Jean Rondeau – The playlist What The France
In 2012, at just 21 years old, Jean Rondeau became one of the youngest performers ever to take First Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012), also winning the EUBO Development Trust prize; an accolade bestowed on the most promising young musician of the European Union. The same year, he claimed second place in the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition (64th edition of the Festival, 2012), along with a nod for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece composed specially for that contest.
In 2013, he also won the Prix des Radios Francophones Publiques and in 2015 he was ‘Instrumental Soloist Revelation’ at the Classical Victoires de La Musique. His debut album of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Imagine, was released in January 2015. In 2016, the second recording on Erato, Vertigo, saw Rondeau pay tribute to two Baroque composers from his native France: Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pancrace Royer. His latest album, Dynastie, explores keyboard concertos by Bach&Sons.
Jean Rondeau studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years, followed by training in basso continuo, organ, piano, jazz and improvisation, and conducting. He pursued further studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, graduating with honours, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.