In December 2019, during the 40th anniversary of the Ensemble, Paul Agnew is appointed Musical Codirector of Les Arts Florissants.
Artist of international renown and an accomplished teacher, Paul Agnew was born in Glasgow and began his musical education with the Birmingham Cathedral choir. In 1992, just as the triumphant Atys tour was coming to a close, he was auditioned by William Christie. With Les Arts Florissants, Agnew became the performer of choice for the high-tenor roles of the French Baroque repertoire with William Christie. In 2007, his career took a new turn when he began conducting certain projects for Les Arts Florissants, and he became in 2013 Associate Musical Director of Les Arts Florissants. Paul Agnew became then co-director of Le Jardin des Voix, Les Arts Florissants’ academy for young singers. This interest in the training of new generations of musicians has also led him to conduct the Orchestre Français des Jeunes Baroque on many occasions, as well as the European Union Baroque Orchestra.