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Joël Pontet (Harpsichord)

Born: 1949 - France

The French harpsichordist also fortepianist Joël Pontet, studied with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. He became interested very early in fortepiano and worked with Paul Badura-Skoda and Jos van Immerseel. Other academic studies included history and art history, and he also conducted a very comprehensive course at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where he received top prizes in the classes of Norbert Dufourcq, Marcelle Benoît, Marcel Beaufils, Rémi Stricker, Jean-Pierre Guézec; then Jacques Castérède, Robert Veyron-Lacroix, Laurence Boulay, Christian Lardé, and Jean Hubeau; he then also conducted two rounds of development in musicology and chamber music.

Joël Pontetís talenets were noticed very early by the flutist Michel Debost, he played around the world over twenty years with the ensemble Secolo Baroco. He was harpsichordist in the orchestra of Jean-François Paillard, he played as a soloist with most major European chamber orchestras. He participated in the publication in facsimile of works by Méhul and Reicha for Jean-Marc Fuzeau edition.

Holder of two teaching state certificates, Joël Pontet served as a lecturer at the Paris Conservatory, professor at the Schola Cantorum and l'École normale de musique Alfred Cortot, a professor of early music and chamber music at the CRD d'Aulnay-sous-Bois et de Mantes en Yvelines since 2009, where he was advised to studies. He has participated in twelve years at the à l'Académie des Arcs and regularly gives lectures and master-classes on the interpretation of French music for harpsichord and the Viennese school of pianoforte.

Joël Pontet made numerous recordings of chamber music (J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Mozart ...). On the harpsichord he recorded J.S. Bach's famous works (Clavierübung II, Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor (BWV 903), transcription of Sonata), works by Jean-Philippe Rameau (book of 1728). He has also recorded on fortepiano the copmplete piano works of Joseph Haydn and the fantasies and works by Mozart.

Source: French Wikipedia Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (January 2012)
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Aryeh Oron (January 2012)

Joël Pontet: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Joël Pontet (Official Website) [French]

Joël Pontet (Wikipedia) [French]

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