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Fabien Armengaud
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Fabien Armengaud

Fabien Armengaud discovered music as a child thanks to his grandfather Roland Couybes, organist at the Auch cathedral and his first musical experiences were the sounds from the organ loft of the cathedral.

He studied the harpsichord and the basso continuo at the Regional Conservatoire of Toulouse with Jan Willem Jansen, Yasuko Bouvard and Laurence Boulay. He continued his studies with Michèle Dévérité at the Regional Conservatoire of Paris-Saclay.

Meeting Hervé Niquet at the Department of Early Music at the Toulouse Conservatoire was a turning point in his career. With Hervé Niquet he learnt orchestral skills, he trained to be a voice coach and he studied the repertoire for two harpsichords. This was the birth of his passion for French music.

Due to his insatiable curiosity for exploring the French baroque repertoire, he founded the baroque Ensemble Le Concert Calotin in 1999 and recorded two CDs devoted to Louis-Antoine Dornel and Sebastien de Brossard for the Arion label. In 2001, he conducted On ne s’avise jamais de tout by Monsigny at the Bastille Opera amphitheatre.

Fabien Armengaud subsequently founded the Ensemble Sébastien de Brossard. A first CD devoted to the motets for three male voices by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault for the Paraty label, released in 2016, was highly praised by the specialized press. The second opus of the ensemble, called “Silentium”, (EnPhases label) released in March 2018, is devoted to the small motets for low tenor (“taille”) featuring Jean-François Novelli. Fabien Armengaud has just recorded the harpsichord works by Etienne Richard, the Sun King’s harpsichord teacher, for the Encelade label.

Thanks to Olivier Schneebeli’s confidence in his talent, he joined the choir school of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles in the year 2000. He was the harpsichord and continuo player of les Pages et les Chantres from 2006 to 2020, and recorded many CDs with this ensemble (Charpentier, Lully, Riegel, Campra…) and performed in France (Paris, Vézelay, Nantes) as well as abroad (Miami, Varazdin, Budapest, Zamora, Beijing, Seoul…).

Various opera houses have called on him to work as voice coach (Avignon, Massy) and to participate in productions of Amadis by Lully (2009-2010), Le Nozze di Figaro (2011-2012) and Campra’s Tancrède (2014).

Fabien Armengaud studied orchestral conducting with Dominique Rouits and Julien Masmondet. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He has a state diploma in Early Music and has regularly conducted les Pages et les Chantres since 2007. Assistant conductor of the music school of the CMBV from 2013 to 2020, he was appointed artistic and educational director in September 2021, taking over from Olivier Schneebeli.