Damien Guillon

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Damien Guillon

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-     Handel’s Acis and Galatea  (Conductor)– Festival Beaune/Chaise Dieu – Stage AL Liégeois

-     Handel’s Belshazzar  (Cyrus)– Festival Opera Baroque Beaune – O. Dantone

-     B minor Mass – Bach Collegium Japan –M. Suzuki

-     Matthaus Passion – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - P. Herreweghe

-     Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo – Accademia Bizantina /O. Dantone

-     Bach B minor mass and Matthaus Passion with Ensemble Pygmalion & R. Pichon (tour)

-     Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio – DVD EMI with W. Christie/B. Lazar

-     Bach St John Passion Carnegie Hall – Violons du Roy & B. Labadie

-     Haendel’s Athalia (Joad) with P. McCreesh

Damien Guillon begins his musical knowledge in 1989 at the Maîtrise de Bretagne supervised by Jean-Michel Noël. He receives a full music education from his youngest age and quickly sings as solo soprano in many baroque oratorios as well as Opera master pieces.

Then, he is a member of the Maîtrise du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles directed by Olivier Schneebeli, where he improves his vocal technique and deepens his research about early music interpretations with Howard Crook, Jérome Corréas, Alain Buet, Noëlle Barker. He studied continuo, harpsichord and he is in 2014 admitted at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis to receive the teaching of Andreas Scholl.

Currently, his vocal and musical qualities earned him invitations to perform with conductors as famous as William Christie, Vincent Dumestre, Pierre Hantaï, Bernard Labadie, Paul McCreesh, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Hervé Niquet, Philippe Pierlot , Hans Christophe Rademann, François Xavier Roth, Christophe Rousset, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki and Philippe Herreweghe with whom he pursue a close and intense musical relationship.

His repertoire ranges from songs of the English Renaissance to Baroque oratorios and operas by Monteverdi (L’Incoronazione di PoppeaRitrono d’Ulisse in Patria), Bach (Saint John PassionSaint Matthew PassionMass in B minorLutherian massesChristmas Oratorio…), Händel (The MessiahTeseo, RinaldoAthaliaGiulio Cesare), Purcell (King Arthur and Dido and Aeneas), Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio etc…

Damien Guillon is now frequently invited as a conductor: he conducted Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo with Les Musiciens du Paradis, Bach’s Magnificat with the Café Zimmermann and the Chamber Choir of Rouen, Bach’s Cantatas with the Collegium Vocale Gent in Saintes Festival etc.

In 2009, Damien Guillon founded Le Banquet Céleste to promote an exacting work on the baroque repertoire, with a regular team of singers and instrumentalists who were all specially trained in the styles approached by the ensemble. Among other projects, we note a programme of Christmas cantatas by J.S. Bach, Lamentations and Respons by J.D. Zelenka, and further to the success Bach Alto solo Cantatas’s recording, he began a productive collaboration with Glossa with Bach’s Psalm 51 and Vivladi’s Nisi Dominus. 2015 was his first appearance on an orchestra pit conducting Le Banquet Céleste on a new scenic production of Haendel’s Acis and Galatea, staged by Anne Laure Liégeois.

In demand for his concert work, he performs Bach Christmas cantatas Weinachts-oratorium with Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent (Lincoln Center in New York, Palau de la Musica in Barcelone, Baden-Baden Festival etc…) and also with prestigious Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra; a European tour of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with Raphaël Pichon and Ensemble Pygmalion, Bach’s Cantatas with Nederlandse Bach Society; Bach’s Alto solo cantatas and Vivaldi’s Motets with Café Zimmerman; with Bernard Labadie Vivaldi’s Selva Regina with the New World Symphony in Miami etc.

Recent and future engagements included Cyrus in Handel’s Belshazzar with Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina, Bach’s B minor Mass with Mazaaski Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, a European tour and recording of Saint Matthew Passion with Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent, Bach’s Easter Oratorio with Holland Bach Society, Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Magnificat with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée etc.

Date Last Edited January 2017


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