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