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:
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.