Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu
Since its inception, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu has been a major player in the French Baroque scene. The set is distinguished by a sensitive and dynamic approach to interpretation of the vocal and instrumental repertoire of the 18th century, promoting systematically an historical and philological approach.
Under the direction of Franck-Emmanuel Comte, passionate artist and committed educator, the ensemble defends the originality and specificity of a regional repertoire by highlighting baroque manuscripts preserved in the libraries of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It thus realizes various renditions and editions of unpublished scores, rich of the privileged links, which Lyon maintained with Italy
Transposing the richness and diversity of baroque music to our time is one of the strengths of Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu. Nourished by stimulating artistic collaborations, the ensemble brings together the different baroque aesthetics with various cultures and artists from diverse backgrounds. Its creations reinvent the concert format and aim at reaching at new audiences of different ages and also to perform in outlying areas.
As well as creating and performing, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu also supports young soloists at the beginning of their careers, noticed at international singing competitions or academies.
Ever since finishing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, Franck-Emmanuel Comte has held key positions and been a guest at opera houses (including Nantes, Lyon and Paris Opera Studio) and also with orchestras (such as the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, the Auckland University Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Riga…).
As artistic director of Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu since its creation, he has conducted the ensemble in more than 1,500 concerts and 20 recordings. A regular guest in European and world capitals (such as Barcelona, London, Riga, Krakow, Roma, Brussels, Madrid, Calcutta, Chennai, Beijing, Taiyuan…) and several international festivals (including Montserrat, Brežice, Girona, Foligno, Wallonie, Nuits de Fourvière, Ambronay, Chaise-Dieu, Peralada, Händel Festpiel in Halle…). Franck Emmanuel Comte is passionate about baroque repertoire and also for transversal or atypical artistic projects.
He is artistic director of the Musicales en Auxois festival in Burgundy and of the Centre musical international J.-S. Bach of Saint Donat.
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu is supported by the City of Lyon, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, Ministry of culture, French Institute, Bureau Export, ADAMI, SPEDIDAM and Musique Nouvelle en Liberté.
Its involvement in French federation of specialised vocal and instrumental ensembles (FEVIS) and French professional union of music producers, festivals, ensembles and independent distributors (PROFEDIM) shows the ensemble’s proactivity in the field.