Raphaële Kennedy is a soloist and polyphonist who devotes her artistic life to the interpretation of early music and to the creation of contemporary works, with the same demand to draw out the palpitation of meaning and the same desire to give a taste of it in order to transmit the emotion.
First recognized with Jordi Savall, François Lazarevitch and les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Jean-Marc Aymes and Concerto soave, Guido Balestracci and l’Amoroso, Jean Tubéry and La Fenice, within A Sei Voci, European ensemble William Byrd, Les Paladins, Le Poème Harmonique, Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr…, she appears in the great festivals as well as in many recordings dedicated to the early music.
She is now also a reference in contemporary creation, dedicating many works and working closely with composers and electroacousticians. She is notably the voice of the visual concerts of Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, the heroine of Philippe Leroux’s opera L’Annonce faite à Marie, the title role of Laurent Cuniot’s opera L’Enfant inouï, the privileged interpreter of Pierre-Adrien Charpy and solicited by Robert Pascal, Mauro Lanza, Gianvincenzo Cresta, Matteo Franceschini, Ben Foskett, Loïse Bulot and Bertrand Wolff. She has performed in internationally renowned venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall and Miller Theatre in New York, CCRMA-Stanford, UC Los Angeles Center for the Art of Performance, UC Berkeley, Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Integra Copenhagen, Musica Strasbourg, Présences of Radio France, Agora and Manifeste of IRCAM-Paris, les Musiques and Propagations of GMEM-Marseille, Manca of CIRM-Nice, Angers-Nantes Opéra, Théâtre Auditorium of Poitiers…
A specialist in recitals for solo voice and electronics, she is also a regular guest artist with the ensembles tm+ (conducted by Laurent Cuniot), Multilatérale and Les Métaboles (conducted by Léo Warynski), Ars Nova (conducted by Benoît Sitzia) and Regards. She has been a permanent member of the Solistes XXI (conducted by Rachid Safir).
She is the artistic director of Da Pacem, a company invested in early music, contemporary creation and the dialogue of cultures founded with the composer Pierre-Adrien Charpy, whose members and partners include Sylvie Moquet, Marianne Muller, Virginie Descharmes, Stéphanie Paulet, Yannick Varlet, Jean-Luc Ho, Marine Sablonnière, Anne Magouët, Vincent Bouchot, Isabelle Deproit, Geoffroy Buffière, Valérie Dulac, Camilla Hoitenga, Marylise Florid, Serge Bertocchi, Anne Etienvre, Jean-Jacques Bédikian, Moussa Héma have become over time his companions. It is within this framework – from duets to small ensembles and multidisciplinary or multimedia shows – that she freely bases her work on sensuality, theatricality and rhetoric. She thus favors the incarnated transparency of the voice, the accuracy of style, the brilliance that emerges from the angle of the word and the declamatory gesture that makes the music the amplification of the word.
She has made some forty recordings, including those of Da Pacem, which have been unanimously acclaimed by the critics.
She founded in 2016 with composer Pierre-Adrien Charpy and video photographer Isabelle Françaix the musical and visual collection Avec on the Cypres label.
Raphaële Kennedy©Isabelle Françaix
Raphaële Kennedy©Alain Anselm
Raphaële Kennedy©Anne-Marie Berthon