Accentus (choir)

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Accentus is a French chamber choir founded by Laurence Equilbey in 1991.[1] The ensemble has been in residence at the Opéra de Rouen since 1998.[2] When in Rouen, the choir usually holds concerts at the Théâtre des Arts or the recently reopened Chapelle Corneille


Founded in 1991, the ensemble received the support of the Fondation France Telecom in 1993. Performing mostly contemporary compositions, the choir has collaborated with conductor Eric Ericson since 1996, and has been in résidence at the Rouen Opera House since 1998. Following the world success of Pascal Dusapin's creations Granum sinapis (1998) and Dona eis (1998) and the French creation Outis (1999) by Luciano Berio, Accentus went on a world tour accompanied by the Ensemble InterContemporain founded by Pierre Boulez, which took them to different countries including the United States.


Founded by Laurence Equilbey, the choir is made up of 32 singers, all professionals. The scope of the ensemble ranges from the 17th century compositions to contemporary creations.

The choir also accompanies large symphonic orchestras, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Nott and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble InterContemporain and the Rouen Philharmonic Orchestra. The ensemble also takes part in lyrical concerts.



  1. ^ La cause des musiciens 2009 - Page 159 "Laurence Equilbey, chef d'orchestre Laurence Equilbey a contribué à la renaissance de l'art vocal en France et aux concerts de chœurs a capella. Elle a fondé le Chœur de chambre Accentus. Elle fonde peu après leJeune Chœur de Paris, ..."
  2. ^ Le Spectacle du monde -2004 Issues 504-507 "Figure de proue des musiciens français, Laurence Equilbey a hissé le chœur de chambre Accentus dans la cour des grands. Aujourd'hui, Accentus, en résidence à l'opéra de Rouen depuis 1998, donne ..."

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