In parallel with his studies in economics and political sciences, Dr. Henri Pompidor studied music and conducting at the Regional Music Conservatory of Toulouse. He joined the Institute of Music and Musicology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1986, where he obtained his Master’s degree (DEA) in 1988 and his Doctorate (PhD) in 1996 on the subject of the French baroque music and choral singing schools in France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
In 2004, he came to Thailand with a keen interest to enhance the Thai choral music scene. After being the head of the Voice Department at the Conservatory of Music (Rangsit University), he joined Mahidol University (College of Music) as chorus master and choral director. From that time, he has performed several concerts with various Mahidol University (College of Music) choirs, namely Mozart’s Missa Brevis, Bach’s Cantatas, French Chansons by Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Boulanger and Messiaen, Brahms’ Liebeslieder and Liebeslieder Waltzer and many folk songs around the world.
He has conducted several master choral pieces including Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Brahms’ German Requiem with the Mahidol Symphonic Choir and more recently Faur’s and Durufl’s Requiem, in Bangkok and Chiang Mai (with the Payap University Choir and orchestra). He was invited to join several opera productions such as Die Zauberflöte with the Chulalongkorn University Chorus and Orchestra, Monteverdi’s Orfeo or Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel Besides, he has also been working as chorus mater of the Thailand Philharmonic Choir (TPO Choir) several main productions, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria.
Currently, Dr. Henri Pompidor continues his research about the voice techniques and choral singing and their interest for nowadays. Major publications emanating from his work in Thailand were articles about the history and the techniques of choral singing, phonetics for singers and about a few master choral pieces. Currently, Dr. Henri Pompidor is chorus master and choral director at Mahidol University’s College of Music and choral conductor for the Thailand Philharmonic Choir (TPO Choir).