William Christie, harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist and teacher, is the
inspiration behind one of the most exciting musical ventures of the last twenty
years. His pioneering work has led to a renewed appreciation of Baroque music
in France, notably of 17th and 18th century French repertoire, which he has
introduced to an ever-growing audience.
Born in Buffalo (New York State), William Christie studied at Harvard and Yale
Universities, and has lived in France since 1971. The major turning point in
his career came in 1979 when he founded Les Arts Florissants. As Director of
this vocal and instrumental ensemble, Christie soon made his mark as a musician
and a man of the theatre, in both the concert hall and the opera house, with
new interpretations of largely neglected or forgotten repertoire.