Bonjour et Bienvenue à Paris!!!
I’m really excited to be here with the orchestra! Four years ago I came from Paris to Los Angeles and was hired by the orchestra as Assistant Conductor. Later on that season, I happened to be in Paris during their tour in November 2007, and was incredibly happy to see my new family on stage in Salle Pleyel. Now, it is with much joy that I am here again with the orchestra as Associate Conductor and to see them perform on this stage.
Salle Pleyel is very important for any French musician, and especially for me because I grew up going to concerts in this hall, and seeing the world’s greatest artists. Last night I was so proud to sit and see such an amazing success and reaction from the French audience. They have a reputation of having very high expectations (remember that the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was met with a terrible reaction from the audience!). Seeing the French audience shouting and on their feet filled me with such wonderful emotion, and I was very proud of our musicians and felt very proud to be a part of this great family.
Gustavo, Kelley [O'Connor] and the orchestra were simply amazing – being here to experience this is a dream come true!!
(Note: Lionel Bringuier will be conducting three concerts with the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Feb. 18-20.)