Guitariste :: Compositeur :: Arrangeur

image_fb.jpgBorn in Paris in a family of musicians he studies the piano at seven, at twelve he discovers and teaches himself the guitar and has a passion for its electrical side through blues, rock and roll and jazz.

Then he turns to classical guitar and studies under the masters Alberto Ponce, Arnaud Dumond (two Excellence Prizes in National Schools) and Léo Brouwer.

At the same time he plays in jazz clubs, on stage, for television and in recording studios (Stephane Grapelli, Hugues Aufray, Georges Moustaki...) before devoting himself to the creation of his own repertoire (seven records under his name) throughout his own compositions, his arrangements of John Mc Laughlin's and Astor Piazzolla's musics and lately a huge work of harmonisation of the pieces of the Irish bard Turlough O'Carolan.

Through his compositions and his arrangements Pascal Bournet opens up new horizons to the repertoire of the classical guitar and throws an original light on the cultures he encounters during his musical trips.

As a concert artist he is invited by many festivals and embassies, by Radio France, FR3, Mezzo.

He also devotes some of his time to teaching and has published a series of guitar manuals (Van de Velde, Henry Lemoine and Transatlantiques editions).

 

 

Reviews 

 

Télérama

O'Carolan, the Irish Bard  ffff

A warm tribute paid by the guitarist Pascal Bournet to
the Irish O'Carolan,  one of the latest traveling bards. Irish ballads, with a touch of baroque sometimes, but often
traditionally sad or dancing. Anne-Marie Paquotte

Classical Guitar

The Spirit of Ireland.  Pascal Bournet Consort 

Pascal Bournet has succeeded admirably in his presentation here of some of Carolan's finest tunes performed by four first-rate musicians who are obviously enjoying themselves with this music. Steve Marsh - Septembre 2003

 Guitarist Acoustic

Solace. Pascal Bournet Consort.  Mandala/Harmonia Mundi

An accomplished, mature and generous guitarist who makes space for music to express itself thanks to his obvious
mastery of the instrument.
Bob Bonastre - Février 2005

Trad Magazine

O'Carolan, the Irish Bard

On this CD the excellent guitarist Pascal Bournet presents 21 themes arranged and harmonized by himself. The scores are available from the Editions Transatlantiques.
Dominique Le Guichaoua

Solace

With "Solace" Pascal Bournet ends brilliantly his O'Carolan trilogy with a tribute of 15 original compositions. These remarkably lively creations are truly enchanting..
Dominique Le Guichaoua - Trad'Mag N°95

Le Mague Journal

Solace   Pascal Bournet   MAN 5077 - Harmonia Mundi

Pascal Bournet enchants the day and is in harmony with the brilliance of the night.
He is a soundlighter, a musician of splendour.
Daniel Leduc - 02/2004

Les Cahiers de la Guitare

To interpret means to respect and to bring back to life, to set the music free as much as the listener, this is what Pascal Bournet does : subtle rhythms and vibrant colours..
Arnaud Dumond

 

Le Monde

Bournet shows enviable ease to go beyond the technical constraints of the classical guitar and reach true expressiveness. Gilles Torjmann

Axe libre

Jasmin flower. Pascal Bournet. Mandala/Harmonia Mundi

One more time Pascal Bournet's latest opus shows the richness and versatility of the musician. Here the outstanding guitarist takes us to China either with his own compositions or his own  arrangements with the evocative power which is the sign of the greatest. . Daniel Leduc

Armor

Pascal Bournet reinterprets O'Carolan

A fantastic CD dedicated to O'Carolan's tunes harmonized and arranged by Pascal Bournet. A pure marvel! Pascal Jaugeon

Ouest France

Concert du 14/04/2012 Festival Musicalinxe

The Duo Conversa has presented an outstanding programme, an authentic and universal dialogue played with subtlety and elegance and achieved with breathtaking skill in front of a vast and enthusiastic audience. Gérard Peyroux

La Dépêche

Concert Festival en Albret 2000I

In addition to his great talent as an arranger Pascal Bournet masters the guitar admirably, playing a wide range of varied nuances and sounds with great sureness.
Jacques Casterede

Ouest France

Concert in Fontevraud

A virtuoso who masters his instrument utterly, using all its possibilities skillfully and overcoming its difficulties.. Claude Maillard

Le Télégramme

Concert Festival en Trégor 27/08/2001

Pascal Bournet and Benoit Sauvé, two exceptional musicians, have performed this refined, colourful and original repertoire brilliantly in front of a large and receptive audience.. P.H.