vocal and instrumental ensemble:Ensemble Pygmalion

Pygmalion is a French vocal and instrumental ensemble , founded in 2006 by the conductor and orchestra Raphael Pichon .

This choir and orchestra ensemble, whose instrumentalists play on period instruments, aspires to create correspondences between works from different periods.


The Pygmalion ensemble is a variable geometry ensemble with between 5 and 60 instrumentalists and between 20 and 40 choristers depending on the programs . He regularly collaborates with soloists such as Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) , Nahuel Di Pierro (bass) , Lucile Richardot (mezzo), Siobhan Stagg (soprano) , Perrine Devillers (soprano) , Reinoud van Mechelen (counterenor) or Zachary Wilder (tenor) .


Pygmalion devotes himself to baroque and classical works as well as romantic or contemporary. The Pygmalion ensemble notably explores the links between these different musical periods, in search of the filiations that exist between the works of Bach and Mendelssohn for example, or between those of Rameau and Gluck .

The interaction between choir and orchestra is at the center of the Pygmalion training project, with an emphasis on staging and dramaturgy. The ensemble thus regularly calls on directors such as Romeo Castellucci , Katie Mitchell , Aurelien Bory , Simon McBurney , Jetske Mijnssen , Pierre Audi or again Michel Fau .

Representations and activity

Pygmalion performs regularly on French stages such as the Philharmonie de Paris , the Opera Comique , the Royal Opera of Versailles or during festivals in Aix-en-Provence , La Chaise-Dieu and Royaumont . The ensemble also performs only on international stages such as Cologne, Frankfurt, Essen, Vienna, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong-Kong, Barcelona and Brussels.

In July 2020, Pygmalion participates in the project “Ensemble, enchantons ete” alongside the Aedes ensemble , the Metaboles , d ' accentus , les Cris de Paris and the Maitrise Populaire of the Opera Comique .
Pygmalion is currently in residence at the Opera National de Bordeaux and at the Singer-Polignac Foundation .

The Pygmalion Kiosk

In November 2019, the “Le Kiosque” project was set up by Pygmalion, in partnership with the Mollat bookstore in Bordeaux, to give a new dynamic to the whole, by attracting a wider audience in New Aquitaine, through a series of free concerts .

The Kiosk also introduces young audiences to choral singing and instrumental practice through the organization of workshops and concerts, in partnership with the DAAC of the Rectorate of the Academy of Bordeaux .



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