Raphaël Pichon began his musical training at the Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs de Versailles and went on to study singing, the violin and the piano at the Conservatoire á Rayonnement Régional and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. As a young countertenor he sang under the direction of Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, and Geoffroy Jourdain with whom he performed contemporary works. In 2006 he founded Pygmalion, a choir and a period-instrument orchestra. The repertoire of Pygmalion is nurtured by the filiations that link Bach to Mendelssohn, Schütz to Brahms, and Rameau to Gluck and Berlioz. Along with this group – now an associate ensemble at the Opéra de Bordeaux – he is invited to appear at leading festivals, where he has attracted attention with his interpretations of the sacred music of Bach and the tragédies lyriquesof Rameau.
Among the most relevant projects of these last years, we can focus on his debut at the festival d’Aix-en-Provence with “Trauernacht”,a creation based on Bach’s music in a Katie Mitchell’s original staging (2014), the rediscovery of the Luigi Rossi’s “Orfeo”(Opéra national de Lorraine, Opéra de Versailles, 2016) or also on the ambitious spatialization in the Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Virgine”acclaimed by the international press (Holland Festival, BBC Proms, Chapelle Royale de Versailles, Bachfest Leipzig, 2017).
Raphaël Pichon expanded his repertoire since he has conducted some major works as Brahms’s “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, Mendelssohn’s “Elias”or also Stravinsky’s “Noces”. He received invitations from major international ensembles: the Holland Baroque Society, the Stavanger Symfoniorkester, les Violons du Roy, le Scottish Chamber Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, la Zurich Opera House, le DSO Berlin, etc. After releasing the complete “Missae breves”of Bach and a version of “Dardanus” for Alpha, Raphaël Pichon has recorded for Harmonia Mundi since 2014, a collaboration that has so far produced Bach’s “Köthener Trauermusik”, Rameau’s “Castor et Pollux”, “Rheinmädchen”, a new version of “Dardanus”, Rossi’s “Orfeo”(both on DVD), “Stravaganza d’Amore”and a forthcoming release based on Rameau and Gluck’s music with the French baritone Stéphane Degout. Also released recently was “Mozart and the Weber Sisters”with Sabine Devieilhe (Erato).
This discography has received prizes in France and abroad, including a Gramophone Award 2016, CD des Monats (“Opernwelt”), Diapason d’Or de l’Année, Choc de “Classica”, “ffff”de“Télérama”, a Victoire de la Musique 2015, an Edison Klassiek Award 2016, a Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros for 2016, and Best Classical Recording 2016 by “Forbes”.
The 2017-2018 season started with a new production based on Purcell’s aria at Paris’ Opéra Comique in September (“Miranda”, staged by Katie Mitchell), preceding a “Bach 7” programs cycle at Philharmonie de Paris based on cantatas mixed with other performing arts and a series of concerts with Stéphane Degout (Rameau, Gluck). The season ends with two Mozart projects: his “Requiem”and some masonic works at Opéra Royal de Versailles and Simon McBurney’s production of “The Magic Flute”at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.