Violinist and conductor
At a young age Julien Chauvin was captivated by the Baroque revolution and the new wave of performances using period instruments. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague in the Netherlands with Vera Beths, who founded the ensemble L’Archibudelli with cellist Anner Bylsma.
Driven by the desire to bring a celebrated eighteenth century ensemble back to life, Chauvin formed a new orchestra, Le Concert de la Loge, in 2015. The innovative spirit of this ambitious project can be seen in the ensemble’s exploration of forgotten works from the French opera and instrumental repertoire, the approach to conducting (the first violinist conducts the ensemble), and the use of novel concert formats designed to elicit spontaneous audience responses and spur the imagination. Chauvin also continues to collaborate with the Quatuor Cambini-Paris, formed in 2007, with which he has recorded the string quartets of Jadin, David, Gouvy, Mozart, Gounod, and Haydn.
Chauvin has conducted operatic productions such as Lemoyne’s Phèdre and Isouard’s Cendrillon staged by Marc Paquien for the Palazzetto Bru Zane, Haydn’s Armida directed by Mariame Clément, and Sacchini’s Chimène ou Le Cid staged by Sandrine Anglade. He has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras and ensembles including the Esterházy Hofkapelle, the Orchestre Régional d’Avignon-Provence, the Orkiestra Historyczna of Katowice, the Folger Consort in Washington, Les Violons du Roy, and the Kammerorchester Basel.
Chauvin’s discography includes concertante works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Berlioz on the Eloquentia and Ambroisie-Naïve labels. In 2016 he began recording Haydn’s complete Paris Symphonies with Le Concert de la Loge for Aparté. He regularly appears in recital with Jean-François Heisser, Alain Planès, Christophe Coin, Justin Taylor, and Olivier Baumont. With Baumont he recorded À Madame. Divertissement pour Adélaïde at Versailles Palace.