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Philippe Grisvard

Described as a harpsichordist and fortepianist with “iron hands in velvet gloves” (Diapason), Philippe Grisvard has established himself as one of today’s leading experts in historical keyboards. He was born in Nancy and studied piano and oboe before becoming interested in Early Music. After harpsichord lessons with Anne-Catherine Bücher, Philippe studied at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis with Jesper B. Christensen (harpsichord and basso continuo) and with Edoardo Torbianelli (fortepiano). Subsequently, he collaborated with various ensembles such as L’Achéron, La Fenice, Scherzi Musicali, Les Ombres…

Invited by period orchestras (Le Concert d'Astrée, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Freiburger Barockorchester, among others) he regularly collaborates with conductors such as Emmanuelle Haïm, René Jacobs and Sir Simon Rattle and participated in opera productions at the Paris Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Lille. 

Philippe is the principal harpsichordist of Ensemble Diderot, where he shows time and again his creative continuo skills that “amplify and colour the entire ensemble” (Diapason). He participated in more than 60 recordings for labels such as Ricercar, Virgin, harmonia mundi, Eloquentia, Accent, Linn records and Audax. In his solo albums for Audax Records (works by G.F. Handel C.F.C. Fasch) he presents the fruits of his musicological research.

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