Robert Veyron-Lacroix was born 13 December 1922 in Paris. He completed his musical studies at the Paris Conservatoire, where he was awarded an unprecedented number of premiers prix in the subjects of theory, piano and conducting. His professors included composer Marcel Samuel-Rousseau and pianist Yves Nat. With an impromptu recital in 1946, he began his collaboration with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. Their first important concert took place at Salle Gaveau in Paris in 1949, with tours of Europe and Asia following soon after. They made their North American debut at the Library of Congress in 1958. From the early 1950s he was also harpsichordist for the Ensemble Baroque de Paris, a chamber group founded by Rampal that also included violinist Robert Gendre, oboist Pierre Pierlot, and bassoonist Paul Hongne. Established initially for a recording of Vivaldi concertos, the group continued to perform and record for almost 30 years. His teaching career began at the Schola Cantorum in 1956, and from 1959 he taught at the International Summer Academy in Nice. In 1967 he was appointed professor of harpsichord at the Paris Conservatoire. His many students include Michèle Delfosse, Brigitte Haudebourg, Aline Zylberajch, Alain Louvier, Jean-Patrice Brosse, Joël Pontet, and Richard Siegel. He also served on juries for international harpsichord competitions in Brugge and Paris. Besides his vast recorded legacy, he edited numerous publications of music by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Telemann, and Leclair. As a noted exponent of contemporary French music, he gave first-performances of harpsichord concertos by Jean Françaix, Jean-Michel Damase, and Darius Milhaud, as well as chamber works by Jacques Castérède, Roger Albin, and Pierre Petit. Due to declining health, he ended his musical partnership with Rampal in 1982 and retired from the Paris Conservatoire in 1988. He died 2 April 1991 in Garches.

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Association Jean-Pierre Rampal

With flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

With the Ensemble Baroque de Paris.

With harpsichordist Ruggero Gerlin, 1965.

With harpsichordist Luciano Sgrizzi, 1972.

An early portrait.

With fellow Erato harpsichordists Laurence Boulay, Elisabeth Chojnacka, Zuzana Růžičková, Huguette Dreyfus and Anne-Marie Beckensteiner.

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