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Simon-Pierre Bestion

Born in 1988, Simon-Pierre Bestion completed his studies at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nantes where he was awarded an organ prize in Michel Bourcier’s class and a musical achievement prize. At the same time, he studied the harpsichord with Laure Morabito and Frédéric Michel, and furthered his knowledge as a keyboard player by attending master classes with Jan-Wil- lem Jansen, Francis Jacob, Benjamin Alard, Martin Gester and Aline Zylberach. He was a finalist in the Béthune International Organ Competition in 2006. He now performs regularly as a continuo player in the «Cris de Paris Ensemble» (Geoffroy Jourdain) and the «Insula Orchestra» (Laurence Equilbey).

His taste for composition and contemporary music led him to discover vocal polyphony and the value of choral work. He then started a choral conducting course with Valérie Fayet at the CCR de Nantes and sang under her direction in the Chœur de l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. He next entered the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon in Nicole Corti’s class and studied under the precious guidance of masters such as Régine Théodoresco, Roland Hayrabédian, Geoffroy Jourdain, Joël Suhubiette, Dieter Kurz and Timo Nuoranne.

During his years of training, he was also greatly inspired by his encounters with Bruno Messina (Ethnomusicology and musical culture), Claire Levacher (Conducting), Dominique Moaty (Singing) and Thomas Lacôte (Harmony and writing). His love for ancient music and conducting moved him to start the «Europa Barocca Chamber Music Ensemble» with gambist Julie Dessainte in 2007. He completed this instrumental phalanx by creating the «Luce del Canto Choir», a vocal ensemble which brings together young semi-professional singers. These two groups gained professional maturity before merging in 2015 to become «The Tempest Ensemble».