Bertrand Cuiller is a French harpsichordist and musical director of Le Caravansérail. Born into a family of musicians, Bertrand Cuiller began studying the harpsichord with his mother at the age of eight. At the age of thirteen he met Pierre Hantaï who became for several years his mentor. He also studied the harpsichord at the Paris Conservatoire with Christophe Rousset. In 1998, at the age of 19 he won the third price at the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition.
Bertrand Cuiller conducted the opera Venus and Adonis by John Blow, with Céline Scheen, Marc Mauillon and Les Musiciens du Paradis. Following this conducting exeperience, Bertrand founded Le Caravansérail with the aim of working on composers whom he is particularly fond of and whom he wishes to explore with greater orchestral forces.
Bertrand Cuiller and the Caravansérail were in residence at the Fondation Royaumont from 2014 to 2017 which enabled them to create several programmes such as ‘A Fancy’ and the Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach. In 2016 the ensemble recorded their first CD for Harmonia Mundi (‘A Fancy – Fantasy on English airs and tunes’), which recording received many good reviews. In 2018 the ensemble made a very succesful operatour with Handels Rinaldo, performed more than 18 times in a.o. Cornouaille, Compiègne and Duinkerken, Angers, Besançon, Nantes and Bruges. In June 2021 a second CD will be released, with sacred music of Domenico Scarlatti.
Le Caravansérail is supported by the Île-de-France Region Cultural Affairs Office and SPEDIDAM. It is sponsored by La Caisse des Dépôts.