Maxime Pascal
Conductor

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

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Ariane Levy-Künstler +44 (0)20 3725 9138
Alexandra Aimard +44 (0)20 3725 9139

Biography

Music Director: Le Balcon

 

One of the most exciting, versatile and visionary artists of his generation, Maxime Pascal became the first Frenchman to win the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in March 2014. This tremendous success led him to prominent French orchestras, such as Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Orchestre National de Lille, as well as the Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Ensemble Musikfabrik. 

Beyond his work with Le Balcon, in recent seasons Maxime Pascal has conducted Camerata Salzburg at Dialogue Festival, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Bunka Kaikan residency with the Ballet of Opéra de Paris (Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé), Orchestra Giovanile Italiana at Spoleto Festival (world premiere of Silvia Colasanti’sRequiem) and ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester Wien at Salzburger Festspiele (Les Espaces Acoustiques by Gérard Grisey). 

Music Director: Le Balcon

 

One of the most exciting, versatile and visionary artists of his generation, Maxime Pascal became the first Frenchman to win the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in March 2014. This tremendous success led him to prominent French orchestras, such as Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Orchestre National de Lille, as well as the Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Ensemble Musikfabrik. 

Beyond his work with Le Balcon, in recent seasons Maxime Pascal has conducted Camerata Salzburg at Dialogue Festival, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Bunka Kaikan residency with the Ballet of Opéra de Paris (Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé), Orchestra Giovanile Italiana at Spoleto Festival (world premiere of Silvia Colasanti’sRequiem) and ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester Wien at Salzburger Festspiele (Les Espaces Acoustiques by Gérard Grisey). 

2017/18 sees Maxime’s debuts at Teatro alla Scala and Berliner Staatsoper where he leads the production of a new opera by Salvatore Sciarrino. Maxime also returns to the Opéra national de Paris – first for a ballet production featuring Ravel’s masterworks (Boléro and Daphnis et Chloé) and choreographies by Maurice Béjart and Benjamin Millepied, and later to embarque on his first opera production featuring a double bill of L'heure espagnole and Gianni Schicchi. Other highlights include concert programmes with Opera di Roma, Malmö Opera and Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento. Projects with Le Balcon include Stockhausen’s “Michael’s Reise um die Erde” from Donnerstag aus Licht at Opéra Comique (in anticipation of a fully staged production in autumn 2018), Garras de Oro, a film concert featuring music by Juan Pablo Carreño and video design/staging by Nieto, revivals of Pierre Henry’ new version of Dracula, Symphonie Fantastique at the Opéra de Lille as well as a series of chamber music concerts in collaboration with Michaël Lévinas. 

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Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Ariane Levy-Künstler +44 (0)20 3725 9138
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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