Lionel Bringuier is chief conductor designate of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, which he will join as music director in the 2014–15 season. Highlights of his 2012–13 season included debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the National Orchestra of Spain in Madrid; returns to Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; and his sixth and final season as resident conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in which he conducted subscription performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall and concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and in the Green Umbrella contemporary-music series, and worked with important guest conductors and music director Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Bringuier conducted Bizet’s Carmen in 2011 in Valladolid, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, and Stockholm, with the Royal Swedish Opera. Future plans include Carmen at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, among other international invitations.
In 2005 Lionel Bringuier won the 49th Besançon Young Conductors Competition (the unanimous choice of the jury), the Prix du Public as the audience favorite, as well as the top vote of the musicians of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Since then he has conducted and been invited to return to some of the leading orchestras in the world, including the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Bringuier served as music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid, Spain, from 2009 to 2012.
Born in Nice, France, in 1986, Lionel Bringuier attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from the age of 13, beginning conducting studies in 2000 with Zsolt Nagy. He also participated in master classes with Peter Eötvös and Janos Fürst. In June 2004 Mr. Bringuier received his diploma in cello and conducting with Mention Très Bien à l'unanimité. Other distinctions include the Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les felicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco, the médaille d’or from the Lord Mayor of Nice, as well as first prize in a competition organized by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He has also received prizes from the Swiss Foundation Langart and the Cziffra Foundation. Lionel Bringuier previously appeared with the Philharmonic in June 2009, when he conducted the chamber orchestra in Britten’s War Requiem in performances led by then-Music Director Lorin Maazel during the final weeks of his tenure.