A sensation in France, Philippe Jaroussky has in recent years become one of the world's most distinguished counter-tenors: "A young singer with the tone of an Angel and the virtuosity of the Devil".
Philippe Jaroussky began his musical training as violinist, and continued to expand his artistic horizons when turning to singing, earning a diploma from the Paris Conservatoire's Early Music department. He has studied singing with Nicole Fallien since 1996.
In 2004, Philippe Jaroussky was voted Operatic Revelation of the Year at the "Victoires de la Musique Classique". This distinction marked a major a turning point for his outstanding reputation in France as well as on concert platforms and in major opera houses internationally.
He made his debut in 1999, performing at the Royaumont and Ambronay Festivals in Scarlatti's oratorio Sedecia with Il Seminario Musicale and Gerard Lesne (Virgin Classics). With La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy and Jean Claude Malgoire, he performed in the Monteverdi opera trilogy, in the role of Arbace in Vivaldi's Catone in Utica, in Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus and in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. In 2003, he sung the role of Nerone in Handel's Agrippina in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. He also appeared with La Fenice and Jean Tubéry, with whom he recorded Bassani's La Morte Delusa and A Concert for Mazarin (Virgin Classics). With Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinozi, he had great success in Vivaldi's La Veritá in cimento (Naïve) and in the role of Ruggiero in Vivaldi's Orlando furioso (Naïve) at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées - as well as in the role of Osmino in La Fida Ninfa, again at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
Philippe Jaroussky has been recently heard in Germany, Spain, Russia and Canada. He met with great success at the Staatsoper Berlin in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse (role of Telemaco), directed by René Jacobs, as well as at the Flanders Opera in the role of Eustazio in Handel's Rinaldo, directed by Andreas Spering with staging by Nigel Lowry and Amir Housseinpour. His first recital in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées was warmly received by the press, and was dedicated to the repertoire of the castrato Carestini.
Philippe Jaroussky recently performed in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Théâtre du Châtelet, featuring Jessye Norman and directed by Marc Minkowski. He will perform a solo recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm in a recital dedicated to castrato Carestini, as well as a program of Vivaldi opera arias with Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinozi.
Among Philippe Jaroussky's future projects are the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Opera de Clermont-Ferrand, directed by Jean-Claude Malgoire, the role of Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare at the Opera de Nancy, and the title role in Stefano Landi's Il Sant' Alessio with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.
Jaroussky has recorded three solo discs with his ensemble, Artaserse. The first is dedicated to works of Benedetto Ferrari (Ambroisie), receiving numerous distinctions: Diapason Découverte, Recommandé de Répertoire, Timbre de Platine d'Opéra International, Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros and the Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique. The second, Vivaldi cantatas for alto (Virgin Classics), received similar tributes from the press. The third, recently released, pays homage to seventeenth century Italian music in honour of the Virgin Mary (Virgin Classics).