An open-minded and eclectic musician who plays both the modern and baroque cello, Jérôme Pernoo is also sensitive to the diversity of artistic inventiveness and participates in less traditional projects. For instance, he has collaborated with the choreographer Régine Chopinot in a staged production of Bach's Suites for Solo Cello, which toured worldwide.
Pernoo received his musical education at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Conservatoire de Musique de Boulogne and Conservatoire de Paris with Germaine Fleury, Xavier Gagnepain and Philippe Muller. Jérôme Pernoo is founder and artistic director of the music festival Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn in La Roche Posay, which first edition took place in September 2005.
Jérôme Pernoo's discography includes Bach's Suites for cello (live 1998), the Ricercati by degli Antonii and Gabrielli (2002), the Rachmaninov sonata associated with the quatre Pièces, and the Frank Bridge Sonata for cello and piano, which he recorded with Jérôme Ducros (2002), the Cello concerto Nr. 2 by Saint-Saens with the Orchestre de Bretagne under Nicolas Chalvin (Timpani Records, 2006) and the Cello concerto by Offenbach with Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski (Archiv-Deutsche Grammophon, 2006). He has released a new CD-recording with Jérôme Ducros including works by Beethoven (among others Kreutzer Sonata in the transcription by Czerny) and Ducros's music for DECCA.
He plays a baroque cello and a piccolo cello. Both instruments are Italian and were built in the 18th century by the Milanese School. He also plays a modern cello made for him by Franck Ravatin.
Le très virtuose et sensible violoncelliste Jérôme Pernoo est un excellent conteur, élégant, exalté. Il joue avec une large palette de timbres et montre une joie espiègle à exécuter les petites drôleries qu'Offenbach se permet, tout en restant humble et à l'écoute de son dialogue, dansant et intense, avec l'orchestre et le chef Marc Minkowski.Florian Erdl, TZ, 23 avril 2008
Jérôme Pernoo (...) violoncelliste d'exceptionG.M., Le Dauphiné libéré, 11 août 2007