Angelic voices expressing the wonders of medieval and contemporary music
Ensemble De Caelis
De Caelis, formed by its artistic director Laurence Brisset in 1998, has established itself as a leading a capella ensemble performing music connecting two periods of great creative innovation: the Middle Ages and the present day. Their selection of beautiful sacred and secular repertoire reveals the musical originality that emerged from the 11th century to the dawn of the Renaissance as well as performing contemporary works.
Mezzo-soprano Laurence Brisset studied harpsichord with William Christie and Noëlle Spieth at the Lille Conservatory (CNR) before devoting herself to singing. She was unanimously awarded Premier Prix in voice at the Versailles Conservatory (CNR) and was admitted to the postgraduate course in opera at the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Paris, studying with Xavier Depraz. She simultaneously studied early musical notation and took part in many concerts and recordings with the Organum (1983-2000) and Discantus (1989-1992) ensembles.
Philippe Hersant, composer
Rome-born French composer Philippe Hersant studied with André Jolivet at the Paris Conservatoire, where he first won a composition prize. He has subsequently recevied numerous awards including the Grand Prix musical de la Ville de Paris (1990), Prix des compositeurs de la SACEM (1991), Grand prix SACEM de la musique symphonique (1998), Grand prix de la Fondation Del Duca (2001) and was Victoire de la Musique Classique’s ‘composer of the year’ in 2010.