French conductor Louis Langrée has been music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He recently toured with the ensemble to both Asia and Europe, with appearances including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms (London), and La Seine Musicale (Paris). He is also music director of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, a position he has held since 2002; in 2018 he led its celebration of the Bernstein Centenary, which included a staged performance of Mass.
Mr. Langrée’s recent and future conducting projects include debuts with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Prague Spring Festival, Orchestre national de France, and the Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra. Return engagements include the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He also returns to The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, and Opéra Comique in Paris. He has conducted several world premieres, including works by Daníel Bjarnason, Magnus Lindberg, and Caroline Shaw. During the 2018–19 season he will also conduct the first performance of a piece by Jonathan Bailey Holland, composer-in-residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Louis Langrée has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and London Philharmonic orchestras. Other distinguished ensembles he has led include the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra dell’Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Budapest Festival Orchestra, São Paulo and NHK Symphony Orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Freiburger Barockorchester, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Festival appearances have included Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg’s Mozartwoche and Whitsun, and Glyndebourne Festival. He has also conducted at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra-Bastille, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dresden Staatsoper, and Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam.
He was music director of the Orchestre de Picardie (1993–98) and Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (2001–06), chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg (2011–16), and music director of Opéra national de Lyon (1998–2000) and Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1998–2003). His recordings with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra feature Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait (narrated by Maya Angelou) and World Premieres by Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich, David Lang, Nico Muhly, and Zhou Tian (nominated for a Grammy Award). His recordings have received several awards from Gramophone and Midem Classical. He is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
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