French lutenist and conductor Vincent Dumestre attended the École Normale de Musique de Paris, where he studied guitar, and the École du Louvre, where he studied art history. He pursued advanced studies in lute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar with Hopkinson Smith and Eugène Ferré, and studied at the Toulouse Conservatoire, where he worked with Rolf Lislevand. Dumestre founded the early music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique in 1998, and served as its artistic director. This group produced special stage productions that pushed the boundaries between Baroque performance and theatre: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (2004), Baroque Carnival (2006), Cadmus et Hermione (2008), and Egisto (2012). Dumestre has performed with many other ensembles, including La Simphonie du Marais, the Ricercar Consort, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Le Concert des Nations, Akademia, and various ensembles of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles. Dumestre records for Alpha Productions.