as such for their "timbre" of singularity, Ensemble Pygmalion launches a series of commissions to young composers, independently or next to early works. This project becomes reality in May 2009 with the commissioning of a cantata (Wolkengesang) by the composer Vincent Manac'h, against two cantatas of J.S. Bach. The establishment is scheduled May 17, 2009 under the residence of Ensemble Pygmalion at Ivry-sur-Seine.

The Missae Brevis BWV 234 and BWV 235 by J.S. Bach, in April 2006, accompanied the ensemble since its birth. Presented during the tour of summer 2007, especially at a first invitation to the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, these Missae Brevis completed the magnificent Motet Der Gerechte kömmt um by Johann Kuhnau, and were the object of the recording debut of Ensemble Pygmalion for the Alpha label (Released in September 2008).

In 2008, Ensemble Pygmalion continues its work to interpret the work of J.S. Bach by proposing a new and original programme program and unreported around his students (from Bach to Bach), combining two of his cantatas with sacred works by Johann Kirnberger and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. This programme will be performed, inter alia, at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, the Académie Bach d'Arques la Bataille, and during the season Philippe Maillard, in Paris. In 2009, the recording of the last two Missae Brevis by Bach will be released by Alpha.

Around this major project, Ensemble Pygmalion explores other masters from the generation of the Leipzig Kantor, through funeral cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude, Nicolaus Bruhns and Matthias Weckmann (Klag-Lied). Their repertoire also includes a programme of Vespers reconstruction performed at Saint-Marc de Venice (Salmi Festivi) and created in residence at the Festival Les Nuits du Mont Rome in July 2006.

Ensemble Pygmalion is supported by the Orange Foundation and the Ministry of Culture.

Members of Ensemble Pygmalion Choir (2007-2014):





Myriam Arbouz
Lucie Van Baaren [MB]
Caroline Bardot
Ulrike Barth
Anne-Marie Beaudette
Mathilde Bobot
Armelle Cardot Froeliger
Adèle Carlier
Violaine Le Chenadec
Jeanne Crousaud
Anne-Emmanuelle Davy
Sabine Devieilhe
Judith Fa
Alice Glaie
Juliette Perret
Charlotte Plasse
Dagmar Šašková
Zsuzsanna Tóth
Maïlys de Villoutreys
Hélène Walter
Eugénie Warnier

Philippe Barth
Magid El-Bushra
Jean-Christophe Clair
Thierry Clementz [MB]
Barnabás Hegyi
Stéphanie Leclercq
Raphaël Mas [MB]
Cécile Pilorger
Marie Pouchelon
Lucile Richardot
Mélodie Ruvio
Marie Sarlin
Alexander Schneider

Patrick Boileau [MB]
Didier Chassaing [MB]
Davy Cornillot
Jean-Baptiste de Ereño [MB]
Fernando Guimarães
Guillaume Gutiérrez
Emmanuel Richard [MB]
Randol Rodriguez Rubio [MB]

Virgile Ancely
Pau Bordas
Nicolas Boulanger
Laurent Bourdeaux
Antoine Chauveau
Thierry Clementz [MB]
Renaud Delaigue
Jean-Michel Durang
Sydney Fierro
Geoffroy Heurard
Christian Immler
Vincent Manac'h
Michel Ohayon [MB]
Louis-Pierre Patron
Pierre Virly MB

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Members of Ensemble Pygmalion Orchestra (2007-2014):

Violins: Mika Akiha, Camille Antoinet, Matthieu Camilleri, Bojan Cici, Louis Créac'h, Sandrine Dupé, Cyrielle Eberhardt, Sophie Gent , Katherine Goodbehere, Gabriel Grosbard, Yuki Koike, Béatrice Linon, Anne Pekkala, Marie Rouquié, Paula Waisman, Satomi Watanabe, David Wish
Violas: Tiphaine Coquempot, Kate Goodbehere, Jérôme Van Waerbeke
Viols/Violas da gamba: Julien Léonard, Myriam Rignol
Violoncellos: Julien Barre, Julien Hainsworth, Jérôme Huille, Antoine Touche
Violone: Benoît Vanden Bemden
Double-basses: Elise Christiaens, Thomas de Pierrefeu, Christian Staude
Transverse Flutes: Jean Bregnac, Georgia Browne, Itay Jedlin, Anne Thivierge
Oboes: Emmanuel Laporte, Jasu Moisio, Tereza Pavelkova, Lidewei De Sterck
Bassoons: Augustin Humeau, Evolène Kiener
Horns: Eva Valla Armannsdottir, Olivier Picon
Trumpets: Friedemann Immer, Johannes Rauterberg, Jaroslav Roucek
Theorbo, archlute: Thomas Dunford
Lute: Diego Salamanca
Timpani: Antoine Siguré
Harpsichord: Arnaud de Pasquale
Organ: Sébastien Daucé


Source: Pygmalion Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2008)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2008, October 2015)

Raphaël Pichon: Short Biography | Ensemble Pygmalion | Recordings of Vocal Works

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