Maude Gratton & Il Convito
Photographe: Laurent Bécot Ruiz
Born in Niort, western France, in 1983, Maude Gratton enjoys an international career as keyboard soloist on organ, harpsichord and piano. She also performs regularly alongside musicians such as Jerome Hantai, Philippe Pierlot, Damien Guillon, and Bruno Cocset. For several years, she has been a member of the Collegium Vocale de Gent under Philippe Herreweghe and of Le Concert Français under Pierre Hantai.
Her first solo recording featured works by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach won a Diapason d’Or in 2009 and was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine. She was the organ soloist in music by JS Bach on the debut CD of the Banquet Celeste, conducted by Damien Guillon, as well as in music by the German Baroque organist Matthias Weckmann, directed by Philippe Pierlot. Several CDs have appeared on Mirare in 2014 and 2015 : sonatas for cello and piano by the eighteenth century Anglo-French composer Geoges Onslow with soloist Emmanuel Jacques, and JS Bach’s The Musical Offering with the Ricercar Consort. Still to come is a second volume of WF Bach’s harpsichord concertos of. A recording of organ solos by JS Bach appeared on Phi, Outhere music, in 2016.
Maude Gratton is a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique) in harpsichord, basso continuo, organ and Renaissance counterpoint. She was declared Young Soloist of the Year 2006 on Radios Francophones Publiques (French Public Radio).
The ensemble IL CONVITO, was founded as a period instrument chamber group in 2005 by French keyboardist Maude Gratton. With organ, harpsichord or piano at its heart, the ensemble’s repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Drawing on a team of soloists, IL CONVITO varies its constitution according to the programme. In 2007, IL CONVITO was prizewinner on the Declic programme sponsored by Cultures France and Radio France. It has appeared at numerous festivals : the Roque d’Antheron, Saintes, Sablé, Arques-La-Bataille, la Folle Journee de Nantes, the Bach Academy at Bruges, the Midi-Minimes at Brussels, Musiques en Gatine, the Autumn Music Days of Souvigny… and foreign tours to Washington, Ottawa, Sweden, South and Central America. The ensemble’s first disc, featuring concertos for harpsichord and strings by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, appears in Autumn 2015 on the Mirare label. The orchestra is currently preparing a first project on Mozart’s music for May 2016 with sponsorship from the Musiques en Gatine Festival and the Moulin du Roc, the National Theatre at Niort. For this creative residency, IL CONVITO will consist of 20 musicians with members of the Edding Quartet on the principal desks, English tenor Thomas Hobbs and the art historian Anne Delage.
She is a founder member of Il Convito, a chamber music ensemble and orchestra formed in 2005.In recent years, she has founded and now directs various projects in Western France, including L’Academie de Musique de Saint-Loup, and the Musiques en Gatine festival. She also takes part in the Vannes Early Music Institute directed by Bruno Cocset.