Louis Langrée has been music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival since December 2002, and he was named Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director in August 2006. Under his musical leadership the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra has received extensive critical acclaim, and their performances have become an annual highlight for summertime classical music lovers in New York City.
Mr. Langrée is also music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg. In the current season, he conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in gala concerts with both Lang Lang and Yo-Yo Ma and leads the orchestra in world premieres of works by Caroline Shaw, Daníel Bjarnason, and André Previn. His collaboration with the Camerata Salzburg includes concerts in Cologne, Salzburg, and Vienna, and a tour to South America. He also returns to the Orchestre de Paris and continues his regular appearances with the Vienna State Opera (Eugene Onegin) and the Metropolitan Opera (Carmen).
Mr. Langrée has conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Budapest Festival Orchestra, NHK and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as chamber orchestras including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in London and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He also regularly conducts period-instrument ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Le Concert d’Astrée.
“Music is part of the expression of life; of the soul.”
He has a long-term relationship with the Metropolitan Opera and has also conducted at La Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House–Covent Garden in London, Semperoper Dresden, Opéra Bastille and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Festival appearances have included the Vienna Festival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, BBC Proms, Glyndebourne Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival. He has held positions as music director of the Orchestre de Picardie, Opéra National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
Mr. Langrée’s first commercial recording with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra was released earlier this season, featuring Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou) and world premieres by Nico Muhly and David Lang. Mr. Langrée’s recordings have received several awards from Gramophone and Midem Classical. La Traviata, recorded at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra for Virgin Classics, was recently released on DVD and awarded a Diapason d’Or.
Louis Langrée was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2006 and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2014.