Maxime Pascal
Conductor

Maxime Pascal is the Music Director of Paris-based orchestra Le Balcon

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Maxim Belčikov +44 (0)20 3725 9143
Alexandra Aimard +44 (0)20 3725 9139

Biography

Music Director: Le Balcon

 

Born of musician parents, Maxime Pascal began his studies on piano and then violin at an early age in Carcassonne. In 2005 he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he studied with François-Xavier Roth.

In 2008, while still a student, Maxime founded the orchestra Le Balcon (named after the work by Jean Genet), along with composers Pedro Garcia-Velasquez, Juan-Pablo Carreño and Mathieu Costecalde, the pianist Alphonse Cemin and sound engineer Florent Derex. The speciality of this multifaceted orchestra, playing all types of repertoire, is the complete integration of music with advanced technical sound systems. Maxime Pascal thus developed his personal vision of musical spectacle: that it should be a striking and radical experience for the spectators. This led him to work with personalities such as Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin and Michaël Levinas. September 2016 saw the release of their debut album, a loose adaptation of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique (Le Balcon/Alpha) which they worked on with Arthur Lavandier.

Music Director: Le Balcon

 

Born of musician parents, Maxime Pascal began his studies on piano and then violin at an early age in Carcassonne. In 2005 he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he studied with François-Xavier Roth.

In 2008, while still a student, Maxime founded the orchestra Le Balcon (named after the work by Jean Genet), along with composers Pedro Garcia-Velasquez, Juan-Pablo Carreño and Mathieu Costecalde, the pianist Alphonse Cemin and sound engineer Florent Derex. The speciality of this multifaceted orchestra, playing all types of repertoire, is the complete integration of music with advanced technical sound systems. Maxime Pascal thus developed his personal vision of musical spectacle: that it should be a striking and radical experience for the spectators. This led him to work with personalities such as Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin and Michaël Levinas. September 2016 saw the release of their debut album, a loose adaptation of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique (Le Balcon/Alpha) which they worked on with Arthur Lavandier.

Highlights in Maxime’s 2016/17 season include the world premiere of Arthur Lavandier’s new opera with Le Balcon at Opéra de Lille, a reinvitation from Camerata Salzburg, a project at Cité de la Musique in Paris, and a tour in Japan with the Ballet of Opéra de Paris followed by a new opera production with them in Paris.

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Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Maxim Belčikov +44 (0)20 3725 9143
Alexandra Aimard +44 (0)20 3725 9139

Reviews

“This 30 year old young conductor on the rise is above all a free artist who blows a breath of fresh air on the world of classical and contemporary music” (Alain Cochard, A nous Paris, June 2016)

“We like this ensemble of musicians and their conductor for their cheek” (Christian Merlin, Figaro, June 2015)

“The Balcon ensemble, under the baton of Maxime Pascal, is itself a frenetic centipede, going from stroking harps to panting percussions and from hissing strings to creaking brass” (Max Yvetot, Marcel et Simone, June 2015) 

“This 30 year old young conductor on the rise is above all a free artist who blows a breath of fresh air on the world of classical and contemporary music” (Alain Cochard, A nous Paris, June 2016)

“We like this ensemble of musicians and their conductor for their cheek” (Christian Merlin, Figaro, June 2015)

“The Balcon ensemble, under the baton of Maxime Pascal, is itself a frenetic centipede, going from stroking harps to panting percussions and from hissing strings to creaking brass” (Max Yvetot, Marcel et Simone, June 2015) 

“This young artist revolutionises the French musical world” (L’Étudiant, March 2015)

Discography

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