Récital, Chamber music
Born in 1961, Jérôme Hantaï studied the viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory. Alongside this, he took a keen interest in early keyboard instruments, especially period pianos.
During his studies, he gave numerous concerts on both viol and piano, and collaborated with pioneers in the renewal of early music, including Sigiswald Kuijken, René Jacobs and Jean- Claude Malgoire. He was also associated from the start with the adventure of the Orchestre Baroque d’Île de France and the Ensemble Orlando Gibbons in the 1980s.
Above all, however, he is a member of the Trio Hantaï, with his brothers Marc (transverse flute) and Pierre (harpsichord), an ensemble that has acquired international renown.
In addition, since 2001, Jérôme Hantaï has directed his own ensemble, Spes Nostra, and played in the Trio Almaviva.
A sought-after soloist, he has appeared throughout Europe and in the United States, and travels to Asia for tours, notably in China, India, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Cambodia. Finally, he also devotes a large part of his activity to teaching, at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise and in masterclasses.
His many recordings include an anthology of folksong settings by Beethoven and a programme of keyboard trios by Haydn (Naïve), three volumes of ‘Pièces à une and plusieurs violes’ by Marin Marais (Virgin Veritas), a programme of pieces by John Jenkins entitled ‘Fantazia’ (Naïve/ Ambronay), and ‘Consort Music au temps de Shakespeare’ (Musicales Actes Sud). All of these CDs have received critical acclaim.