The key element in his childhood was the Maîtrise de Radio France, where he discovered his vocation for orchestral conducting, followed by an impeccable course of studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. With his prizes in hand, Jérémie Rhorer began a life of conducting prestigious orchestras worldwide whilst also composing, and created his orchestra, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. His conducting, which is also shaped by his training as composer, spans all repertories, from Classical composers and German Romanticism to contemporary music, including new pieces by Thierry Escaich.
Among the notable orchestras Jérémie Rhorer has conducted are the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Bamberger Symphoniker, and the Yomiuri Orchestra in Japan. He has appeared at the most prestigious international festivals, from Aix-en-Provence to Salzburg and Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, and the BBC Proms, but also in the opera houses of Vienna, Munich, Brussels (La Monnaie), and Madrid (the Teatro Real). He is a regular guest of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Philharmonia Orchestra, which he conducted in a 2013 production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des carmélites (directed by Olivier Py) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées that won the 2014 Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique. The DVD recording was awarded numerous prizes, including a BBC Music Magazine Award 2016.
Following the death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Concentus Musicus invited him to conduct Beethoven’s Eroica and Pastoral symphonies.
Jérémie Rhorer also ploughs a unique furrow in the interpretation of Mozart’s works, in search of the composer’s dramatic genius. Idomeneo, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, La clemenza di Tito, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail are among the works he has performed with major orchestras, notably as part of the Mozart cycle entrusted to him by the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
A student of Thierry Escaich, Jérémie Rhorer is a major contemporary composer and winner of the Prix Pierre Cardin. His exacting compositional work is parallel to his activity as a conductor. In 2017, the Philharmonia Orchestra commissioned him to write a piano concerto for the French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.