Julien Masmondet

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Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (1)

Julien Masmondet - Orchestre de Paris

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto N°2 (1)

Julien Masmondet - Orchestre de Paris

Biography

Julien Masmondet is amongst the most-respected of the new French conductors, with a reputation that was affirmed last year by the universal critical acclaim garnered following his hugely successful Paris run of the double bill combining Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and the premiere of Zavaro’s Café Manga, performed by the ensemble he founded, Les Apaches.

He guest conducts several major orchestras such as Kremerata Baltica, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Saint-Etienne, Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy-Lorraine, Yuri Bashmet’s State Symphony Orchestra "Novaya Rossia" in Moscow, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, with soloists such as Emmanuel Ax, Nikolai Znajder, Tabea Zimmermann, Valeriy Sokolov, Jorge Luis Prats, Henri Demarquette, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Ksenija Sidorova or singers including Karine Deshayes, Vincent Le Texier, Marie-Adeline Henry or Sara Mingardo.

Julien Masmondet is amongst the most-respected of the new French conductors, with a reputation that was affirmed last year by the universal critical acclaim garnered following his hugely successful Paris run of the double bill combining Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and the premiere of Zavaro’s Café Manga, performed by the ensemble he founded, Les Apaches.

He guest conducts several major orchestras such as Kremerata Baltica, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Saint-Etienne, Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy-Lorraine, Yuri Bashmet’s State Symphony Orchestra "Novaya Rossia" in Moscow, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, with soloists such as Emmanuel Ax, Nikolai Znajder, Tabea Zimmermann, Valeriy Sokolov, Jorge Luis Prats, Henri Demarquette, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Ksenija Sidorova or singers including Karine Deshayes, Vincent Le Texier, Marie-Adeline Henry or Sara Mingardo.

Opera is very important to him, and in spring 2015 he was chosen to direct a production of La Clemenza di Tito at the Opéra de Montpellier, much praised by the press and audiences alike. Following the success of Trouble in Tahiti / Café Manga in the spring of 2018 he has enjoyed a partnership with Louis Langree at the Opera Comique in Paris, which began with Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in December 2018, and continues in December 2019 with André Messager’s Fortunio.

In 2016, he conducted the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in two recordings, respectively for Sony Music and Warner Classics, with soloists Thibault Cauvin, and Camille & Julie Berthollet. He will also conduct the Orchestre National de France in a recording of an album for children with the actor Laurent Lafitte. His discography also includes a recent recording of Mozart's piano concertos Nos.9 and 21 with François Dumont and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne on the occasion of the creation of the orchestra's own label.

In December 2016, at the Théâtre de l'Athénée “Louis Jouvet” in Paris, Julien Masmondet conducted Reynaldo Hahn's opera L'Ile du Rêve, a magnificent work which he rediscovered and subsequently gave the first performance of it since its creation in 1898.

Since 2005, Julien Masmondet has been artistic director of the Festival Musiques au Pays de Pierre Loti, which he founded in Charente-Maritime. Its programming, which combines music and literature and is dedicated to the rediscovery of works and rarely played French composers such as Ropartz, Koechlin, Caplet, Pierne, Hahn and Messager, has distinguished the festival as one of the most original in the French cultural landscape. Under the auspices of the festival he has collaborated with prestigious comedians like Dominique Blanc, Didier Sandre and Loïc Corbery of the Comédie Française, or Catherine Frot and Marie-Christine Barrault.

Sharing and teaching is a very important part of Julien’s approach, which has led to his involvement in projects which strive to reach a greater number of people, for example music for young audiences, concerts in prison, or for the benefit of disadvantaged groups. He also taught conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris “Alfred Cortot”.

Born in Paris in 1977 Julien Masmondet studied composition and conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris “Alfred Cortot” where he obtained a diploma in orchestral conducting in 2002 in the class of Dominique Rouits. He then continued with Yoel Levi in Israel and with Benjamin Zander at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Following a very successful three-season term at the Orchestre de Paris as assistant to Paavo Järvi, who remains one of his most active supporters, Julien has worked with such leaders as Louis Langrée, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yutaka Sado, David Zinman and Bertrand de Billy.

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Discography

Videos

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (1)

Julien Masmondet - Orchestre de Paris

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto N°2 (1)

Julien Masmondet - Orchestre de Paris

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