Simon Savoy // Contre-ténor
Born in Switzerland, pianist and countertenor Simon Savoy grew up in the choral tradition of the canton of Fribourg and brings that singing musicianship to the keyboard. He began to sing in the family circle and in children's choirs and discovered the piano at the age of eight. He studied with Christine Slongo, Karl-Andreas Kolly, Johann Sonnleitner, Nicole Fallien and Frédéric Faye, later finding a mentor in Michel Corboz, with whom he has worked since 2006 as both a chorister in the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne and as pianist in such works as Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms' Requiem and Dvorak's Stabat Mater.
Simon Savoy has also collaborated with numerous orchestras and ensembles – including the Wiener Concert-Verein (at the Musikverein Wien), the Orchestre d'Auvergne, the Sinfonisches Blasorchester Helvetia Rüti-Tann, the Orchester inTakt, the Sinfonisches Orchester Arbon, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève or the choir of the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon – as piano soloist in concertos by Beethoven, Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Haydn, Gorecky and Britten and as a vocal soloist in Purcell's Fairy Queen, Bach's Saint Matthew Passion, the cantata BWV 169 for alto solo and other works by Bach, Vivaldi and Buxtehude, variously working with such conductors as Kristiina Poska, Daniel Reuss, Guillaume Tourniaire, Arie van Beek, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Andreas Brenner, Leo Gschwend or Thomas Trachsel. Tours have led him amongst others to Vienna, Tokyo, Paris, Deauville, Nantes, Leiria, the Festival de la Cité Lausanne, the Festival Bach en Combrailles, the Festival du Haut Limousin, the piano festival La Roque d'Anthéron and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago/US. Several of his live broadcasts have been released on CD.