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WILLIAM CHRISTIE, harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher, is the inspiration behind one of the most exciting musical adventures of the last 30 years, pioneering work that has led to a renewed appreciation of 17th- and 18th-century French repertoire.
William Christie studied at Harvard and Yale Universities and has lived in France since 1971. The turning point in his career came in 1979 when he founded Les Arts Florissants. As director of this ensemble he brings new interpretations of largely neglected or forgotten repertoire to fruition. He is greatly in demand as a guest conductor at festivals including Glyndebourne and opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, and has created a discography of over 100 recordings.
Wishing to further develop his work as a teacher, in 2002 he created Le Jardin des Voix, an academy for young singers in Caen. Since 2007 he has been artist in residence at the Juilliard School of New York, where he gives master classes twice a year accompanied by the musicians of Les Arts Florissants. In 2008 William Christie was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts.