le miroir de musique

Baptiste Romain


Medieval fiddle, renaissance violin, lira da braccio, bagpipes


After initial studies of the violin and its repertoire in France, Baptiste Romain chose to specialise in the music of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance. After training at the Centre de Musique Médiévale in Paris, among others with Marco Horvat, he then continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Randall Cook, Dominique Vellard and Crawford Young. Whilst in Basel he mastered the playing techniques of the various stringed instruments of the Middle Ages as well as of the Renaissance violin, gaining his soloist’s diploma there in 2008. He also studied ensemble playing and repertoire concurrently with Pierre Hamon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon.


Baptiste Romain continues to carry out research into new ideas for historical performance practice in relation to early music, particularly in terms of improvisation, vocal accompaniment and the earliest works of the instrumental repertoire.


He also appears with Le Miroir de Musique, his own ensemble, as well as with other groups; these include the Ensemble Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), per-sonat (Sabine Lutzenberger), Leones (Marc Lewon), Tetraktys (Kees Boeke), Peregrina, (Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett), and Douce Mémoire (Denis Raisin Dadre).


After having taught the history of mediaeval music, analysis and counterpoint at the University of Besançon as well as at numerous courses and master classes, he was appointed professor of bowed stringed instruments of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance at the Schola Cantorum of Basel in 2017, the successor to Randall Cook and Sterling Jones.



©Chani Lesaulnier