Ensemble Pygmalion

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Ensemble Pygmalion

Pygmalion , direction : Raphaël Pichon


Pygmalion has been a Resident Artist of the Fondation Singer-Polignac since 2013.

Founded in 2006 by Raphaël Pichon at the Europa Bach Festival, Pygmalion was born of a desire to bring together a choir and an orchestra on period instruments.

The original project of Pygmalion lies in its willingness to build its identity by moving with a permanent team and drawing in the directory covering mainly Bach and Rameau’s répertoire. But as the "old" instruments must now also find their place as such for their "timbre" of singularity, Pygmalion launches a series of commissions to young composers, independently or next to early works.

Regularly invited by the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu from 2007, Pygmalion’s performances include some of the most reknown festivals and concerts series in France and abroad : Festivals of la Chaise-Dieu, Beaune, Sablé, Ambronay, Saintes, Arques-la-bataille, Musikfest Bremen, Nantes’ Folle Journée, Brussels’ Bozar, Bordeaux and Rouen’s Opéra, MAFestival Brugge, La Roque d’Anthéron’s piano festival.

Projects in 2011 – 2012 particularly include a series of Rameau’s tragedies for the Festival of Beaune, and Bordeaux & Versailles’ operas, with Dardanus and Hippolyte & Aricie in their late versions, the reconstruction of Bach’s Köthener Trauermusik BWV 244a and a romantic choral program (Brahms, Schubert, Bruckner).

In 2013 and 2014, Pygmalion will propose Bach’s Johannes Passion and Mass in B minor, and Rameau’s Castor and Pollux. Those projects will lead Pygmalion to Paris’ Salle Pleyel and Opéra Comique, Bordeaux & Versailles’ opera houses, Beaune, La Chaise-Dieu, Oslo and St Denis’ festivals, Hamburg’ ElbPhilharmonie.

Pygmalion recorded an integrale of Bach’s Missae Breves for Alpha-Outhere, awarded Diapason d’or de l’année 2008 and the Orphée, Editor’s Choice by Gramophone.

Its last recording, Missa 1733 – the original version of the B minor mass, just received ffff of Télérama.

Pygmalion is supported by the Orange Foundation and the Ministry of Culture. Pygmalion is in residency at St-Denis festival and the Royaumont Foundation.