Openness and curiosity particularly characterize the musical thought of Pierre Bibault, multifaceted French Classical and Electric Guitar performer.
Soloist and Chamber Musician, he explores all periods of music from the Renaissance to nowadays, with a particular attraction for contemporary music: pioneer of new music, he is a recognized transcriber and the dedicatee of numerous pieces from contemporary composers.
He holds a Performer’s Diploma from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and three Masters Degrees (Performance – Maastricht, Pedagogy – Liege and Musicology – Sorbonne) and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Arts, Instrumental Performance Guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium, where he combines instrumental research and a Thesis on Gesture and microGesture of the Performer, and vibration transmission from the composer to the audience, with particular applications in the direction of new technologies.
Pierre Bibault performs more than 50 concerts a year in various countries: Western and Eastern Europe, United States, Asia, Canada, North Africa, and for numerous and prestigious venues such as the Philharmony Halls of Paris, Brussels, Liege (BE), Lviv, Khmelnitskie (Ukraine), the Maison de la Radio in Paris and Brussels, the Operas of Avignon, Reims, Rouen and Liege, the Palais des Festivals of Cannes, the St George’s Bloomsbury Church and the Wigmore Hall of London, the Art and Culture Center of Bangkok, the Art Center of Jakarta, the Cathedral and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Liege, the Tyska Kyrkan of Stockholm, the Bon-Pasteur Chapel of Quebec, the Kouvoutsakis Art Institute of Athens, the Universities of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Houston, Louisville and Lafayette (Louisiana) – USA, and many more.
Pierre Bibault’s musical activities are multiple, making him one of today’s most demanded guitarists.
As a soloist, he explores a Contemporary Music repertoire combining classical and electric guitars, electro-acoustics, live electronics, samplers, loopers, and computers.
He performs regularly for renowned Contemporary Music Ensembles such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, under the Direction of Matthias Pintscher, 2E2M and Mezwej. He is a full-time member of Thierry Pécou’s Ensemble Variances, which he joins in 2017 (Rouen Opera, Radio France’s Présences Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, etc.) for a series of projects and creations (Marinissen, Andriessen, Takemitsu, Pécou, …).
He is also very active in various Chamber Music ensembles: with cello, violin, flute, voice, chamber and jazz orchestras.
His experience of Orchestra is one of his specificities: since 2014 he plays with Patrick Leterme’s Candide Orchestra, where he takes part in the productions of Brundibar, Fiddler on the Roof, and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
He also recorded the guitar part of the Cello Concerto by Friedrich Gulda (soloist: Edgar Moreau) for the ensemble Les Forces Majeures and the Label Warner Erato.
From 2006 to 2016, he played with the Duo Resonances, one of the most active guitar duos of his generation. Together they gave more than 300 concerts and recorded a CD that was very quickly recognized as a reference: Jun-Tokusen (Music Award, ranked among the 50 best records of the year 2015 in Japan); ITunes Favorite, February 2014; “A prominent album” – ThisIsClassicalGuitar, March 2014.
Among his other activities, he is Advisor and Project Supervisor for the Paris Guitar Foundation since its creation in June 2014 and Artistic Director of the International Guitar Festival in Pays de Gaves that he contributed to create in 2017.
Since 2002, Pedagogy is also an important part of the musical life of Pierre Bibault: he is appointed Professor of the Paris Conservatories (Cat. A), in the 12th and 16th arrondissements in September 2018, and is a Teacher-Researcher at the Brussels Royal Conservatory / University, since 2016.
He gives Masterclasses and Lectures in France and abroad: Universities, Festivals, Summer Academies, Conservatories, Cultural Institutions.