Lionel Bringuier

The French Conductor Lionel Bringuier has a well established history of standing before an orchestra, having led a rich and remarkable career conducting the most exceptional orchestras across the globe both on stage and in recordings.

The 2019/2020 season sees Lionel returning to his home town as Artist Associate for Opéra de Nice’s season. Lionel has invited esteemed soloists and friends to perform with him, as he leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in a number of special concerts. Hélène Grimaud, Renaud Capuçon and Nicolas Bringuier will perform works by Dukas, Stravinsky, Brahms, Ravel and Shostakovich. Lionel was assigned this appointment personally by the Mayor of Nice, who entrusted Lionel with the task of curating a programme to stretch this fine orchestra, and by doing so, emphasise Opéra de Nice as a cultural centre of excellence. Having worked with the best and most compelling soloists of the international classical scene, Lionel was delighted to be asked to return to his first musical love – the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice – and present his favourite music to the people of Nice.

In between Opéra de Nice’s season, Lionel will also collaborate internationally with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, who he will lead at the Sydney Opera House. In addition, Lionel will return to the USA, working with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra before he goes onward to Vienna’s Musikverein with Camerata Salzburg, leading Kirill Gerstein to Hummel’s Piano Concerto Op 85.

The 2018/2019 season saw Lionel touring extensively, his international reach stretching into New Zealand, Korea, Singapore and Austria where he led world-class artists including his friend and collaborator Yuja Wang. Over the last 12 months Lionel appeared with the Dresden Staatskapelle where he led the orchestra to an exhilarating, eclectic mix of works by Bartók, Schumann and Eötvös. He also led legendary violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in a sparkling evening of Paris-inspired works which highlighted the enchanting quality of Lionel’s conductorship. Most recently, Lionel toured to the USA, conducting sought-after orchestras including Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, a programme which began with Chopin’s elegantly portrayed Piano Concerto No. 2 and circled into Shostakovich’s searingly intense Symphony No. 6.

Intent on challenging himself and keen to delve into all areas of the classical canon, Lionel has conducted numerous operatic works. This has recently included leading a new production of Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera in 2018 in addition to earlier work across Europe, at the Mariinsky in Russia and the opera house in Valladolid. Additionally, Lionel has conducted numerous premieres, including Rands’ Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, Salonen’s Karawane, as well as the Swiss premiere of Saariaho’s Trans for Harp and Orchestra. His discography includes two Ravel compilations on Deutsche Grammophon, among others.

Mr. Bringuier was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French government, and has been lauded with the Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco and the Médaille d’or from the City of Nice.