Jérémie Rhorer

Conductor & Composer
(Updated on 02/13/2014)

Combining intellectual rigor, subtle musicality and a compelling and clear musical vision, Jérémie Rhorer consistently delivers thrilling performances of symphonic and operatic repertoire. In 2010 he made his Salzburg Festival debut conducting the Mozarteum Orchestra, and in 2011 his North American debut with a major orchestra at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, where he returns in August 2013. In the fall of 2012, Rhorer conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic orchestras in repertoire ranging from the German Romantics to Stravinsky and Tristan Keuris; both orchestras immediately re-engaged him for the 13-14 season.

Future symphonic engagements include concerts with the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. He has ongoing relationships with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, where last season he led performances of the Brahms Requiem with the NDR Rundfunkchor, and with the Basler Kammerorchester in a program featuring the music of Liszt, Berlioz, Ravel and Kagel.

He has also conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra the and Ensemble Modern (Weill Seven Deadly Sins with Angelika Kirschlager), among others..

Born in Paris in 1973, Rhorer studied the harpsichord, theory and composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, assisting Marc Minkowski and William Christie and later forming a contemporary music ensemble. He shot to prominence conducting Mozart operas at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Aix and Beaune Festivals and Paris’ Opera Comique with his period orchestra Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, which he founded in 2005 together with violinist Julien Chauvin.

Le Cerlcle made its London debut at the Barbican in 2011 and appears every year at the Musikfest Bremen and Bozar in Brussels. When Rhorer was appointed Music Director of the Mozart Festival at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, he performed staged productions of Idomeneo in 2011, Così fan tutte in 2012 and in 2013 leads performances of Don Giovanni, all with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. Rhorer and the group have also made several discs for Virgin Classics/EMI and, more recently, are bringing their fresh approach to the music of Liszt and the Beethoven symphonies in recordings for the Naïve label.

A widely praised opera conductor, Rhorer made his Wiener Staatsoper debut in 2011 and has been invited back every year since. He also appears annually at the La Monnaie in Brussels. He makes debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival with the London Philharmonic in 2013, and, in 2013-14, with the Bavarian State Opera. He will also conduct Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmelites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Verdi’s Stiffelio in Frankfurt, an opera by Chabrier at the Netherlands Opera and a new work by Thierry Escaich at Opéra National de Lyon.

Jérémie Rhorer is also a notable composer. He is a winner of the ‘Pierre Cardin Composition Prize’ of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and he has several commissioned works by the French Radio. His complete chamber music compositions were performed at the festival in La Roche-Posay in 2006. In November 2008, the orchestral version of his piano work Le cimetière des enfants was given its premier by the Orchestre National de Paris.