Théotime Langlois de Swarte is a passionate and eclectic violinist. His musical research focusses as much on the baroque violin as on the modern violin and his repertoire extends from the 17th century to contemporary works.
Théotime has made a name of himself on the French baroque scene, performing with some of the best ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, with which he appeared worldwide including the Philharmonie de Paris, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein Wien, Shanghai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, to name but a few. As a soloist, he recently performed J.M. Leclair and Vivaldi’s violin concertos with baroque ensemble Les Ombres and has been invited to tour with Les Arts Florissants with Haydn violin concertos in 2022. Théotime has collaborated with Jean Rondeau, Victor-Julien Laferriere, Eva Zaïcik, Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Fiona Mato and Hanna Salzenstein.
This season (2020-2021) marks the beginning of his collaboration with Harmonia Mundi on a number of solo and chamber music projects. The first CD “Mad Lover” is devoted to 17th and 18th century English violin music in duo with lutenist Thomas Dunford, which was released to great international acclaim: “du très grand art” -Resmusica, “das Ergebnis is geglückt” -NDR – CD der Woche, “a truly outstanding disc” -BBC Music Magazine.
Later this year, the label will release a second disc: “Proust, the regained concert” with pianist Tanguy de Williencourt. The title evokes a concert the French writer had organized in Paris, which was recorded on the “Davidoff” Stradivarius of the Musée de la Musique, Paris.
Other future projects include a duo programme with harpsichordist William Christie, as well as a J.B. Sénaillé and J.M. Leclair project “Painting in Motion’’; live painting session with Silverre Jarrosson on a performance of Bach’s D minor Partita and a French music programme together with harpsichordist Justin Taylor.
Théotime studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) under the tutelage of Michaël Hentz, with whom he discovered the great works of the romantic repertoire in violin and chamber music, with support from the Meyer and Tarrazi Foundations. He also benefited there from the advice of renowned teachers such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Valérie Aimard, Claire Désert, Michel Michalakakos and the Ébène Quartet, and was invited to perform as a soloist with the Conservatoire’s Laureate Orchestra at the Seine Musicale Auditorium under the direction of Georges Pelhivanian.
Théotime Langlois de Swarte is a laureate of the Jumpstart Foundation and plays on a Jacob Stainer violin, built in Absam, 1665.