SOLD OUT!! Jean Rondeau & Thomas Dunford: In the Company of Dreams

Jean Rondeau & Thomas Dunford
Jean Rondeau (Harpsichord) & Thomas Dunford (Lute)
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 6:00pm
3137 Aberfoyle Pl., NW, Washington DC 20015
Program Details: 

The evening's Program will include selected French harpsichord works  featured on Jean Rondeau's "Vertigo" album written by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, selected solo lute works from Thomas Dunford's recent album "Dowland: Lacrimae", and also works for harpsichord & lute.  A detailed Program will be posted shortly.

Jean Rondeau
Jean Rondeau

JEAN RONDEAU studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years before studying basso continuo with Frédéric Michel and Pierre Trocellier, organ with Jean Galard, piano with Corinne Kloska and Philippe Tambourini at the Conservatory superior of Paris, jazz and improvisation with Sylvain Halevy and Benjamin Moussay, and choir conducting with Didier Louis.  He also studied with Olivier Baumont, Blandine Rannou, and Kenneth Weiss at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and with Carole Cerasi and James Johnstone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

JEAN RONDEAU won many prizes during his musical studies including the “Prix de clavecin” with honors at the Conservatoire à rayonnement regional de Paris (CRR), and the Prix de Basse Continue” at the CRR de Boulogne.

Full of projects, JEAN RONDEAU also decided to study composition at the CRR de Paris.  He also obtained a musicology degree from the Sorbonne University and later graduated with honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique de Paris.

At 21 years of age, JEAN RONDEAU is amongst the youngest first prize winners of the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012) and winner of the EUBO Development Trust prize, an award given to the most promising young musician of the European Union.  The same year he won second prize at the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition (64th year of the Festival, 2012).  He also received the prize for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece written specifically for the contest.

JEAN RONDEAU has performed extensively in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout Europe and in the United States of America, including in Paris, Siena, Florence, London, Hatchland, Bruges, Brussels, Utrecht, St. Veit, Sofia, Latvia, Prague, Warsaw, Plock, Miami.  He frequently works with the orchestra Les Ambassadeurs under the direction of Alexis Kossenko and is a member of the Baroque ensemble Nevermind.

He co-founded an ensemble called Note Forget, The Project, with which he can experiment and perform his jazz-oriented compositions for which he received the Sunside’s trophies in 2012 and Label Ropes and Souls in 2013.

Passionate and curious about Baroque, Classical and jazz music, JEAN RONDEAU likes to mix in a little philosophy, psychology and pedagogy in order to explore the musical relationships existing between all cultures. 

Thomas Dunford
Thomas Dunford.  Photo Credit: Gerard Collett.

Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine.  He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), where he obtained a First Prize with honors in the class of Charles-Édouard Fantin. Thomas continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009.

Thomas has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and made numerous solo and ensemble appearances at the most prestigious European festivals, including Ambronay, Arc La Bataille, Bozar, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes and Utrecht.  He has also performed further afield in the United States, Israel, China, Japan and India.

Thomas has recorded extensively with leading ensembles including Cappella Mediterranea, Ensemble Clematis, La Serenissima, À Deux Violes Esgales, Capriccio Stravagante, Pygmalion and Arcangelo. He is attracted to a wide variety of music and has collaborated in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists including Paul Agnew, Leonardo García Alarcón, Nicola Benedetti, Alain Buet, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Bobby McFerrin, Monica Huggett, Alexis Kossenko, François Lazarevitch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hugo Reyne, Skip Sempé, Jean Tubéry and Jean Rondeau.

Jean Rondeau & "Vertigo"
Thomas Dunford plays John Dowland's Lachrimae