baptiste lopez . violin

Baptiste López 2 ©Gaby Merz
©Gaby Merz

It is during his modern violin scholarship with J.J. Kantorow at the Conservatoire of Paris that french violonist Baptiste Lopez had the opportunity, with musical personnalities such as P.Herreweghe, S.Kujiken, R.Levin or A.Moccia, to get into the art of playing on period instruments. Immediatly fascinated by the richness of the gut strings, this approach of early music had a strong influence on his way of playing music. It has mainly developped an architectural, harmonic and contrapuntic reading, not only of early music but also of later one, which has been extremely nourishing in his career as leader of different ensembles.
As a modern violinist, besides a lot of chamber music, Baptiste played in different symphonic orchestras, such as the opera the Paris, and more recently as concermaster of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra for 3 years, invited by Philippe Herreweghe.
His background in baroque period is also sustained, playing in Collegium Vocale for the last 10 years, now invited regularly as guest concertmaster, but also being the leader of the french countertenor Damien Guillon’s ensemble « Le Banquet Celeste », and of the ensemble Pygmalion, among other things.
But his chosen field is certainly performing classical and romantic music on period instruments. Not only as orchestra musician in ensembles such as the Orchestre des Champs Elysees, the ensemble Il Convito or the Chambre Philharmonique, but even more as a chamber musician, specially with the Edding Quartet, founded in 2008, with whom he still performs all over Europe and recorded numerous cds, playing from Haydn to Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, on gut strings.
After many years concentrated on chamber music, his will to focus more on orchestral repertoire brought him, together with pianist Maude Gratton, to develop since 2016 a chamber orchestra led from the violin, mainly focused on classical repertoire.
He recently started a collaboration as concertmaster in the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, invited by it’s conductor, Thomas Hengelbrock.
In June 2018, he won the position of concertmaster at the prestigious Kammerorchester Basel.