The French counter-tenor Jean Nirouët early studies in flute, bassoon and piano at the Strasbourg Conservatoire, developing a great interest in singing at the age of 16. He had lessons first with Germaine Lubin, and then with Jacqueline Bonnardot in Orleans, and with Christiane Eda-Pierre at the Paris Conservatoire, where he obtained the first top marks ever awarded to a counter-tenor. In 1981 he also won first prize in the ‘s Hertogenbosch InternationalSinging Competition.
Jean Nirouët’s career has brought operatic appearances throughout Europe, as well as concert performances with leading ensembles and conductors. His repertoire includes medieval and baroque music as well as French and German art songs and much contemporary music.
His recordings include operas and cantatas of George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi, Masses of Dufay, De La Rue, Gilles, Charpentier, Antonio Caldara, Giroust, and contemporary music.
Jean Nirouët is very active as a teacher of singing, with a particular interest in bel canto techniques of the nineteenth century.