The vocal and instrumental company La Tempête was founded in 2015 by Simon-Pierre Bestion. He then demonstrated a strong desire to explore musical pieces while imbuing a really personal and incarnate engagement, similar to the current approaches in performing arts.
To do so, he brings together artists coming from different backgrounds and creates a collective with a strong character.
By the very essence of its project, the ensemble’s repertoire travels through many aesthetics and mainly feeds on early music or even traditional music but also on modern and contemporary repertoires.
The artistic offer of the company is centered on the audience sensory immersion, the search for a particular moment to each encounter between a place, an audience, artists, originating in the writing and the spirit of the pieces the company interprets.
La Tempête is therefore continually questioning the form of classical music concerts, performing in a spatialized and staged way, collaborating with other disciplines (electroacoustic music, theater, dance, lights, video, mapping) or interpreting pieces or programs by heart.
The Tempest has been sponsored by the Fondation Orange since 2013 and the Mécénat Musical Sociéte Générale since 2015. It also has the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Department of Corrèze and the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde.
The Tempest is a member of the Federation of Specialist Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles (FEVIS) and of the PROFEDIM Union.
Born in 1988, Simon-Pierre Bestion completed his studies at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nantes where he was awarded an organ prize in Michel Bourcier’s class and a musical achievement prize. At the same time, he studied the harpsichord with Laure Morabito and Frédéric Michel, and furthered his knowledge as a keyboard player by attending master classes with Jan-Wil- lem Jansen, Francis Jacob, Benjamin Alard, Martin Gester and Aline Zylberach. He was a finalist in the Béthune International Organ Competition in 2006. He now performs regularly as a continuo player in the «Cris de Paris Ensemble» (Geoffroy Jourdain) and the «Insula Orchestra» (Laurence Equilbey).
His taste for composition and contemporary music led him to discover vocal polyphony and the value of choral work. He then started a choral conducting course with Valérie Fayet at the CCR de Nantes and sang under her direction in the Chœur de l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. He next entered the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon in Nicole Corti’s class and studied under the precious guidance of masters such as Régine Théodoresco, Roland Hayrabédian, Geoffroy Jourdain, Joël Suhubiette, Dieter Kurz and Timo Nuoranne.
During his years of training, he was also greatly inspired by his encounters with Bruno Messina (Ethnomusicology and musical culture), Claire Levacher (Conducting), Dominique Moaty (Singing) and Thomas Lacôte (Harmony and writing). His love for ancient music and conducting moved him to start the «Europa Barocca Chamber Music Ensemble» with gambist Julie Dessainte in 2007. He completed this instrumental phalanx by creating the «Luce del Canto Choir», a vocal ensemble which brings together young semi-professional singers. These two groups gained professional maturity before merging in 2015 to become «The Tempest Ensemble».