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Alexandre Bloch

Alexandre Bloch conductor

At the start of the 2016/17 season, French-born Alexandre Bloch assumes the position of Music Director of Orchestre National de Lille and since Sept 2015 has been Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. His First Prize at the 2012 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition brought him to international attention and he served as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Within weeks, he made his debut with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, replacing Mariss Jansons at short notice to conduct three performances of a challenging programme that included Richard Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung and a Jörg Widmann commission for large orchestra.

The 2016/17 season includes debuts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal) and Brussels Philharmonic. He will also conduct Donizetti’s l’Elisir d’Amore at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf) and a concert version of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles with the Orchestre National de Lille in Lille and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He also returns to many orchestras, including Orchestre National de France, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier seasons included debuts with many ensembles, among them Oslo and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras, Vancouver and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Nash Ensemble 40th birthday celebrations at the Wigmore Hall, the orchestras of Opera North, Royal Danish Opera, Norwegian Radio, Ulster, Winterthur, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Poznan Philhamonic and Orchestre National de Lyon. Return visits included Royal Concertgebouw, Scottish Chamber, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBCNOW, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Australian Youth Orchestra.

He was named one of "2012's Talents" by the ADAMI (French Performing Right Society) and was a conducting fellow at the 2012 and 2013 Tanglewood Music Center Festival. He also drew the attention of great figures of orchestral conducting such as Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Born in 1985, Alexandre Bloch first graduated with diplomas in cello performance, harmony and conducting from Tours, Orléans and Lille. He then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, to further his studies in composition and conducting.  In 2012, he completed his Master’s Degree in Conducting in the studio of Zsolt Nagy, prior to gaining a Diploma and the Sir John Zochonis Junior Fellowship (2012-2013 season) at the Royal Northern College of Music.

His recording with the orchestra of the Opéra National de Lyon of the music of his teacher Thierry Escaich is scheduled for release during the coming season and his inaugural concert with Orchestre National de Lille is to be transmitted live by Mezzo and Radio Classique (film and audio respectively).

Last updated july 2016

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