Philippe Hurel and Pierre-André Valade founded the Ensemble Court-circuit in 1991, following an encounter with Barbara and Luigi Polla, the founders of the Analix Galery in Geneva. The musical director is Jean Deroyer.
The Ensemble, made up of top-level musicians, was quickly recognised as an outstanding ensemble.
Court-circuit has performed in important European festivals and musical institutions.
It is also involved in interdisciplinary projects. It has frequently taken part in Paris Opera ballet premieres (Le Songe de Médée, A. Preljocaj/M. Lanza – Le Souffle du temps, A. Lagraa/G. Grisey). Other interdisciplinary projects have included severals Ciné-concert (Paris qui dort, R. Clair/Y. Maresz – Metropolis, F. Lang/M. Matalon…). This year, Court-circuit begins a 3 years collaboration with the Bouffes du Nord Theater (Paris) in order to perform chamber operas : the first one, which will be performed in April-May 2011 is The second woman (music : F. Verrières, stage direction : Guillaume Vincent) inspired by the film Opening Night by J. Cassavetes, .
Another aspect of Court-circuit’s activities is its commitment to pedagogy : indeed, he has regular collaboration with the Paris and Boulogne Conservatoires.
The Ensemble is a member of 2 european projects: Integra project, whose goal is to create a European environment that encourages the composition and the sharing of music with electronics, and Re :new music project whose aim is to support the circulation and performance of existing high quality ensemble repertoire.
Court-circuit has recorded works by T. Murail, P. Leroux, T. Blondeau, G. Grisey, D. D’Adamo, P. Hurel, J. Fineberg, R. Reynolds, M. Matalon and J-L. Hervé (2009).
As a subsidised ensemble, Court-circuit receives support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication/DRAC Ile-de-France and funding from the SACEM, SPEDIDAM, Culturesfrance, Mfa and FCM.