Bernard Têtu

Du July 27th to August 5th, 2019

Bernard Tetu Direction de Choeurs Académie de Fourviere

Bernard Têtu has a triple activity as a conductor, choirmaster and conducting teacher. Founder in 1979 of the Lyon National Orchestra Choirs  (including a high quality chamber choir), he conducts many symphonic orchestras and contemporary or early music ensembles.

He is often invited abroad (Germany, Belgium, Spain, England, Poland, Israel, China and Canada). Bernard Têtu conducts the professional vocal ensemble Les Solistes de Lyon and the main French professional choirs. Regularly invited to sit on international competitions juries, he gives many masterclasses. He is considered today as one of the best performers of German romantic music as well as French music of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has recorded more than 35 albums, and did the first world recordings of The birth of Venus by Gabriel Fauré, and Mendelssohn’s Athalie.

His recordings of Brahms, Berlioz, Debussy et Caplet are seen as references in classical and contemporary music. Beside the first auditions of Purcell’s King Arthur or the Vermeil Book of Montserrat, he is also known for the first recordings of MA Charpentier, MA Ingegneri and the premiere of works by Antoine Duhamel, Gilbert Amy, Gilles Tremblay, Maurizio Kagel, Maurice Ohana, Jean Françaix. He created the first class in France at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon for the training of professional choir conductors. Bernard Têtu is Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, he received the Jacques Cartier Prize and the Fine Arts Academy prize.