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Orchestra & Choir
With 130 musicians and choir members, and an eclectic repertoire blending jazz, gospel and classical music, the PSL Symphony Orchestra and Choir form a key feature of campus life. You are welcome to join them, as spectator or musician!
Following the example of the world’s greatest universities, PSL has its own Symphony Orchestra and Choir, PSL-OC. Open to all PSL students, faculty and staff, its repertoire is reflective of PSL itself: eclectic, innovative and comprised of a diverse array of musical styles, from the great classics to forgotten and contemporary composers, jazz, gospel and musicals.
The Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Johan Farjot, who is supported by a team of six full-time professional musicians, including first violin Arnaud Thorette. PSL students, faculty and staff form the rest of the orchestra. The orchestra regularly invites guest soloists of international renown, providing students the opportunity to interact closely with famous performance musicians.
The PSL Choir regularly accompanies the Symphony Orchestra. It is comprised of non-professional choir members (students, faculty, staff) working under the direction of Johan Farjot, with support from Julien Rezak, accompanying pianist and choir master.
With its concerts and international tours, the Orchestra and Choir are very active. PSL’s Festival de Printemps, for example, is a must-see.
Do you play an instrument or sing? Would you like to rehearse with other students and young professionals in a friendly atmosphere? The Orchestra & Choir are for you! We recruit year-round.
Spotlight on Johan Farjot
Born in Saint-Étienne, where he began his music studies, Johan Farjot was awarded five first prizes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he had the opportunity to study under Michaël Lévinas, Thierry Escaich and Zsolt Nagy, for orchestral conducting. A chamber pianist, he also has a degree from the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon and has won several international competitions.
Invited to guest conduct at festivals and concert halls throughout France (Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Festivals of Montpellier-Radio France, Annecy, Deauville, Auvers-sur-Oise, and Cordes-sur-Ciel, Opéra de Lyon, Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris, Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse), he has also led several groups and orchestras in appearances throughout Europe (Orchestres de Monte-Carlo, d'Auvergne, du Capitole de Toulouse, d'Ostrava): Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic. He plays alongside numerous chamber music partners, and has formed a permanent duo with violist Arnaud Thorette. His pursuits also include a successful career as piano soloist, playing with several orchestras.
Passionate about the great classical works, Johan Farjot has also been the dedicatee, creator and interpreter of numerous contemporary works by Philippe Hersant, Nicolas Bacri, Edith Canat de Chizy, Thierry Escaich, Karol Beffa, Sven-Ingo Koch, and Marc Mellits. Composer, improviser, arranger and orchestrator, Johan Farjot also enthusiastically dabbles in tango with the “Contraste” ensemble, which he directs.
A regular guest at France Musique, Radio Classique and France Inter, he has authored several recordings for the Triton label, Radio France, and the Arte and Mezzo TV channels. Supported by the Fondation SAGEM, Société Générale, and the Fondation Polignac, he has been represented by the Accord-Universal Music label since 2006. He is known in particular for his remarkable album under Accord-Universal Music, of Brahms chamber music that he recorded alongside Karine Deshayes, Arnaud Thorette and Raphaël Merlin. He was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or for his 2009 album dedicated to the music of Bruch. In August 2010, Johan Farjot released Territoires under the Zig-Zag label, an album dedicated to Brahms’ three sonatas for violin and piano, with Geneviève Laurenceau. Under the same label, he recorded Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 and La Bonne Chanson in September 2010 with the Contraste ensemble and Karine Deshayes. In October 2010, he recorded a monograph dedicated to Onslow (Timpani) alongside the Initium ensemble, which was awarded the Choc de Classica prize. His album recorded with violist Arnaud Thorette received five Diapason awards.