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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. Boulez protégé, he excels in contemporary repertoire, equally establishing himself in mainstream symphonic repertoire and in opera. Recent highlights include appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserlautern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Resonanz and Aarhus Symphony, as well as future collaborations with Ensemble intercontemporain, SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Lavoie made his debut with Opéra National de Lyon in 2013 and conducts a new commissioned work at Opéra National de Bordeaux in 2014.
09 Apr 2014
Jean-Michaël Lavoie conducts the world-premiere of a new commission: La Lettre des Sables by Christian Lauba at the Opéra National de Bordeaux on April 25th, 27th, 29th and 30th. The...
31 Mar 2014
Jean-Michaël Lavoie makes his debut with the renowned SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra on April 3rd, at the Franziskaner Konzerthaus, conducting Brahms' Variations on a Theme by...
22 Jan 2014
Jean Michaël Lavoie made his debut with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern on...
30 Sep 2013
Jean-Michaël Lavoie launched his 2013-2014 season with return appearance with the highly renowned Klangforum Wien following his...
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...
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
Assistant Conductor of Ensemble intercontemporain from 2008-2010, he frequently worked in association with Pierre Boulez, including the Lucerne Festival Academy. This collaboration lead to a series of contemporary music projects and an ongoing relationship with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Resonanz and with Israel Contemporary Players. In 2010 he returned to Ensemble intercontemporain to conduct the French premiere of Matalon’s reworked score to accompany the Fritz Lang movie Metropolis.
In 2011 Jean-Michaël Lavoie made his debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan conducting together with Susanna Mälkki the world première of Luca Francesconi’s Quartett. He also collaborated on a revival of this same work at the Wiener Festwochen in 2012. Past highlights include an ongoing relationship with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, recording for the radio series Alla Breve on France Musique, and a residency at the Los Angeles Philharmonic (as a 2010 Dudamel Conducting Fellow) making his Walt Disney Hall debut in the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella contemporary main series. Jean-Michaël made his symphonic debuts with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Toronto Symphony and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and guest conducted at the Berliner Festspiele (Berlin Philharmonie) and at Salzburg Biennale. In the 13/14 season Jean-Michaël makes his debut with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Aarhus Symphony and Edmonton Symphony.
Last 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.
Next season Jean-Michaël Lavoie makes his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg at the Festival Musica, and returns for further projects with Ensemble intercontemporain, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.