Aline d’Ambricourt was introduced to music by her mother, Jacqueline Josse-Gaudet, a tutor at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, who joined Yvonne Loriot in taking lessons from Maurice Martenot
himself on his famous Ondes Martenot. She attended the conservatories of Versailles (where she was taught by Agnelle Bundervoet), Saint-Cloud (receiving lessons from Richard Siegel), and Rueil-Malmaison, going on to study with Martine Chapuis, Laurence Boulay and Olivier Beaumont before completing her training with Christophe Rousset, Kenneth Gilbert and Bob van Asperen at Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatory.
Her career has included numerous public appearances in France and elsewhere in Europe, with over 150 harpsichord recitals to her name: the Rome Festival (1994), the Armagnac Nuits Musicales Festival
(1995), the Summertime in Bourges Festival
(1995 and 1996), the Berry Romanesque Churches Festival
, the Saint-Riquier Festival
at the Hôtel Saint-Berny in Amiens, the Royan Musical Thursdays Festival, the Château de Chambord (1998), the Souvigny Baroque Music Festival
(1998), the Riom Piano Festival
(2000), the Vendsyssel Festival
(Denmark, 2001), and the Pescara Musica Classica Festival
(Italy, 2003). She is devoted to sharing her passion for this special instrument with the music-loving public.
Aline has given recitals at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice (1997), Copenhagen’s Thott Palace
(2004), the Brussels Parliament and the royal palace of Fredensborg at the invitation of the Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark (2004); she has also appeared at concerts organised by the Women’s International Club in support of humanitarian projects for the building of schools in Cambodia and Mexico.
Her acute sensibility for chamber music has led her to collaborate with sopranos Emmanuelle Gal (of Brigitte Lesne’s Ensemble Discantus) and Fabrice di Falco (under the direction of Frédérick Martin in Paris’ Eglise Saint-Séverin), Stefano Bagliano’s ‘Il Collegium Pro Musica’
ensemble (Graz, Austria, and Monte Carlo), cellist Erich Oskar Huetter and countertenor Massimiliano Mauthe von Degerfeld at the 2010 Aalborg Opera Festival (Denmark).
Fascinated by historic instruments, she has played the outstanding keyboard instruments of the Fenton House Collection in London, from the Andreas Beuman Collection in Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, and from the Russell Collection of early keyboard instruments in St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh.
Following the research work she conducted in partnership with Jean Lionnet at the Versailles Centre for Baroque Music, Aline d’Ambricourt’s passion for early music led her to direct the documentary film ‘Domenico Scarlatti: Timeless’ in 2007, which enjoyed an enthusiastic critical reception (Classica, Figaro Magazine, La Lettre du Musicien…). Always keen to promote her instrument, she is also the force behind the website clavecin.com.
Aline’s recording of works by Louis Marchand and François Couperin was highly praised by Gramophone.
She is the first musician to record Scarlatti sonatas on the famous Migliai harpsichord, a legendary instrument which is remarkably close in tone and timbre to the harpsichords used by Domenico Scarlatti himself.
Aline d'Ambricourt is President of the Foundation of the harpsichord
in Geneva she has created in March 2012.