Bruno Procopio is among the most prominent young harpsichordists in France. His studies with French harpsichord masters Pierre Hantaï and Christophe Rousset were turning points in his development. He is now considered a leading Baroque specialist in France and abroad.
Born in Brazil in 1976, Bruno Procopio began his musical studies in Rio de Janeiro. In 1994, his exceptional talent led him to France. Two years later he was accepted to the Paris Conservatory, where he studied harpsichord performance with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Hantaï, chamber music with Blandine Ranou and Kenneth Weiss, and pianoforte with Patrick Cohen. He graduated in 2001 with first prizes in both harpsichord and continuo performance.
Bruno Procopio founded the record label Paraty in 2007 to explore the rich Baroque and Classical repertoire on period instruments. Paraty's first release was a set of 3 Keyboard Partitas by JS Bach, completing the set of 6 that Procopio had started recording in 2004. Procopio's first volume of the Partitas was well received by music critics, earning five stars from Diapason Magazine in France. Fanfare Magazine in America selected the disc as one of the five best Baroque CDs of the year.
His follow-up album on Paraty, of the complete sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J. S. Bach, was awarded the Choc Award by the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique. The album was also singled out by Luxembourg's Pizzicato Magazine for its highest honours.
Two more albums followed, both widely acclaimed, dedicated to works by Francois Couperin and the colonial composer Marcos Portugal. In June 2012 Procopio's much-anticipated new album will be released: ‘Concerted Harpsichord Works' by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Paraty is distributed by Codaex throughout Europe, North America, and Asia.
Following his success as a Baroque soloist, Bruno Procópio has taken up a parallel career in conducting. He recently conducted the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with whom he'll record Rameau's ballets in July 2012. In 2012 he will make his conducting debut with the prestigious Symphonic Orchestra of Brazil (the OSB). He has also conducted the Manaus Opera Orchestra in Brazil and the Catholic University Orchestra in Chile.
Bruno Procopio is frequently invited to give master-classes in South America: in Brazil, Venezuela, and Chile. He also recently gave his first master-class in Asia, at the Beijing Central Conservatory in China.