Belgian music director and viola da gamba player, Philippe Pierlot studied guitar and lute before deciding to concentrate solely on the viola da gamba. Pierlot directs the Ricercar Consort ensemble, with whom he mostly interprets works of the 17th century, revealing unknown compositions to the public. Several contemporary pieces have been written for him and he is also one of the rare players of the baryton, a very peculiar instrument for which Haydn wrote more than 150 trios and other pieces.
Philippe Pierlot is frequently invited to take direction of important works which he restores or adapts. One example is Marais’“Sémélé”, which had not been performed for 300 years, and for which he recomposed the missing instrumental parts in 1999. Philippe Pierlot teaches at the Brussels and Hague Conservatories.