Les Talens Lyriques
The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Talens Lyriques takes its name from an opéra-ballet by Rameau, Les Fêtes d’Hébé ou Les Talens Lyriques (1739). It was formed in 1991 by the harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset.
The operatic and instrumental repertoire the ensemble champions includes music of the Baroque and early Romantic periods – the great masterpieces, of course, but also important lesser-known works, for which they carry out the musicological research themselves.
Christophe Rousset is a musician and orchestral conductor inspired by a passion for opera and the rediscovery of Europe’s musical heritage.
He studied harpsichord at La Schola Cantorum in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus, and subsequently at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Bob van Asperen, winning the prestigious First Prize in the 7th Bruges Harpsichord Competition at the age of 22. This was followed by the creation of his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991. At the heart of the ensemble is Rousset’s academic research and specialism in the music of the Baroque, Classical and pre-Romantic periods