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Co-Artistic Director, Ensemble Multilatérale (Paris)
An outstanding conductor and exceptional musician, french-canadian Jean-Michaël Lavoie is building an enviable reputation in Europe as well as in the US and Canada. He excels in contemporary repertoire (Boulez protégé), but is also rapidly establishing himself in mainstream repertoire and in opera. Current highlights include appearances with NAC Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto Symphony orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as collaborations with Ensemble intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien and Ensemble Modern. Opera in 2012/13 sees his debuts with both Opéra National de Lyon and Opéra de Rouen.
24 Apr 2013
Jean-Michaël makes his debut next week on May 4th with the renowned Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Musica. Lavoie conducts Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring currently in its...
21 Mar 2013
On March 2nd Jean-Michael Lavoie made his Salzburg debut at the Salzburg Biennale with Hamburg-based Ensemble Resonanz. Recorded by the ORF, the Austrian National Radio, the programme included...
10 Mar 2013
On March 9th Jean-Michaël Lavoie made his German debut with the renowned Ensmble Modern in Dessau. As part of the Kurt Weill Festival in Deassau Lavoie and Ensemble Modern perform the 2010...
03 Dec 2012
On 7, 8 and 9 December 2012 Jean-Michaël Lavoie conducts the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne in the world premiere of Olivier Mellano's fascinating work How We Tried a New Combination of… to...
26 Nov 2012
Jean-Michaël Lavoie makes his debut with Opera National de Lyon this week, conducting Viktor Ullman’s astonishing one-act opera Der...
14 Sep 2012
Jean-Michaël Lavoie launched his 2012-2013 season debuting with the renown Klangforum Wien in September, at two Austrian...
09 Mar 2012
This month Jean-Michael continues his exploration of Canada's major orchestras with a return visit to Quebec Symphony Orchestra, conducting two different programmes. The first, part of the...
09 Feb 2012
Jean-Michaël Lavoie continues his series of appearances with major Canadian orchestras — on February 7, 2012 he conducts the ...
15 Dec 2011
Following on from successful concerts with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal last month, Jean-Michaël Lavoie celebrates the end of the year with the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra. This debut...
17 Nov 2011
Jean-Michaël Lavoie conducts Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in five performances of ‘The Little Prince’ based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s...
Le Dauphine - Nov 2012
Neues Volksbaltt: Klangforum Wien at Brucknerhaus, Linz - Sep 2012
Nchrichten.at: Klangforum Wien at Brucknerhaus, Linz - Sep 2012
Le Populaire du Centre: Orchestre de Limoges et du Limousin at Festival des Francophonies en Limousin 2011 - Sep 2011
Seen and Heard International: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2011 - Sep 2011
Ottawa Citizen - Jul 2011
Le Droit - Jul 2011
MusicalCriticism.com Interview - May 2011
Los Angeles Times - Nov 2010
Le Télégramme - Jun 2010
Jean-Michaël Lavoie is an outstanding young French-Canadian conductor who in recent seasons established an international reputation both in Europe and in North America. A rigorous musician, he quickly gains the confidence of other musicians with his clear ideas and communicative direction. Co-Artistic Director of renowned contemporary group Ensemble Multilatérale (Paris), he also enjoys an ongoing relationship with vocal ensemble Accentus.
Recent and future highlights include debuts with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Resonanz, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre d'Auvergne , Israel Contemporary Players, Orchestre Métropolitain, Montréal and National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa. In the 13/14 season Jean-Michael will make his debut with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
Jean-Michaël enjoyed return engagements with Orchestre de Bretagne and Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. In the contemporary field appearances included a return to Ensemble intercontemporain (conducting the French premiere of Matalon’s reworked score to accompany the Fritz Lang movie Metropolis), as well as concerts with the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble and his debut with the Israel Contemporary Players. Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Intercontemporian from 2008-2010 he worked in association with Pierre Boulez with whom he continues to enjoy a regular association – and who also appointed him First Assistant Conductor at the 2010 Lucerne Festival Academy. Further return invitations include Edmonton Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Ensemble Resonanz.
In 2011 Jean-Michaël Lavoie made his debut with Opéra de Rennes and at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, in a collaboration on the world première of an opera by Luca Francesconi – Quartett, and he also collaborated on a revival of this same work at the Wiener Festwochen in 2011/12.
This season he made his debut with L’Opéra de Lyon, conducting Der Kaiser von Atlantis in Valence and in Lyon. Further operatic plans include the world première of a new work by Christian Lauba La Lettre des Sables with Opéra National de Bordeaux.