Sébastien Daucé

musical director and harpsichord

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After taking specialised postgraduate courses in the classes of Yves Rechsteiner and Françoise Lengellé at the CNSM de Lyon, Sébastien Daucé went on to play under the direction of such conductors as Kenneth Weiss (in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Monteverdi madrigals), Gabriel Garrido (Ensemble Elyma), Toni Ramon (Maîtrise de Radio France), Françoise Lasserre (Akadêmia), Geoffroy Jourdain (Les Cris de Paris), and Raphaël Pichon (Ensemble Pygmalion). He was Kenneth Weiss’s assistant at the Academy sessions of 2006 and 2007 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and has also worked with Emmanuel Mandrin at the Abbaye-aux-Dames in Saintes.

For the past few years he has dedicated himself essentially to the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, three of whose operas he edited for the Éditions des Abbesses in collaboration avec William Christie. His first two recordings with the Ensemble Correspondances (O Maria!, psalms and motets by Charpentier, and L’Archange & le Lys, a mass and motets by Antoine Boësset, both for Zig-Zag Territoires) earned him widespread praise in the specialist press, with such distinctions as the Choc de Classica, Diapason Découverte, Coup de Cœur de l’Académie Charles Cros, and **** in Fono Forum.