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Jean-Christophe Vervoitte


Born in 1970, Jean-Christophe Vervoitte began his musical studies in the North of France where, traditionally, music is both a cultural and social endeavor.


A student of Marc Barbier at the Douai Conservatory, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatory in 1988 in the horn classes of Georges Barboteu and André Cazalet. In 1991, he obtained a First Prize in horn and two First Prizes in Chamber Music. At the same time, he studied harmony with Jean-Claude Raynaud, orchestra conducting with Jean-Sébastien Béreau, natural horn with Claude Maury and studied the organ. 


In 1993, he participated in the International Chamber Music Academy "Prag Mozart Academy" which offered him the opportunity, during three months, to receive advice from the greatest specialists in the discipline.


The same year, he joined the soloists of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez, an exceptional artistic adventure that allowed him to meet and work with the main representatives of contemporary creation of the second half of the 20th century: Stockhausen, Carter, Berio, Donatoni, Ligeti with whom he worked on the Trio for violin, horn and piano in Hamburg in 2002.


Jean-Christophe Vervoitte is at the origin of numerous creations for his instrument as a soloist or chamber musician in collaboration with composers of the new generation: Michaël Jarrell, Bruno Mantovani, Matthias Pintscher, Marc Monnet, Marco Stroppa, Alain Louvier, Johannes Maria Staud or as a chamber musician with Barbara Hannigan, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Barbara Hendricks, Patrick Gallois, André Cazalet, Christian Tetzlaff, Pier-Luigi Frabretti. His experience in prestigious symphonic orchestras (Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Opéra de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse) have allowed him to play under the direction of Riccardo Muti, Seïji Osawa, Esa Pekka Salonen, Heinz Holliger, Kurt Masur…


Since 2017, Jean-Christophe Vervoitte has initiated with musician friends members of Les Arts Florissants, the Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, a collaboration of chamber music in the framework of the programming of the Philharmonie de Paris.

Since their creation, these chamber music concerts with three ensembles have considerably enriched the range of themes offered and the public has given these concerts an enthusiastic welcome.


In November 2019, accompanied by the pianist Sebastien Vichard, he played a recital on ancient instruments of the Philharmonie de Paris museum. During this concert, he performed Beethoven's Horn Sonata, Robert Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, and Michael Jarrell's Assonance IVb, a program that testifies to a desire to renew concert themes.

Jean-Christophe Vervoitte has given masterclasses at the International Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the American universities of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and California (Berkeley), at the University of Seoul, at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) and was Professor of Horn and Chamber Music at the Pierre Boulez Academy of the Lucerne Festival from 1999 to 2017.

He currently teaches French Horn and Chamber Music at the CRR-Pôle Supérieur de Paris-Boulogne-Billancourt since 2009 and contributed artistically to the recent opening of the "Philharmonie des enfants" at the Philharmonie de Paris.

IHS55 Featured Artist

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