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Jean-Patrice Brosse (Organ, Harpsichord)

Born: France

The French organist and harpsichordist, Jean-Patrice Brosse, completed his comprehensive artistic training at the Conservatoir du Mans (Paris) which included harpsichord, organ, chamber music and orchestral conducting, as well as at the Accademia Chigiana de Sienne and Architecture at the Beaux-Arts de Paris.

At the age of 23 years, following a concert tour in the USA and South America, Jean-Patrice Brosse was appointed as a harpsichordist and organ player at the Ars Antiqua de Paris, the Ensemble Polyphonique (under the baton of Charles Ravier) and the Orchestres de la Radio. Thereafter he was associated with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse with whom he recorded for EMI.

Later on, Jean-Patrice Brosse accompanied leading artists such as Henryk Szeryng, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice André, Frédéric Lodéon, Arto Noras, Gundula Janowitz, Rita Streich, Hugues Cuénod, Isabel Garcisanz, Derek Lee Ragin, Michel Sénéchal and Cecilia Bartoli. He participated actively in the Jeunesses Musicales de France, with whom he performed numerous concerts and recorded his firsts CD's as a soloist, music of Purcell, Clérambault and Duphly as well as Bach Sonatas with Jean-Pierre Wallez. In addition, he peformed orchestral masterpieces such as Francis Poulenc's Concerto for harpsichord, Camille Saint-Saëns' Symphony for Organ, concerts of de Falla and Frank Martin, Church Sonata of Sauguet - with leading ensembles such as : Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Holland under the batons of Georges Prêtre , Emmanuel Krivine, Jean-Pierre Marty, Marek Janowski and Michel Plasson. Henri Sauguet composed for Brosse his Church Sonata, Jean-Michel Damase his Pastorales for Organ and Joaquin Nin his Symphonie des Mystères.

Jean-Patrice Brosse founded the Concerto Rococo, a small instrumental ensemble playing on original ancient instruments, designed to perform Harpsichord and Organ musical pieces from the 18th century (J.S. Bach, Schobert, Balbastre, Michel Corrette, Mozart, Soler, Haydn...). As a researcher, he reconstructed forgotten liturgical music for Organ and Harpsichord from the Baroque, as well as Gregorean Chants such as Mass Agatange, Mass de Bordeaux, Voeu de Louis XIII...), and revised and edited masterpieces of Schobert and Soler.

As a soloist, concertist and chamber musician, Jean-Patrice Brosse regularly participated and was invited to prestigious French fetivals such as: La Chaise-Dieu, Sully, Septembre musical de l'Orne, Saôu, St. Riquier, Lessay, Nuits du Suquet, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Prades, Centre baroque de Versailles, Orangerie de Sceaux, Avignon, Aix, Art sacré de Paris, Toulouse les Orgues, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Radio-France-Montpellier, Albi, Nuits d'Uzès, Festival baroque de Pontoise, Mai de Bordeaux, St. Lizier, Comminges, Maguelone, Déodat de Séverac à St. Félix-Lauraguais, Bourges, La Rochelle, Dijon. In addition, he appeared thrrouout Europe, the USA, South America, Far East. He also taught in master-classes during numerous prestigious festivals : Echternach, Brusselles, Anvers, Francfort, Berlin, Dresden, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, La Haye, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Warsaw, Istanbul, Milan, Naplesand Hong-Kong.

At present, Jean-Patrice Brosse records a series of Harpsichord pieces of Michel Corrette, Balbastre, A.L. Couperin, Royerand Duphly. Parallely, he published a book entitled Le Clavecin des Lumières. He is the Artistic Director of the Festival du Comminges, and is appointed as a Honorary Professor for Baroque Harpsichord and Organ at the 'École Normale de Musique de Paris.


Source: Festival Pablo Casals Prades Website
Contributed by
Teddy Kaufman (December 2006)

Jean-Patrice Brosse: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

Jean-Patrice Brosse (Official Website) [French]
Jean-Patrice Brosse (Festival Pable Casals Prades)

Jean-Paatrice Brosse - Biography (AMG)

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