The French conductor Louis Langrée has been Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013. The 19-20 season marks the 125th anniversary of the orchestra, celebrated with special events throughout the season, honoring the history of the Orchestra and its originality. In recent seasons he has toured with them to Asia and Europe, with appearances including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms (London) and La Seine Musicale (Paris). He is also Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, a position that he has held since 2002. During the 2019 festival, Louis will lead a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by Barrie Kosky, amongst other concerts.
Recent conducting projects include Louis’ debuts with the Czech Philharmonic at the Prague Spring Festival, Orchestre National de France and the Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra. Return engagements included the Wiener Symphoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Philadelphia Orchestras. During the 19-20 season, Louis will make his conducting debuts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center in Washington and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In Europe, he conducts the Dresdner Philharmonie, as well as Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.
Louis has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He has worked with many other orchestras around the world including the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Budapest Festival, Sao Paulo and NHK Symphony Orchestras; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Freiburger Barockorchester and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Festival appearances have included Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozartwoche and Whitsun and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has also conducted at La Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra-Bastille, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dresden Staatsoper and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. Louis has conducted several world premieres including works by Daníel Bjarnason, Magnus Lindberg and Caroline Shaw.
“Music is part of the expression of life; of the soul.”
He has held positions as Music Director of the Orchestre de Picardie (1993-98) and Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (2001-06) and was Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg (2011-16). Louis was also Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1998-2000) and Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1998-2003).
Louis’ recordings with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra feature Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait (narrated by Dr Maya Angelou) and world premieres by Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich, David Lang, Nico Muhly and Zhou Tian (which was nominated for a Grammy Award). His latest CSO recording will be released in August 2019 and features works by Gershwin, Varèse and Stravinsky. His recordings have received several awards from Gramophone and Midem Classical. He is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Mozart Minute: Louis Langrée ("Drawn to the Orchestra")
Louis Langrée, Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, tells us how he became interested in conducting. Meet the other Festival Orchestra musicians: http://bit.ly/1sHl2lo