RONAN KHALIL _
" passionate and convincing " - GRAMOPHONE
" un brillant claveciniste " - TÉLÉRAMA
" on est saisi par l’élan, le ton juste que Ronan Khalil, du clavecin, impulse à une musique qu’il sait rendre irrésistible " - RESMUSICA
" le public semble suspendre son souffle pour mieux en apprécier les innombrables nuances " - BAROQUIADES
Ronan Khalil is a multi-faceted talent. Born in France in 1986 of Lebanese parents, his musical career began as a boy soprano in the Maîtrise de Bretagne in Rennes, alongside harpsichord studies at that city’s renowned conservatoire. A pupil at the prestigious Chetham’s School in Manchester, he went on to gain diplomas at the conservatoires of The Hague and Paris, where he won the continuo prize. His teachers included Sharon Gould, Kenneth Weiss and Christophe Rousset.
Early professional successes included first prize at the 2008 International Harpsichord Competition (Fondation Marcelle et Robert de Lacour) at the Festival of Auvers-sur-Oise, and at the 2009 Paola Bernardi Harpsichord Competition in Bologna. Also that year his alma mater, the Paris Conservatoire, awarded him the Prix Oriolis-Kriegelstein. In 2012 he won the Audience Prize at the first Westfield International Harpsichord Competition in the USA.
Now much sought after as a soloist and continuo player, he has worked with such major conductors as William Christie, Christophe Rousset, Alessandro de Marchi, Laurence Cummings, and Sigiswald Kuijken. Notable festival appearances have included Ambronay, “Les Clavecins de Chartres”, the festival “Anima Mundi” in Pisa, and the Spring Organ Concert Series in Athens. He has also performed at the Auditorio Lingotto in Turin, the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, the Théâtre national de Toulouse, the Opéra de Vichy, Lisbon’s Centro Cultural de Belem, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and in venues throughout the Middle East, Asia and South America.
In 2012, he founded the Ensemble Desmarest, a vibrant new ensemble dedicated to historically-informed performance, which he has since directed in concerts from Rumania to Cuba. He also has a continuing working relationship with the baroque orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro, accompanying the world-famous countertenor Max-Emanuel Cencic in recitals in Paris, Munich, Froville, Strasbourg and Berlin. His wide-ranging versatility has also been marked by live appearances in the hugely successful production of Diderot’s Le Neveu de Rameau at the Ranelagh Theatre, Paris (2013), and, more recently, in his recording of the sound-track for Matthew Shattuck’s fashion “short” Fifty Shades of Greige (2016). This year he also directed the Ensemble Desmarest in their début album Il pianto della Madonna (B-Records, distributed by Naïve), which received rave reviews. He will soon be returning to Cuba with his ensemble, and will appear as soloist in Manuel de Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto with Havana’s Orquesta de Cámara, conducted by Leo Brouwer. Future plans include a residence and masterclasses at the Langtang Classik Festival on the Île de La Réunion, a début for Ensemble Desmarest at the 2016 Beirut Chants Festival in December, where he will also be performing a new recital programme Klagenlieder with rising star countertenor Rodrigo Ferreira, and further performances with Max-Emanuel Cencic in Strasbourg and Berlin.