The composer Philippe Hurel and conductor Pierre-André Valade created the ensemble Court-circuit in 1991, following a meeting with the founders of Analix Gallery in Geneva. "Created by a composer for composers", Court-circuit from the outset was a place of experimentation, an art project promoting intense risk-taking in a spirit of total freedom. A strong commitment to contemporary music is the real cement of the ensemble. Court-circuit owes its its nervous, rhythmic, incisive identity, as well as its banner-like name, to the musicians and their leader Jean Deroyer, who animate it with determination and virtuosity. A sought-after partner for composers, the ensemble cheerfully plays its role of agitator in the international contemporary scene.
Court-circuit was invited by highly dynamic international programming (Maerzmuzik festivals, Ultima, Printemps des Arts, Musica Electronica Nova, Traiettorie, Gaïda) and haunts the high places of French creation and dissemination: Agora festivals, Manifesto, Novelum, Aujourd’hui Musiques in Perpignan, Messiaen in the Land of Meije, the Reims Opera, the Metz Arsenal, the Caen and Besançon theaters, and the Paris Opera.
Court-circuit is also involved in interdisciplinary projects that go beyond the sphere of contemporary music. After working with the Paris Opera for choreographic creations (Preljocaj, Lagraa), the ensemble began a fruitful partnership with the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, where it created several chamber operas: The Second Woman (Grand Prize of Critics 2011), a Frédéric Verrières opera directed by Guillaume Vincent, whose success was followed by a second production, Mimi (created November 2014), loosely based on the works of Puccini.
In parallel, Court-circuit created several ciné-concerts such as Paris qui dort (a René Clair film, with music by Yan Maresz) and Les hommes le dimanche (a Robert Siodmak film, with music by Alexandros Markeas).
Court-circuit asserts its pedagogic mission by regularly working with the Paris Conservatory and the Ile-de-France conservatories. In 2012, it settled in the Hauts-de-Seine, where it conducts numerous projects with music institutions and national distribution structures.
The ensemble is regularly invited to participate in European programs, like Integra (2006-2011) dedicated to mixed music, and Re: new music project (2009-2011).
Court-circuit's discography features fifteen records that accurately reflect his extensive repertoire: Bertrand (released in 2014 under the label Motus) Blondeau, D'Adamo, Fineberg, Grisey, Hervé, Hurel, Leroux, Matalon Monnet, Murail, Reynolds and Schneller.
Named several times “Favorite” by the Académie Charles Cros, these CDs were recognized by numerous awards (Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason d'Or, 10 de Répertoire).