Lionel Bringuier (2005)

Lionel Bringuier (2005)

Grand Prix of the 49th International Competition for Young Conductors, « Public favorite prize »

[Frrench, 18 years]

Lawrence Foster, jury chairman

French conductor Lionel Bringuier’s artistic maturity and interpretive depth have established him as one of the most engaging figures among the world’s leading orchestras. This led to his being named Chief Conductor and Musical Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2012 at the age of 26. As he enters his second season with the Tonhalle, Bringuier’s artistic vision and energy – both on and off the podium – are steering the orchestra into a new era. Bringuier has appeared as a Guest Conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic, among others.

Bringuier made his professional debut at the age of 14, conducting a live concert on French national television, but it was his triumph in Besançon aged only 19 that truly launched his career.

In 2007, after accepting an assistant conductorship with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and an associate conductorship with the Orchestre de Bretagne, he was chosen from nearly 150 applicants to serve under Salonen as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, becoming – at 21 years of age – the youngest to do so in the orchestra’s history, and the youngest person to ever conduct at Disney Hall.  His extraordinary rapport with the orchestra, critical acclaim, and success with audiences, led to his reappointment under Gustavo Dudamel and subsequent promotion to Resident Conductor in 2011. Bringuier embarked on a concurrent three-season tenure as Musical Director of Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in 2009. He has also served as a Guest Conductor at the San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has retained close ties with his home town of Nice, France, and regularly conducts the Orchestre philarmonique de Monte-Carlo.

A staunch advocate of contemporary composition, Bringuier has conducted noteworthy premieres of works by Pedro Amaral, Louis Andriessen, Karol Beffa, John Corigliano, Marc-André Dalbavie, Philippe Fénelon, Philippe Hersant, Giya Kancheli, Magnus Lindberg, Bruno Mantovani, Gérard Pesson, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rebecca Saunders, Steven Stucky, Éric Tanguy, and Erkki-Sven Tüür.

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