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BiographyBrother of the dancer and choreographer Marion Levy, he is a graduate of the CNSM of Lyon (First Prize of Percussion) and Paris (Classes of Analysis and Direction of Orchestra) and was also the pupil of David Zinman within the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen (USA).

He was awarded the Musical Reveal of the Year Award by the Syndicate of Dramatic and Musical Critic and was, in 2008, laureate Young Talent - Conductor of the ADAMI1


He is the founder and music director of the Pelléas Chamber Orchestra, who performed several times at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam2, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Châtelet, the Opéra-Comique, the Cité de la music, the MC2-Grenoble as well as the Festivals of Feldkirch (Austria), Nomus (Serbia), Radio-France in Montpellier, Les Folles Journées de Nantes and Auvers-sur-Oise3,4.


After participating in a monographic CD devoted to Régis Campo5, he published in the summer of 2014 a first recording at Zig-Zag Territoires with the violinist Lorenzo Gatto6.


Assistant to Marc Minkowski (at the Paris Opera, the Salzburg Festival and the Amsterdam Opera), he was associate conductor of the Dutch Radio Orchestra from 2009 to 2011. He received twice a Diapason d'Or for his DVD recordings with Compagnie Les Brigands7.History




The Orchester National d'Île de France was founded in 1974 by Marcel Landowski to take over from the Orchester symphonique (or Philharmonic Orchestra) of Île de France founded by René-Pierre Chouteau.  


This orchestra is financed by the Île-de-France Regional Council and the Ministry of Culture. Its main mission is to disseminate symphonic art throughout the region and especially to new audiences.The orchestra, composed of ninety-five permanent musicians, gives each season a hundred concerts, thus offering the Ile-de-France a wide variety of programs over three centuries of music, from the great symphonic repertoire to contemporary music, from baroque to various music of our time (Lenin, Pink Martini, Craig Armstrong, Paolo Conte, Nosfell, Air or John Cale). The orchestra has also created a hundred contemporary pieces in the last fifteen years and in 2013 a competition of composition, Île de Créations.

The cultural action is in the orchestra a real laboratory that develops ambitious educational actions: workshops, meetings with artists, educational concerts and musical shows. These actions aim to give the taste and knowledge of the symphonic repertoire to the greatest number, while encouraging meetings with musicians and the discovery of live performances.


 The Orchestra produces numerous shows for young audiences: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Zazie in the metro, Ré-si-do-ré by Prince de Motordu ... The first time I was born, appeared in book-disc at Gallimard the Grand Prix and the heart of the Charles Cros Academy.


The Orchester National d'Île de France is a member of RESEO (European Network for Awareness of Opera and Dance) since 2013.At the beginning of the 20th century, Lyon did not have a permanent symphony orchestra despite some ephemeral attempts since 1860.In 1903, Georges Martin Witkowski, with the support of Charles Bordes, founded the Schola Cantorum in Lyon, whose first concert, on April 29, 1903, brought together 200 singers


. G.M. Witkowski will lead the Schola until 1923, then hand it over to his son Jean until his death in 1953, when he took the name of Schola Witkowski.After having created a choir, G.M. Witkowski deposited in January 1905 his plan to found the Société des Grand Concerts in Lyon, which would become the future national orchestra.

 He directed the first concert on 28 November 1905 with the program2 the Spanish symphony of Édouard Lalo and the violinist Eugène Ysaye as soloist.All that remained was to build a concert hall. This will be done on November 8, 1908 with the inauguration of the Salle Rameau, equipped behind a choir gallery and an organ built by Charles Mutin.


In December 1938, the Société des Grands Concerts merged with another musical society the Trigintuor and took the name of the Philharmonic Association. On the death of Georges Martin in 1943, his son, Jean Witkowski succeeded him at the head of the orchestra


. In 1953, the death of John ended 50 years of leadership of the Witkowski dynasty.After Witkowski
 
Ernst van Tiel with the ONL in 2015.Robert Proton of the Chapel (1894-1982) is an amateur musician. He assumed artistic direction and systematically appealed to guest conductors4. In October 1953, he created the journal Résonances, an organ of knowledge of the Arts and Letters in Lyon. In 1965, the ORTF suppressed the orchestra of Radio Lyonnaise. Proton de la Chapelle convinces the mayor Louis Pradel to integrate most of the music



With its seventy-five permanent musicians, it performed mainly in the departments of the Lorraine region, and mainly in Metz at the Arsenal and in the pit of the opera-theater. It is not uncommon to see the Lorraine National Orchestra performing beyond its home region at major French and German festivals.
In addition to the classical repertory, the Lorraine National Orchestra is particularly attached to any regional orchestra to enhance its regional heritage, notably its recordings of Louis Théodore Gouvy's Stabat Mater and Requiem, which were widely praised by the French musical critic.
The list of soloists invited by the orchestra over the years includes the names of José van Dam, Anne Queffélec, Augustin Dumay, Maria Bayo, Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Jacques Kantorow.
His current musical director and current conductor is Jacques Mercier (who served from 1982 to 2002 at the Ile-de-France National Orchestra), who succeeded Emmanuel Krivine as conductor of the orchestra, Jacques Houtmann and Jacques Lacombe.


The orchestra is intimately linked to the career of its founder, violinist and conductor Édouard Colonne. He was first violinist in the Paris Opera Orchestra, and was noticed by the music publisher Georges Hartmann, who immediately joined him at the head of the

 "National Concert" which he founded in March 1873 at the Théâtre de l 'Odéon with the stated purpose of making known to a large public the contemporary French composers. The first season had a triumphant success and marked the revival of symphonic music in France. But despite this undeniable success with the public, the catastrophic financial balance obliges Hartmann to give up.
On the strength of his personal success, Édouard Colonne created his own orchestra, the Artistic Association of Concerts Colonne which, from November 1873, moved to the Théâtre du Châtelet.


 The Concerts Colonne then served with passionate contemporary music of the time: they imposed many French musicians (Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Charpentier, Fauré, Indy, Debussy, Ravel, Widor, Dukas, Chabrier) repertoire Wagner and Richard Strauss, rediscover forgotten works such as the Damnation of Faust, which Hector Berlioz had created in 1846 at the Opéra-Comique.
The orchestra, which included young Pierre Monteux, invited the greatest soloists of the day (Sarasate, Pugno, Ysaÿe, etc.), and was one of the first to appeal to foreign conductors, such as Mottl or Weingartner. Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Grieg, Richard Strauss and Prokofiev came to direct their works there. 


 The Orchester Colonne can therefore boast of having welcomed the greatest conductors since its beginnings. In 1910, Gabriel Pierné succeeded Édouard Colonne. He is followed by Paul Paray (1932), Charles Münch (1956), Pierre Dervaux (1958), all presidents-conductors, both musical direction and administrative responsibility. Marcel Landowski, then Armin Jordan will preside over the fate of the Artistic Association of the Concerts Colonne, without however directing it


It is founded on November 30, 1918 by Ernest Ansermet who runs it until 1967. The OSR is governed by a foundation of private law.

The OSR gives concerts in Geneva in the hall of the Victoria Hall and in Lausanne at the Palais de Beaulieu, plays opera and ballet music for the Grand Théâtre de Genève and organizes regular tours in Europe, North America and in the Far East.

The OSR gives performances of musical works by many composers such as Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Heinz Holliger, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Darius Milhaud, Igor Stravinski, etc.

On 1 November 2016, Magali Rousseau assumed her duties as deputy head of the OSR1.


The Bayonne-Basque regional orchestra is a French orchestral ensemble, financed by the French Ministry of Culture, the General Council of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and the regional council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

It was founded on January 1, 19751. It enjoys numerous partnerships, especially the regional conservatory Maurice Ravel, whose teachers are also musicians of this orchestra, as well as the National Scene and many surrounding schools.

There are many artists and conductors, including conductors Frédéric Lodéon, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Marco Parisotto, Vincent Barthe, Philippe Forget, Benjamin Levy who is currently the first guest conductor, and soloists Anne Gastinel, Olivier Chauzu, François-Frédéric Guy, Jérôme Pernoo, David Grimal, Jean-François Heisser, Emmanuelle Bertrand and Philippe Quint.
 

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