conductorLionel Bringuier has a deep understanding and passion of music that has marked him as an outstandingly talented conductor, described in Standpoint Magazine as being at the forefront of a “podium revolution”, leading a “perceptual change of what musicians and audiences may expect of a music director”.
Bringuier is the Chief Conductor designate and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, beginning in the season 2014/15. In the 2013/14 season, he will make a number of notable debut and return appearances with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with whom he developed a strong affinity during a six year tenure as Resident Conductor under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel.
The 2013/14 season will see Bringuier conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, alongside his anticipated return to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Bringuier will also make debut performances with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
With an enthusiasm for 20th and 21st century repertoire, Bringuier regularly conducts the works of living composers, and this season will include a notable performance of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et chantefables with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the composer’s centenary.
Bringuier made his BBC Proms debut at the age of 23 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, performing Roussel’s Symphony No. 3. A DVD of this performance was produced by Bel Air Classiques and was released in March 2013 to great acclaim. Bringuier will also release a CD later this year with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for Virgin Classics. The recording features Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with Renaud Capuçon, along with La Muse et la Poète, performed by his brother and cellist, Gautier Capuçon. Lionel’s first CD release featured a performance of Vincent d’Indy’s Symphony No. 1 in A minor “Italienne” & Concert pour piano, flute, violoncelle et cords op. 89, with the Orchestre Bretagne, and soloists Brigitte Engerer, Magali Mosnier and Marc Coppey.
Having dedicated his early musical life to the cello studying at the Paris Conservatoire with Philippe Muller, Bringuier began his conducting studies with Zsolt Nagy in 2000. It was the conductor’s complex awareness and comprehension of music that struck Nagy so particularly, and is an attribute that continues to mark Bringuier as a distinctive and remarkable artist. In addition to his studies with Nagy, Bringuier has participated in master classes with Peter Eötvös and Janos Fürst.
In 2004, he obtained his diploma in cello and conducting with “Mention Très Bien à l’unanimité”, and was the winner of the 49th Besançon Young Conductors Competition in 2005 (the unanimous choice of the jury). Other distinctions include the “Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les felicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco”, the “médaille d’or” from the Lord Mayor of Nice, as well as first prize in a competition organized by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava. Bringuier has also received prizes from the Swiss Foundation Langart and the Cziffra Foundation.