Violinist and conductor Julien Chauvin specializes in historically oriented performance and has founded several ensembles of his own. Following 18th century practice, he often conducts while playing the violin.
Chauvin was born on March 11, 1979, in Fontainebleau outside Paris. Even before adulthood, he was attracted by Baroque music and by historical instruments. He traveled to the Netherlands for violin studies at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Vera Beths, and a competition win at the Musica Antiqua Bruges festival in 2003 launched his career. Chauvin put in several years of apprenticeship in various European Baroque ensembles while also performing as a soloist as far afield as Central Asia and South America. He and Jérémie Rhorer formed the group Le Cercle de l'Harmonie in 2005, and the pair co-directed the group for ten years. In 2015, Chauvin formed Le Concert de la Loge, basing the group directly on 18th century models and often conducting from the violin. He has also collaborated with the Cambini-Paris Quartet since 2007, exploring little-known 18th century repertory with that group. Chauvin has served with the Folger Consort in Washington D.C., Les Violons du Roy, and the Kammerorchester Basel, among other groups, as a guest conductor, and he has been the music director for dramatic productions, including a production of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which he led from the violin.
Chauvin made his recording debut in 2007, appearing with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie as it backed soprano Diana Damrau on her album Arie di Bravura. He was a featured soloist, with Rhorer, on the 2012 album Le Paris des Romantiques, on the Naïve label. Chauvin recorded several albums for Aparte and then returned to Naïve in 2020 as head of and soloist with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie on the album Vivaldi: Concerti per violino VIII "Il teatro." He has taught or given master classes at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris as well as that of Lyon, at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and with the French Youth Orchestra.