An unusual story At age 15, Bruno Rastier received his prix d’Excellence for flute, thanks to his teacher Michel Plockyn, who was first flute at the Opéra de Paris. Bruno directed his first choir a year later when he was 16 years old. After pursuing a post-secondary education in commerce, he worked in the technology and telecommunications sector on an international level for close to 15 years, during which he spent much time living abroad (2 years in Germany, 6 months in Austria, 5 years in the Czech Republic). He never stopped creating and conducting choirs during this time, covering six centuries of choral music from the Renaissance to New Music. In 2002, he decided to completely change his profession and returned to his first passion, choral music. After quitting the business world he applied to the conservatories and was accepted in the choral conducting classes in Paris and Boulogne. In 2006, he obtained a unanimous choral conducting prix at the Conservatoire National de Paris, with honours from the jury. In 2008, he received his state diploma in choral conducting (diplôme d’Etat), and also studied orchestral conducting at the Dijon conservatory from 2007 to 2009. From 2005 to 2015, he has also been the General Manager of a professional choir, Arsys Bourgogne, and the Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay festival. Working together with the Luxembourg conductor Pierre Cao, artistic director and founder, Bruno Rastier has helped develop the choir’s activities on a European level. With a passion for sharing, he has lead all Arsys Bourgogne’s pedagogical activities and outreach, with many choir conductors and choirs throughout Burgundy. He also leads various workshops and master classes in choral conducting on a national level in France. He has recently conducted Arsys in concerts, in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century, and for Arsys Bourgogne’s latest CD, La France par chœur. His artistic involvement has grown and inspired him to move on towards his professional goal: to conduct professional choirs. He is thus today a full-time choir conductor.
From 2005 to 2015, at Pierre Cao’s side, Bruno Rastier has also contributed for Arsys Bourgogne to:
Bruno Rastier was also from 2006 to 2015 an active member of various administrative boards for music-related associations such as the REMA (European Early Music Network, grouping 60 festivals in more than 20 countries), France Festivals (grouping over a hundred festival directors across France) and the FEVIS (Federation for Vocal and Instrumental ensembles in France).
Bruno Rastier likes to come up with projects that juxtapose old and new repertoire, allowing the audience members to discover and appreciate modern music.
Ave Maria: Gletle/Lauridsen, Miserere: Allegri/MacMillan, Agnus Dei: Morales/Lang, Es ist ein Reis entsprungen : Praetorius/Sandström…
de Ranse, Banchieri, Toch, Sled, Seiber, Debussy, Ravel, Gerschwin, McCartney, Ligeti
Love Songs from the Renaissance to today
Dufay, de la Rue, Passereau, Certon, Costeley, Whitacre, Lauridsen, Poulenc, King’s singers
European Sacred Music
Vic Nees, Rossignol, Messiaen, Möller, Nystedt, Vila, Bardos, Rutter
Sisask, Pärt, Lauridsen, Jackson, Whitacre, Busto, Gjeilo, Kverno
Christmas Around the World
Kodaly, Willan, Whitacre, Bardos, Praetorius, Sandström, Distler, Lauridsen, Poulenc, Rutter, …
French Music for Choir and Organ
Motets by Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Duruflé, Gounod
The Bach Family
Motets from Johann to Johann Christoph Friedrich
Antiphonal splendours of the 17th century
Praetorius, Bach, Schütz
The Sistine Chapel
Palestrina, Allegri, Liszt, Josquin Desprez
The Musical Orchard – Secular Renaissance Songs
Jannequin, de Lassus, Sermisy, Lejeune
An evening chez Monsieur Rossini
Péchés de vieillesse
Bruno Rastier likes to interpret sacred and secular vocal works, from the Renaissance to the present day. He has worked on the following (amongst other works):
Saint John Passion
Saint Matthew Passion
Mass in B minor
Israel in Egypt
Missa Sancti Hieronymi
Motets opus 62, 74, 92, 103, 104
Requiem opus 54
Oratorio de Noël
Litanies à la Vierge noire
Motets pour un temps de pénitence
Huit Chansons françaises
Prières de Saint-François d’Assise
A Ceremony of carols
Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Five flowers songs
Hymn to the Virgin
Bruno Rastier teaches choral direction to amateur conductors and their choirs with passion. He leads conducting classes and workshops throughout France.
He has tirelessly implemented all the outreach programs for the professional choir, Arsys Bourgogne, and has worked with over a thousand choristers and conductors throughout Burgundy.
The testimonials of his students have been enthusiastic.
“Bruno has a real sense of pedagogy; he respects each individual and takes us as far as possible, bearing our experience and skills in mind. He does so in good spirit, with patience and humor. A real delight!”