Biography Ensemble Zene & Bruno Kele-Baujard

Ensemble Zene & Bruno Kele-BaujardEnsemble Zene & Bruno Kele-Baujard

Ensemble Zene
It was at the initiative of Bruno Kele-Baujard that the ZENE ensemble was created in 2014 (ZENE is pronounced [zɛnɛ] and means music in Hungarian).

This group of varying numbers brings together young professional instrumentalists and singers from major European conservatories.

Essentially devoted to early music, ZENE is particularly famous in the Italian Baroque repertoire. The ensemble also tackles the romantic repertoire with Johannes Brahms' German Requiem alongside Duo Jatekok. Among the programs tackled by the ensemble, we can cite the Madrigals of Monteverdi and Gesualdo, a program of English renaissance music, and also the Motets and Cantatas of Jean-Sébastien Bach.

At the initiative of its artistic director of Hungarian origin, the year 2018 marks the beginning of a vast musicological research around Hungarian baroque music, a forgotten repertoire of the 17th and 18th century (Kájoni János, Seregély Mátyás).

In February 2018 the first album of the ensemble "VIA DOLOROSA" was released around the Stabat Mater by Domenico Scarlatti (Klarthe Label). ​

ZENE is the guest of prestigious festivals in France and in Europe (Musical Weeks of Quimper, Festival of the Abbeys of Lorraine, Voci d'Europa (Italy), Présence Baroque au Puy)

Bruno Kele-Baujard
grew up in an exceptionally rich Franco-Hungarian cultural environment. He was introduced to music at an early age by Ilonka and Péter Eötvös, György Ligeti, Márta and György Kurtág and others.

Strongly influenced by his aunt Judit Kele (a famous documentary film-maker and music lover), whom he often accompanied to concerts, he discovered the great works of the repertoire at a very early age.

He took up piano and singing using the Kodály method, and joined the Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Louis de Paris under the direction of Ariel Alonso.

A true jack-of-all-trades, he also learnt to play the saxophone and the violin.

At the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, he studied with Marcel Vanaud and Stephan Van Dyck.

Bruno worked as an ensemble conductor with Ariel Alonso, and was taught by Péter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda and Helmuth Rilling.

In 2014, he founded the ensemble ZENE and has been its artistic director ever since.

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