Biography Pierre Hantaï


Pierre Hantaï
Born in 1964, became passionately devoted to the music of Bach around the age of ten. Thanks to the influence of Gustav Leonhardt, he began to study the harpsichord, alone at first, then guided by the American teacher Arthur Haas. He gave his first concerts at an early age, alone or with his brothers Marc and Jérôme. He then spent two years studying in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt, who subsequently invited him to perform under his direction.

In the years that followed he collaborated with many musicians and directors of Baroque ensembles, among them Philippe Herreweghe, the Kuijken brothers, François Fernandez, Marc Minkowski, and Philippe Pierlot. Nowadays he mostly performs as a soloist around the world. He often appears as a guest with Jordi Savall, and he also enjoys joining his brothers and such friends as Hugo Reyne, Sébastien Marq, Amandine Beyer, Skip Sempé, Olivier Fortin, Christophe Coin and Jean-Guihen Queyras to play chamber music.

He recently re-formed the ensemble he created in the 1980s, Le Concert Français, for several concerts and a disc of suites and cantatas by Bach.

His extensive discography includes a number of recordings for Mirare: Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I), Goldberg Variations, and flutesonatas (with Hugo Reyne); three discs of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; a program of works by François Couperin; and most recently a recording of music for two harpsichords by Rameau (with Skip Sempé).

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