Artistic Direction

Valentin Tournet

Leaving in a musical environment since his birth in 1996, Valentin Tournet starts with viola da gamba at the age of 5 and rapidly gets passionate about this instrument. He gets his first price of Viola da Gamba and chamber music at 14 years old.

At the same time, he belongs to the Children Choir of the Paris Opera which enabled him to participate in many operas and concerts in prestigious theaters (Bastille opera house, Champs-Elysees theater, tours in Syria and Jordan…).

During many years, he studied with Jerome Hantai, Emmanuelle Guigues and participates to Sablé Academy. Later on, he goes to Brussels to attend Philippe Pierlot classes at the Brussels Koninklijk Conservatorium, then to the Paris National Conservatory of Music with Christophe Coin. He becomes Jordi Savall student with whom he shares a passion for the art of improvisation.

Thanks to this rich musical environment, since he is 13 years old, he performs all over Europe as soloist during concerts, musical tours and festivals. He started at the MA Bruges Festival and at the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht as a soloist. Discovering orchestra when he was at the Opera makes him passionate about conducting he studies with Pierre Cao. He meets with Philippe Herreweghe and follows his work within his Ensembles.

In 2017, he creates La Chapelle Harmonique, a choir and a period-instrument orchestra. The first concerts of an unknown version of Saint John Passion took place in the Royal Chapel of Versailles Palace.

Artist in residency at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, he is supported by Fondation Safran, Fondation Meyer and Porosus Endowment Fund.