Jérémie Rhorer © Caroline Doutre

Jérémie Rhorer

Jérémie Rhorer is one of the most versatile and intellectually challenging conductors of his generation. He continues the tradition of the artist-innovator as founder and musical director of the orchestra Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, and as such explores the repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries with period instruments and original pitches. As a conductor, Rhorer is an equally celebrated interpreter of Mozart's works as well as modern ones. Jérémie Rhorer is also a respected composer and winner of the Prix Pierre Cardin.

Rhorer has conducted some of the most distinguished international orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris and the Czech Philharmonic. He is a regular guest with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. A sought-after opera conductor, Rhorer has conducted productions at the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, Opéra National de Lyon, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Rhorer has also been a guest at some of Europe's most prestigious international festivals, including Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival and the Spoleto Festival. With Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, he has led groundbreaking new interpretations of standard operas: most recently, he conducted performances of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Edinburgh International Festival and Musikfest Bremen 2017/18, now available on DVD) and Verdi's La traviata (at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris and Musikfest Bremen 2018/19) with period instruments and Verdi's original 432 Hz tuning.

For more than 10 years, Jérémie Rhorer has developed a close relationship with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, where he has conducted a wide range of standard, rarely performed and contemporary operas. Following his debut with Spontini's La vestale, Rhorer gave an acclaimed interpretation of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites directed by Olivier Py, which won the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Award for its DVD recording. Rhorer has also conducted the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées' Mozart series over several seasons, conducting Le Cercle de l'Harmonie in La clemenza di Tito (December 2014), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (September 2015), Don Giovanni (December 2016) and Le nozze di Figaro (December 2019).

Highlights of the 2022/23 season will be Rhorer's return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Alongside these will be his debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Bordeaux-Aquitaine and the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He is also making his debut at the Zurich Opera House with a new production of Offenbach's rare opera Barkouf.

In recent years, Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l'Harmonie have initiated an innovative residency at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, with an educational programme for new audiences.