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Benoît Déchelotte

Baritone - Organist

Originally from France, Benoît is currently studying as a baritone towards a master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Samantha Malk and Stephan Loges. At Guildhall he had the opportunity to study with Iain Burnside, Graham Johnson, Adrian Thompson, Jonathan Lemalu and participated in masterclasses with Julia Bullock, Richard Hetherington and Craig Terry. For the academic year 2022-2023, he has the honor of being part of the Philippe Jaroussky's academy.

Previously, he studied at the Conservatories of Rouen, and Lyon with Marcin Habela. He also worked with vocal coach Graham Lilly.

He received 2nd young artist prize at the generalist international competition Jeunes talents en Normandie 2022 and 3rd prize in 2020. He was also Finalist at Vivonne competition in 2021.

On stage he was Belcore in Donizetti's l'Elisir d'amore with Scherzo ensemblen, Chairman Walsingham in Cesar Cui’s A feast in time of Plague with Oxford Opera Society, Le Cicérone in Jean Françaix’s Paris, à nous deux! with the Guildhall brass department, and Germont in a French version of La Traviata with the Vibrato(s) charity. He has also interpreted Ben in Menotti’s the Telephone, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Valentin in Hervé’s Petit Faust. His work from the opera scenes to the Guildhall allowed him to tackle the roles of Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) and Don Inigo in L’heure espagnole (Ravel).

Benoît began studying the piano at the age of 5 and then turned to the organ with François Ménissier at Rouen Conservatory where he graduated in 2013.

Finalist at the international Grand Prix d’orgue Jean-Louis Florentz in 2017, he graduated with honors the same year in Eric Lebrun’s class at Saint-Maur-des-Fossés conservatory. He then took lessons with Lionel Avot at Lyon Conservatory and now continues as an organ soloist and accompanist.