Jean-Christophe Spinosi

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Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Jean-Christophe Spinosi (born 2 September 1964) is a French conductor and violinist, the founder of Quatuor Matheus (1991), a group that later grew into Ensemble Matheus. He is especially well known for his interpretation of the instrumental and vocal music of the Baroque, most notably the operas of Vivaldi. Recently he has also conducted successful performances of Mozart and Rossini.

Spinosi has conducted many vocal works featuring singers such as Verónica Cangemi, Sara Mingardo, Jennifer Larmore, Sandrine Piau, Simone Kermes, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nathalie Stutzmann, Marjana Mijanovic, Lorenzo Regazzo, Philippe Jaroussky, and Matthias Goerne.

He has appeared as soloist and director with Ensemble Matheus at the major festivals and venues in France (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra de Paris, Toulouse's Grands Interprètes, Festival d'Ambronay, du Vieux Lyon), and around the world: in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienna (Konzerthaus, Theater an der Wien; debut at the Vienna State Opera in the 2010/11 season with Rossini's Barber of Seville), Brussels (Palais des Beaux Arts), New York (Carnegie Hall), Edinburgh (Usher Hall), Prague (Smetana Hall), in Madrid, Turin, Parma and Naples.

Spinosi was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 2006[citation needed]. He has also received "Best Opera Conductor 2007" by the Académie du disque lyrique. The awards received for his recordings include the Diapason d'Or, Choc de l'année du Monde de la Musique, Premio internazionale del disco Antonio Vivaldi in Venice, Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, Prix Caecilia in Belgium, Victoire de la Musique Classique, and the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2006.


  • La fida ninfa, Vivaldi, 2008
    with Veronica Cangemi, Sandrine Piau, Marie Nicole Lemieux, Lorenzo Regazzo, Philippe Jaroussky, Topi Lehtipuu, Sara Mingardo, Christian Senn; Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naïve
  • Nisi Dominus, Stabat Mater, Vivaldi, 2008
    with Marie Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky; Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naïve
  • La pietra del paragone, Rossini, DVD, 2007
    with François Lis, Christian Senn, José Manuel Zapata, Sonia Prina, Jennifer Holloway, Laura Giordano, Joan Martín-Royo, Filippo Polinelli; Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma; Ensemble Matheus. Recorded live at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Opus111/Naïve
  • Vivaldi, Heroes, 2007
    with Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naïve
  • Griselda, Vivaldi, 2006
    with Simone Kermes, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Stefano Ferrari, Iestyn Davies; Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naïve
  • Orlando furioso, Vivaldi, 2004
    with Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Ann Hallenberg, Philippe Jaroussky, Lorenzo Regazzo; Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naïve
  • De Lhoyer: Duos et Concerto Pour Guitare, 2004
    with Philippe Spinosi (guitar), Duo Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naïve
  • La verità in cimento, Vivaldi, 2003
    with Gemma Bertagnolli, Philippe Jaroussky, Sara Mingardo, Guillemette Laurens, Nathalie Stutzmann; Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naïve
  • La notte, La tempesta di mare, Il gardellino, Vivaldi, 2003
    with Ensemble Matheus. Opus111/Naive
  • Vivaldi: Concerti Con Molti Strumenti, Vol. II, 1997
    with Ensemble Matheus. Pierre Verany
  • Vivaldi: Concerti Con Molti Strumenti, 1996
    with Ensemble Matheus. Pierre Verany