Dr Jonathan Williams (St Hilda’s College, Oxford)
Jonathan’s interest in Rameau began whilst a student at Manchester University. He came to Oxford to read for an MPhil and DPhil, for which he undertook research on Rameau’s previously unpublished Anacréon of 1754 under the supervision of Brian Trowell, Edward Higginbottom and Graham Sadler. After visiting Paris to examine sources at the Bibliothèque nationale and the Archives nationales, he reconstructed an edition of Anacréon which was subsequently published in Bärenreiter’s Opera Omnia Rameau and given its modern première by Jonathan and the OAE in 2012. Jonathan subsequently founded the Rameau Project, became an inaugural AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and was awarded research funding from the University’s John Fell Fund to create the Rameau Project.
Professor Graham Sadler (University of Oxford & Birmingham Conservatoire)
Graham Sadler is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Hull, Professor in Music at Birmingham Conservatoire and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His many publications on French music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries include critical editions of two Rameau operas, Zoroastre (1749) and Zaïs (1748), published respectively in 1999 and 2010 as part of the Rameau Opera Omnia, of which he is a member of the editorial committee. He is co-author, with Caroline Wood, of French Baroque Opera: A Reader (Ashgate, 2000). His monograph, The Rameau Compendium, for Boydell and Brewer, is scheduled for publication in 2014.
Edith Lalonger (Baroque choreographer, Paris)
Edith Lalonger’s work as dancer, choreographer and dance historian is distinguished by a transdisciplinary approach to choreography which allies theatrical expressiveness with a special sensitivity, born out of her musical background, to the musical score. She began her career in Baroque dance in the conservatory in Montréal. After completing an MA in music, and a diploma in dance and music teaching, at the Orff Institut, Salzburg, she studied in Paris with Francine Lancelot and her ensemble Ris et Danceries, famous for the choreography of Lully’s Atys with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie. She has since worked with such specialists as Piotr Fomenko, Béatrice Massin, Marie-Geneviève Massé, Christine Bayle, Christophe Coin, and Catherine Turocy. While working as a dancer, Edith began to produce choreographies for both ballet and theatre companies. In addition, she conducted research through the Sorbonne which led to publications in the Larousse Dictionnaire de la Danse, an article on J.F. Rebel’s Les Caractères de la Danse for King’s College London (1996) and a study on Les Chaconnes d’Arlequin for the Centre de Recherche sur les Arts du Spectacle (2004). She has presented her research at several international conferences including those at New College, Oxford, and at the University of Salzburg.