Philippe Pierlot was born in Liège.

After studying the guitar and the lute, he decided to take up the viola da gamba.

He directs the Ricercar Consort, an ensemble which mainly explores 17th-century repertoire and has revealed a large number of valuable works and composers to the public.

His repertoire also comprises contemporary works, most of them dedicated to him; he is one of the few musicians who play the baritone, a little-known instrument for which Haydn wrote some150 pieces.

His discography entails:
  • the oratorios The Resurrection’ and The Seven Last Words by Heinrich Schütz.
  • 17th-century German viol music
  • The ‘Défense de la basse de viole’.
  • Terpsichore’ by Praetorius.
  • The of III and IV part-sonatas by Purcell.
  • The octets with baritone by Joseph Haydn, rewarded by the international press.
In 1995 Philippe Pierlot started recording the complete works for bass viol of Marin Marais. In 1998 he adapted Monteverdi’s opera Il Ritorno d’Ulisse for a consort of viols and plucked strings, scoring a great success in European festivals.

In April 1999, as part of the Baroque Spring of the Sablon, he rescued from oblivion of Marais’ last opera, Sémélé, for which he rewrote the lost instrumental parts.

This work hadn’t been listened to for 300 years.

Philippe Pierlot is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen.