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French conductor LIONEL BRINGUIER’s artistic maturity and interpretative depth have made him a mainstay with the world’s foremost orchestras and led to his being named Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2012 at age 26. Bringuier’s artistic vision and energy – both on and off the podium – are helping to usher the orchestra into a new era. Bringuier has appeared as a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic, among others.
Beyond Zurich, Bringuier’s 2015/16 season includes debuts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he reunites with Yuja Wang, last year’s Artist-in-Residence at the Tonhalle. He rejoins Wang at the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a program featuring the West Coast premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane, leads the world premiere of Bernhard Rands’ new English Horn concerto at the Cleveland Orchestra, collaborates with Martha Argerich and the Alma Chamber Orchestra at venues including the new Paris Philharmonie, and collaborates with Matthias Goerne at the Orchestre National de Lyon.
It was at just 14 that Bringuier made his professional debut, conducting a live concert on French national television, but it was his Besançon triumph at age 19 that launched his career in earnest. In 2007 he was chosen from nearly 150 applicants to serve under Salonen as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, becoming at 21 the youngest in the orchestra’s history and the youngest to conduct at Walt Disney Concert Hall. His outstanding rapport with the orchestra, and his success with audiences and critics, led to his reappointment under Gustavo Dudamel and subsequent promotion to Resident Conductor in 2011. Bringuier embarked on a concurrent three-season tenure as Music Director of Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in 2009.
Bringuier’s growing discography reflects his commitment to restoring less familiar works to the canon. Vincent d’Indy’s music was the vehicle for his 2007 album debut, and La Muse et le Poète, his 2013 Erato recording of Saint-Saëns concertos with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, scored glowing reviews. His BBC Proms debut, leading the BBC Symphony in Roussel and Chopin with Nelson Freire, was issued last year by Bel Air Classiques and named Gramophone’s DVD of the Month. Bringuier and the Brazilian pianist recently reprised Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto for the 2015 release Nelson Freire: Chopin, which marks the conductor’s Decca Classics label debut. He also looks forward to Deutsche Grammophon’s release of his complete Ravel cycle with the Tonhalle Orchestra.
Born in Nice in 1986, Lionel Bringuier started cello at five, and gave his first recital four years later. At 13, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied cello with Philippe Muller and conducting with Zsolt Nagy, graduating in 2004 with diplomas in both.