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Biography

Vincent Lhermet is one of the most remarkable French accordionist of his generation. A graduate of Finland’s Sibelius Academy under Matti Rantanen, laureate of both Arrasate-Hiria and Gaudeamus Interpreters competitions, he is the first accordionist in France to have completed a PhD in Music Performance at the Paris Conservatoire/Sorbonne University, under the supervision of Laurent Cugny and Bruno Mantovani.
He has performed at such festivals as Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo, Festival d’Art lyrique d’Aix en Provence, Musica Nova Helsinki, Festival Radio France de Montpellier and in such venues as the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Musiikkitalo Helsinki, the Paris Salle Gaveau and National Opera alongside percussionist Brian Archinal, violist Gérard Caussé, viola da gamba performer Marianne Muller, clarinettist Michel Portal, among many others. Vincent Lhermet has premiered some forty works by composers from around the world, including Tomas Bordalejo, Frédéric Durieux, Francesco Filidei, Philippe Hersant, Martin Iddon, Martin Matalon, Florent Motsch, Matti Murto, François Narboni, Annette Schlünz, Miroslav Srnka, Jukka Tiensuu with prestigious ensembles and orchestras such as Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de l’Université de Guanajuato, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Secession orchestra, Ensemble Court-Circuit conducted by Charles Barbier, Guillaume Bourgogne, Jean Deroyer, Roberto Fores-Veses, Clément Mao-Takacs, Pierre-André Valade,
Several of his concerts have been recorded and broadcasted by the Finnish National Broadcasting Corporation (YLE), the SWR, the national portuguese Radio and France Musique.
Eager to collaborate with other art forms, he has combined music and baroque dance in Lully’s Passacaille d’Armide, literature and music at the Deauville Festival, and music and fine arts with visual artist Sophie Calle. Having worked with the French Institute in Finland and Lille’s National Opera, he has taken part in celebrations devoted to Françaix (2012) and Rameau (2014), inspired by his practice of early, folkloric and contemporary music.
He is the author of a thesis on the Accordion contemporary repertoire in Europe since 1990 (2016), a repertoire of the Accordion Higher Level Education in Europe (2014) and the Ricordo al futuro database (2016, in collaboration with Fanny Vicens).
Pursuant to his debut recording Correspondances (2014) presenting contemporary works by Haas, Kaipainen, Leroux, Mantovani, Pesson and Schlünz, his 2015 album, Rameau, hier et aujourd’hui, contrasts Rameau with five world premieres (Bordalejo, Hersant, Iddon, Motsch and Urquiza) and has been recently released under the Klarthe/Harmonia Mundi label.
Vincent Lhermet is a fellow of the Banque Populaire, MMSG, Meyer, Paulo and Safran foundations. He is a professor at both the Boulogne-Billancourt and Lille Music Academies and is regularly invited to give conferences and masterclasses in numerous Academies throughout the world.
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Jean-Philippe Rameau, La Livri (concert at the Helsinki Music Center, 2012)

Philippe Hersant, Apparition -mvt 3 (concert at the Helsinki Music Center, 2012 ; Anssi Koskela, violin ; Lauri Kankkunen, cello)

Jean Françaix, Concerto -mvt 2 (concert at the Helsinki Music Center, 2012 ; cond. Charles Barbier)