The spirit that moves Patrick Crispini to blend various artistic expressions into a single passion or forges links between traditionally diverse forms, this spirit instils the joy of learning and sense of sharing with his listeners.
Jean Desailly, Simone Valère, actors
TRANSARTIS, created by Patrick Crispini, is a wonderful project, a
promising experiment : bringing together the arts in a world where
everything divides is an enterprise that is needed more than ever.
Sir Yehudi Menuhin, violinist
Today, many orchestra conductors demonstrate an excellent level of technique: but few possess this mysterious element that makes a concert unique. Patrick Crispini is one of these : forever keeping a watchful eye on the detail and perfect execution, while demanding an outpouring of soul from his musicians. The result is breath taking.
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Conductor, pianist, singer and composer Patrick Crispini undertook most of his musical training with renowned masters such as Wilhelm Pitz and Michel Corboz in choir, André Perret for piano, Magda Fonay for singing, Oliveiro de Fabritiis, Pierre Dervaux, Ferdinand Leitner and Carlo-Maria Giulini for orchestra conducting. Spotted at the age of 7 for his exceptional vocal qualities, he won a singing competition organized by the Radio Suisse Romande in 1963 and so began his career as a young soloist.
In 1964 he was hired by Herbert Graf to appear in several productions at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva then in Lausanne, Zürich, Berlin, Lyon and London, in performances such as The Magic Flute, Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Charpentier’s Louise, Puccini's Tosca, Brecht/Weill’s Galileo Galilei. He also got the opportunity to work with Benjamin Britten for the French versions of his operas for children. During this time, taking on children’s roles, he made numerous recordings for French and Swiss radio and television, as well as participating in many concerts of religious and secular music. In addition, from 1966 to 1968 he was the youngest star of the Mézières’s Théâtre du Jorat, and his frequently requested by the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze to sing during
scenic, sound recording productions (in particular 2 versions of the Jeu du feuillu of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze) and public
demonstrations of the method.
In 1968 he was awarded the title of Best Young Hope For Music. Thanks to his musical talents he was part of the first high school artistic stream, founded in Switzerland in 1970, and through which he obtained his Maturité (Baccalaureate) in 1975. At the same time he is member of the choir Psallette of Geneva directed by Pierre Pernoud.
His gift for teaching was soon recognised and in 1976, he was appointed to the Higher College of Geneva, where he taught French and music, along with a curriculum in Letters, which he pursued at the University of Geneva while studying music at the Higher Conservatory of Music in the same city (piano, improvisation, counterpoint), from which he obtained a Higher Prize for Harmony and for Form and Style.
In 1976, in Geneva, he founded his vocal and instrumental ensemble (Ensemble Vocal and Orchestra ELANS), followed by the European Concerts Orchestra, with which he has performed over 300 concerts in 15 years, made many recordings and gone on tours in Italy and France. Highlights included presenting the entire Monteverdi madrigals, and producing, in the heretofore unheard of original versions of Bottesini’s and Fauré’s Requiem and Rossini's Stabat Mater, which he recorded in 1986.
Equally on the program, were many rarely performed works by Chausson, Stravinsky, Poulenc and the Group of Six. The Ensemble also performed several tours and made recordings of Honegger’s King David, which included stars such as Jacques Martin, Jean Desailly and Simone Valère as narrators...
Invited by Jacques Chancel to participate in his famous radio show Radioscopie, in 1982, his career took a turn towards conducting and opera, while continuing to devote part of his time to teaching.
He continued to hone his talent with, among others, Wilhelm Pitz, Carlo-Maria Giulini, Herbert von Karajan, Ferdinand Leitner, the International Academy of Nice and the Hochschule Mozarteum Salzburg and is associated as a vocal coach, and as a conductor for several record productions and operas. In demand as a guest conductor by many European orchestras, in 1996, he became the principal artistic director and conductor of the European Concerts Orchestra.
Further to having been Musical Director of the Valère-Desailly Company at Theatre de la Madeleine in Paris, professor at the CNSMDL (Higher National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon), responsible for lectures and master classes at the Schola Cantorum and the Italian Conservatory of Paris, for the past few years he has been the artistic advisor to various European institutions and is regularly invited to give courses and lectures at universities and colleges in Geneva, Neuchâtel, Berne, Louvain, Milan, Padua, HEC-Paris, Boston ...).
Notably he worked with the musicologist Jacques ChaiIley and composers: Charles Chaynes, Henri Sauguet
(the first Honorary President of the European Concerts Orchestra), Marcel Landowski, the first Director General of Music in France and Chancellor of the Institute, with whom he was friends and played for along with other such as pianists Emil Gilels, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Alexis Golovine, Brigitte Meyer, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Nicolas Bringuier, Lionel Monnet..., violinists Gilles Colliard, Domenico Nordio, singers Boris Martinovich, Tom Krause, Katia Ricciarelli, Giuseppe di Stefano, Robert Dumé, Brigitte Fournier... the conductors Michel Tabachnik, Pascal Rophé, Lionel Bringuier, and in the theater, with Lucien Adès (founder of the record label Adès and collection of Petit Ménestrel) actors Jean-Louis Barrault, Madeleine Renaud, Jean DesaiIly, Simone Valère, Vicky Messica, Jacques Martin, Vittorio Gassman, Jérôme Kircher, Irène Jacob...
He has directed several musical programs on the Radio Suisse Romande (Memoirs of Music) and RAI, as well as a series of radio programs entitled Lettronome.
He is the author of several interdisciplinary performances: Rilke: l'ange et la rose, Le Funambule écarlate, Le Rêve d'Icare, Monteverdi : Al lume delle stelle, Le Concert de galets, Ivres d'oiseaux, Monet, Debussy, Ravel : l'espace d'un reflet...
One of Patrick Crispini’s objectives is to create an active link between the different disciplines of the arts. For example through his TRANSARTIS program, founded in 2001, or through international events such as Stars of the Voice, a multidisciplinary and interactive arts singing platform. Keen to sustain the non-professional, music loving public, beyond Venice and Geneva, he has recently launched his MusicAteliers, where, through his widely appreciated wealth of knowledge, he strives to impart the joy and insatiable curiosity that define the exercise of his art. He is also working on setting up an introductory multimedia course in music, as experienced by the conductor ...
His catalogue of compositions include works written for film and television, voice and orchestra, and four operas : Petrarca, Centuriae (Nostradamus), Atlantis (Colors of the time), Citizen Welles ...