Court-circuit was founded in 1991 by Philippe Hurel and Pierre-André Valade. The impressive talent of its musicians drove the ensemble rapidly to the forefront of the contemporary music scene, along with premiers of works by a number of composers including Tristan Murail, Michaël Jarrell, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon, Philippe Hurel, Mauro Lanza, Cecilia Ore, Knut Vaage, Christoph Saude, Daniel D’Adamo, Alexandros Markéas, Roger Reynolds, and Joshua Fineberg. Aside from concerts given in France (at IRCAM, Radio-France, the Théâtre Châtelet, the Cité de la Musique, the Auditorium du Louvre, the CNSMDP, the Strasbourg Musica festival, Festival d’Aix en Provence, the 38èmes Rugissants, Aspects de la musique contemporaine in Caen, the Arsenal de Metz, the Maison de la musique de Nanterre, Château de Versailles, and the Collectif et Compagnie d’Annecy), Court-Circuit is associated with the Bergen BIT-20 ensemble, and the Recherche ensemble from Freiburg, as part of the “Projet-Fondation3” international exchange programme.
Court-circuit appears as a regularly invited guest of several international festivals, notably those in Witten, Darmstadt, Oslo (Ultima), Bergen (MusicFactory), Helsinki, Trondheim, Vilnius (Gaida), Tallinn (Nyyd), Regio-Emilia, Vienna (Wien Modern), Warsaw (Warsaw Autumn), Rome (Roma Europa), Alicante, and Parma (Traiettorie). With recordings of works by Tristan Murail, Philippe Leroux, Thierry Blondeau, Gérard Grisey, Daniel d’Adamo, Philippe Hurel, and Joshua Fineberg to its credit, Court-circuit is currently recording a CD that brings together a number of pieces written in memory of Gérard Grisey. Court-circuit is subsidized in part by the DRAC-Ile-de-France and SACEM organizations, with special funding from the Association Française d’Action Artistique, the DAI, and the SPEDIDAM for its work abroad.