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Didier Bouture (Conductor)

Born: 1961 (?) - France

The French conductor, Didier Bouture, began to study singing in 1971 at the age of 10. Then, in 1977, he studied conducting with Pierre Dervaux and graduated at the 'École Normale de Musique de Paris, culminating with unanimous prize. While moving towards a career as a conductor, Bouture has always kept a deep commitment to choral conducting. He followed the guidance of Eric Ericson, Edward Higginbottom and Sir David Willcocks, including the specific work with children's voices.

Since then, Didier Bouture was assistant professor of conducting at the ENMP in 1986 and 1987, and choir master of Les Petits Chanteurs de Paris from 1983 to 1986. From 1987 to 1993 he directed the Ensemble Vocal De Neuilly. Since 1996 he has directed the Choeur Saint-Thomas d'Aquin. He is also invited to direct courses for choir directors at the Centre d'art polyphonique d'Ile-de-France.

Moreover, Didier Bouture has a singing career as a counter-tenor, performing in ensembles as the Concert Spirituel directed by Hervé Niquet, with whom he has given numerous concerts with artists such as James Bowman, Catherine Collard, Augustin Dumay, Patrice Fontanarosa, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Marcel Landowski, Guillemette Laurens, Jacques Loussier, Marielle Nordmann, Gérard Poulet, Anne Queffélec, Jacques Rouvier, Nathalie Stutzmann and others, resulting in a significant discography distributed in Europe, the USA and Japan.

In 1981, Didier Bouture founded the Ensemble Orchestral Harmonia Nova, with whom he produced many concerts and recordings. As the the head of the Ensemble, he has conducted works as Le Cantique de la Création by Jacques Casterède, revivals of Erszebet by Charles Chaynes with Martine Surais, and more recently Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by J.B de Boismortier àat the Opéra de Bordeaux, etc., and participated in the creation of the original French version of Médée by L. Cherubini with Michèle Command, Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias by Stafros Xarhakos in France and abroad and the revival of La Périchole by J. Offenbach with Gabriel Bacquier, and Mignon by A. Thomas with Annick Massis and Jean-Philippe Courtis.

Didier Bouture was invited by Nikolaus Harnoncourt for production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, and in February 1997, The Castle of the Devil Pleasures by F. Schubert at the Zürich Opera. He has conducted orchestras as the Orchestre de Pau, 'Orchestre Symphonique de Jeunes en Ile-de-France, Orchestre français d'Oratorio, Sinfonietta de Picardie, Akademia - Ensemble Vocal Regional de Champagne-Ardenne (Françoise Lasserre), Audite Nova (Jean Sourisse), Ensemble vocal Michel Piquemal, Ensemble vocal Patrick Marco, Intermezzo (Claire Marchand), Lumen de Lumine (Didier Louis).

Since February 1999, Didier Bouture has served as artistic director and teacher of the Centre d'art polyphonique de l'ARIAM Ile-de-France. He served in this post until 2001.

Source: France Musique Website (199, Courtesy of the Service de Presse de la Direction de la Musique de Radio France), English translation by Aryeh Oron (March 2011); Bits & pieces from other sources
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Aryeh Oron (March 2011)

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