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Jean-Marc Labylle and Collegium Orpheus

Jean-Marc Labylle is today considered one of the greatest contemporary Baroque conductors.
In 1972 Jean-Marc Labylle studied at the Schola Cantorum in Paris in Roger Cotte’s recorder class and began his career as a soloist with the chamber orchestra Paul Kuentz with whom he interpreted the main concertos of Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann. His young career led him to perform in the greatest French venues, as well as in Spain, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg alongside prestigious soloists Maurice André, Huguette Dreyfus, Jacques Chambon, Bernard Soustrot, Guy Touvron, Eric Aubier, etc.

As early as in 1975, his analyses naturally led him to deepen the interpretation of Baroque works through the study of early music treatises leading him to an entirely new authenticity. To do this, he brought together ten young musicians, formed the ensemble Consort Orpheus and began to explore the music repertory of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries by working on the particular style of this era.

In 1986, the Consort Orpheus became the Collegium Orpheus, the first group of ancient instruments from Brittany. Since 1990 he has devoted himself primarily to sacred music and has created two vocal ensembles Finis Terrae in Brest and Aquilonia in Quimper, with which he has presented the great works of the 16th to the 19th centuries (Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven).

At the same time, Jean-Marc Labylle carried out a deep pedagogical work, which enabled him to be engaged by the JMF, the Musigrains (Concerts at the Salle Pleyel) and to become a professor at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental in Brest, directing the recorder and baroque music classes. Since 2000, every summer he organises tours for the Collegium Orpheum’s “Jeunes Talents” to allow young professionals to perform as soloists and in small ensembles, and to allow the public to discover or rediscover the sometimes unknown works in the Baroque repertoire. His commitment, his musical influence and his personal charisma have enabled Brittany to see many talents blossom, which in turn have made this region a land of ancient music which cannot be ignored.


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