Member of Ensemble Musikfabrik since 2015, Florentin Ginot lives and works in Paris and Cologne. After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he became a Laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation and Mécénat Musical Société Générale. In 2015, he recorded his first CD for the « Young Soloists » collection of the Meyer Foundation, with a focus on the early music of Marin Marais.
He is now dedicated to solo repertoire, creation and invention of scenic forms.In 2017 he founded HowNow, a company developing innovative artistic forms based on modern music into scenic forms, alongside contemporary dance, theatre and circus. The same year, the choreographer Yoann Bourgeois commissioned him the musical conception for La Mécanique de l’Histoire, presented at the Panthéon as part of the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris’s season.In 2019, he initiated two collaborations with electronic artists Helge Sten (aka Deathprod, Norway) and Stefan Prins (Belgium/Germany), for two immersive and transdisciplinary shows, The Waste Land and Situations.
By collaborating closely with composers such as Georges Aperghis, György Kurtág, Rebecca Saunders or Helmut Lachenmann, he initiates and premieres a new solo repertoire for his instrument. His program Not Here presented a series of premieres in 2018 at the Cologne Philharmonie, Manifeste Festival-Ircam and the Biennale di Venezia.At the same time, he performs baroque and classical repertoire by adapting J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas on piccolo double bass, Marin Marais’ Livres de Viole, or L.v. Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas.
He has performed as soloist in festivals and venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique-Paris, Festival Présences-Radio France, Festival Musica, l’Auditori, Berliner Festspiele, Manifeste Festival-Ircam, Sacrum Profanum-Cracow, Ultima-Oslo, la Biennale di Venezia… His international projects are supported by the Institut Français.
HowNow is an artistic company, designing shows and scenic concerts, alongside dance, theater and circus. HowNow was founded by Florentin Ginot in 2017.
When posed the question: "What could a Musikfabrik be?", a clever primary school child answered: "That is where they create music that hasn’t been made yet". That basically sums up everything in a nutshell.