Formed in 2006 on the occasion of the Europa Bach Festival, the Pygmalion ensemble derives from the association of a choir and a period-instrument orchestra. While focusing onJohann Sebastian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau , Pygmalion tackles a wide repertory ranging from the Baroque, through the early years of Romanticism, right up to contemporary music.
The ensemble is directed by Raphaël Pichon and has been a regular guest at the Festival de La Chaise-Dieu since 2007, and also appears at the leading venues and festivals around Europe including Bremen, Hamburg, Bozar in Brussels, the Salle Pleyel and Opéra Comique in Paris, the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, and the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival.
Its first recordings, released on the Alpha label, earned critical distinctions both in France (Diapason d’Or of the year in 2008, ffff de Télérama) and abroad (Editor’s Choice in Gramophone).
In 2011 the ensemble began a partnership with the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque de Beaune and the opera houses of Bordeaux and Versailles centring on three tragédies lyriques by Rameau: the second version of Dardanus, previously unperformed in modern times, followed by new productions of Hippolyte et Aricie and Castor et Pollux.
In residence at the Opéra and Auditorium de Bordeaux since January 2014, Pygmalion is subsidised by the DRAC d’Aquitaine and the Ville de Bordeaux. It also receives support from EREN Groupe and the Région Île-de-France, and holds residencies at the Fondation Royaumont, the Festival de Saint-Denis, and the Fondation Singer-Polignac.