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Jean-Claude Malgoire Suggest updates

Born Avignon, 25 November 1940.

Died Paris, 14 April 2018.

French conductor and musicologist.

Jean-Claude Malgoire trained initially as an oboist, studying at the Paris Conservatoire. His orchestral career included a period with the Orchestre de Paris. He became noted as one of the most influential specialists in reviving French music of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1966 he established (or 're-established') the orchestra 'La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy', with whom he explored many little-known operas, especially by Lully, Rameau and Gluck.

He was Artistic Director of the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing from 1981, broadening his repertoire to include Monteverdi (Poppea) and Mozart (the da Ponte trilogy).

In Britain he was known for his work with the English Bach Festival Trust, appearing with them at Covent Garden and on European tours. His repertoire with them included Hippolyte et Aricie (1978) and Orphée et Euridice (1994).

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