Olivier Baumont


Since September 2001, Olivier Baumont is the harpsichord teacher at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse.

Olivier Baumont's discography, regularly praised in the international press, consists of some sixty recordings, primarily solo pieces. After recording the complete harpsichord works of J.P Rameau for Accord-Universal, Olivier Baumont produced over twenty disks for Erato: the complete harpsichord works by François Couperin, works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, as well as by Russian and American Englightenment composers. He has also recorded the complete two books of harpsichord pieces by Chambonnières (AS Musique); the Livre de Noëls by Balbastre; the full work of Daquin; and, recently, a recital on the Dom Bedos Sainte-Croix organ in Bordeaux of French organ music from the end of the Ancien Régime period (“Tempéraments” Radio-France). He also in 2012 recorded Telemann’s pieces for the harpsichord and clavichord and in 2014 the works by Bach for the lute-harpsichord (Euromusic/Harmonia Mundi). He recently recorded the Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach with Anne Magouët, Christine Plubeau, Julien Chauvin, and Aurélien Delage (Bayard Musique) as well as violin and harpsichord music from Versailles with Julien Chauvin on two historical instruments belonging to the château (Aparté/Harmonia Mundi).

In 2014, Olivier Baumont initiated an important series of concerts for the Cité de la Musique in Paris on Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete works for the harpsichord (March 11-21). It reunited 20 harpsichordists of all generations and many different countries.

Olivier Baumont published the book Couperin, le musicien des rois (Découvertes Gallimard, Muses prize 1998); Vivaldi (Gallimard Jeunesse), La Musique à Versailles (Actes Sud/Château de Versailles/Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, 2007 Prize for Best Book on Music from the Syndicat des Critiques Musicaux Français), and recently « A l’Opéra Monsieur ! » La musique dans les Memoires de Saint-Simon (L’Infini, Gallimard) ; this latest work was written as part of a residency at the château of Chambord in 2014.

Olivier Baumont also recently produced the music for Stéphane Brizé’s new film, Une Vie, based on Maupassant’s eponymous novel.