The French flutist, oboist and conductor, Hugo Reyne, started playing the recorder and the oboe at a very early age. Within a short space of time, he received numerous diplomas and the highest awards from several conservatoires, to say nothing of the many first prizes he obtained at national level. In 1981, he was awarded first prize at the Hurtebise international recorder competition and in 1984, he won the chamber music award at the Concours International de Bruges.
As a solo flautist, Hugo Reyne has recorded George Frideric Handel’s sonatas (Harmonia Mundi), Arcangelo Corelli concertos (Opus 111), the Dieupart suites (EMI), the sonata for recorder by Anne Philidor (Musique à Versailles - Virgin) and a collection of works by Purcell (Virgin), Gautier (Astrée-Naïve), Dornel (Tempéraments-Radio-France) and Fiocco (Musique en Wallonie).
For many years, Hugo Reyne was a highly valued performer with the leaders of the Baroque movement (Frans Brüggen, William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Gustav Leonhardt and Jordi Savall) and had a successful orchestral career before founding his own company, La Simphonie du Marais, in 1987. In the 1980's, he played both flute and oboe in most of the baroque ensembles in Paris, notably 1st flute at Les Arts Florissants from 1983 to 1996. He has performed in the USA, Canada, South America, Australia, and Japan and throughout Europe. He has also worked as musical director for other orchestras including the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine.
Hugo Reyne, who has been awarded the Certificat d’Aptitude de Musique Ancienne, has taught in a number of music academies and conservatoires, particularly the Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux from 1990 to 2000, and has also shared his passion during training courses held for young musicians. He has been teaching at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille since 2001.
Hugo Reyne also devotes a considerable amount of time to musicology research and to publishing early scores. In 1998, he was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the ministry for culture for his work on France’s musical heritage. Hugo Reyne has been the artistic director of the "Musiques à la Chabotterie" festival since 2003 and lives in Vendee.
In 1987, Hugo Reyne decided to form an ensemble devoted entirely to reviving France’s musical heritage of the 17th and 18th centuries. The name he chose combines the word "simphonie", which at the time was used to denote an instrumental ensemble, and the Marais, one of the most beautiful areas of Paris, typical of the Baroque period.
Hugo Reyne and La Simphonie du Marais perform a repertoire that ranges from the early baroque period to the classical period, with special emphasis on French music from Lully to Rameau. This ensemble brings together the most eminent musicians of the young baroque generation, giving Hugo Reyne the opportunity to bring his musicology research to life and to illustrate the innovative aspect of his interpretation. The ensemble explore avenues of chamber music with flute or oboe, orchestral symphonies with between 15 and 30 musicians, open-air music with oboe band, side drums, trumpets and timpani and the birth of French opera.
Le Chœur du Marais was created in 1998 by Hugo Reyne in order to play the French opera repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. It includes young singers. Its repertoire is essentially made up of works by Lully and Rameau.
Willing to unite music, theatre, poetry, dance, history and architecture, Hugo Reyne brings together actors, dancers and even horsemen with La Simphonie du Marais and Le Chœur du Marais, thus creating quite a troupe on performances and more specifically on thematic concerts that trigger the audiences’ imagination.
La Simphonie du Marais has been performing for some twenty years on the national and international scenes, and has participated in numerous important musical events in French major cities and abroad. As for theatre, some comedie-ballets by Molière and Lully have already been performed by La Simphonie du Marais which, in the operatic sphere, has also re-created many operas and devise a new programme devoted to Lully every year.
The ensemble is also to be found in the recording studio and around 20 CD's, all critically-acclaimed, have made their music known to a wider audience : Delalande, desmarest, Dieupart, Dornel, Francœur, Gautier,Haendel, Moreau, Philidor, Purcell, Rameau, thematic albums (La Fontaine, Musiques à danses, Musiques aux Etats du languedoc, Musiques pour les Mousquetaires), and, since 1999, a collection devoted to Lully (Accord).
La Simphonie du Marais is a member of the French Federation of Specialised Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles (FEVIS). In 2004, la Simphonie du Marais took up residence at La Chabotterie in Vendée, in the west of France, with the support of the Conseil Général de Vendée, the Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire and DRAC Pays de la Loire and Vendée expansion.
La Simphonie du Marais is a member of the Federation and Syndicat des Ensembles Vocaux et Instrumentaux Spécialisés (FEVIS and PROFEVIS). Based at La Chabotterie in the Vendee region since 2004, it es subsidised by the Departmental Council of Vendée, the Regional Council of Les Pays de la Loire, the Ministry of Culture (Pays de la Loire Regional Cultural Affairs Department - DRAC) and the community of municipalities of the canton of Rocheservière. In 2005, La Simphonie du Marais created a club of businesses bringing together, in particular, Vendée Expansion, Crédit Mutuel Océan and the auditing firm of Béjanin-Dermagne-Maekawa Associates.