Baptiste ROMAIN

Medieval fiddle, renaissance violin, bagpipes.

After initial studies on the violin and its repertoire in France, Baptiste Romain chose to specialise in the music of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance. Having completed his training at the Centre de Musique Médiévale in Paris (with Marco Horvat, among others), he then continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Randall Cook, Dominique Vellard and Crawford Young. Whilst in Basel, he mastered the playing techniques of various stringed instruments of the Middle Ages, as well as the Renaissance violin, and he was awarded his soloist’s diploma there in 2008. He also studied ensemble playing and repertoire concurrently with Pierre Hamon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon.

Baptiste Romain continues to carry out research into new ideas for historical performance practices in relation to early music, particularly in terms of improvisation, vocal accompaniment and the earliest works of the instrumental repertoire.

He performs with his own ensemble, Le Miroir de Musique, as well as with other groups, including: Ensemble Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), per-sonat (Sabine Lutzenberger), Leones (Marc Lewon), Tetraktys (Kees Boeke), Peregrina, (Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett), and Douce Mémoire (Denis Raisin Dadre).

After having taught mediaeval music history, analysis and counterpoint at the University of Besançon, as well as numerous other courses and master classes, he was appointed professor of bowed stringed instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in 2017, where he succeeds Randall Cook and Sterling Jones.

The first CD with his own ensemble, Le Miroir de Musique, was released in March 2013. Five more recordings were released for Outhere Music.

©Jean-Baptiste Millot