Sylvie Perret

Harpe | Soloist at Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris


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Born to musicians et attracted by the harp from her earliest childhood, Sylvie Perret began learning this instrument in Bordeaux at 8 years old. Lily Laskine heard and encouraged her early on, after which she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with J. Borot in 1979 where she obtained an outstanding first prize. In 1984, she enters the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris as a soloist. 

Alongside her orchestral practice, she devoted herself to chamber music by seeking unusual trio ensembles such as « oboe, horn and harp » or in sonata ensembles with clarinet, oboe or bassoon. Finalist during the first competition for young talents of the Lion's Club, her talent is acknowledged at the International Geneva Competition. 

She appears regularly in France and abroad (Festival Estival de Paris, Graz, Académie Maurice Ravel, Nuremberg, Salle Gaveau, Festivals d'été du Chambon sur Lignon, de La Canourgue, du Mont-Dore, de Rouffach, Opéra Garnier, Amphithéâtre de l' opéra Bastille…) in her repertoire of specialization with Ravel, Debussy, Caplet, Tomasi, Cras or Jean Françaix with whom she worked. 

She also recorded Mozart's concerto for flute and harp with Catherine Cantin and the Orchestre de l'Opéra conducted by G. Prêtre as well as sonatas for clarinet and harp with M. Gabai ; she currently forms an oboe-harp duo with her husband François-Xavier Bourin and accompanies mezzo singer Anna Wall in English and French melodies.