Jean-Michaël Lavoie

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, Edmonton Symphony, SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg, Aarhus Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg as well as ongoing collaborations with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Resonanz and with Ensemble intercontemporain. Lavoie made his debut with Opéra National de Lyon conducting Kaiser von Atlantis and with Opéra National de Bordeaux with a new commissioned work by Christian Lauba.



Jean-Michaël Lavoie conducts Ensemble Resonanz

13 Nov 2015

Jean-Michaël Lavoie conducts Ensemble Resonanz in performances of Claude Vivier 'Enlightened Child', choreographed by Natalia Horecna. The production, an on-stage interaction...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie debuts with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra

08 Apr 2015

Jean-Michaël Lavoie makes his debut with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra on April 12th conducting a programme of works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann and 20th century...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie works with Los Angeles Philharmonic on Alice in Wonderland

18 Feb 2015

Jean-Michaël Lavoie is currently working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Los Angeles Opera on a new and exuberant production of Unsuk Chin's opera, Alice in Wonderland. Jean-...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie debuts with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

29 Oct 2014

Jean-Michaël Lavoie will make his debut with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in a programme of works by Martinú, Brousek, Barber and Prokofiev on November 10th in the beautiful...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie returns to conduct Ensemble intercontemporain

29 Sep 2014

Jean-Michaël Lavoie returns to conduct Ensemble intercontemporain in October, at the 58th Festival Internationale di musica contemporanea, part of the 2014 Venice Biennale. The programme of...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie débuts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg at the Festival Musica

12 Sep 2014

Jean-Michaël Lavoie makes his début with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg at the Festival Musica later this month, with soloist Pierre Etcheverry. The programme includes:


Jean-Michaël Lavoie debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

28 May 2014

Jean-Michaël Lavoie makes his conducting début with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg on June 4th. The varied programme includes Paganini's Sonata per la Grand' Viola and Elgar's cello...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie conducts world-premiere of new commission

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...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie debuts with SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra

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...

Jean-Michaël Lavoie debuts with Kaiserslautern, Aarhus and Edmonton

22 Jan 2014

Jean Michaël Lavoie made his debut with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern on...

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“If it were slightly shortened, it would be good to take ‘Lettre des sables’ on tour, above all so that conductor, Jean-Michaël Lavoie, who has sensitively rehearsed the music of Lauba, could make it internationally known.  ”

Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse - Apr 2014

“The young Canadian conductor Jean-Michaël Lavoie directs with energy and precision the twenty-two musicians from the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, together with the excellent pianist Thomas Besnard … and the saxophonist Richard Ducros…..   ”

Michel Le Naour, - Apr 2014

“Energetically directed with both intelligence and imagination by the young Canadian conductor, Jean-Michaël Lavoie, a small orchestra comprising 22 soloists from the Orchestre national Bordeaux-Aquitaine.....achieved inflections which were as vivid and nuanced as those of a large symphony orchestra.  ”

Patrick Szernovicz, Diapason - Apr 2014

“It is clear that this opera- the first ever to be staged at the Comédie de Valence - is a resounding success. The production at the same time preserves a certain soberness, whilst also introducing modern elements, and the orchestra - conducted with the hand of a maestro by Jean-Michaël Lavoie - becomes an integral part of the staging.”

Le Dauphine - Nov 2012

“Jean-Michael Lavoie conducted this work [Klaus Lang’s Der dünne Wal“ für Oboe und Ensemble (2011)] with clear sign-language and communicative gestures (learned from french veteran Boulez), allowing the line and structure of the work to come through.”

Neues Volksbaltt: Klangforum Wien at Brucknerhaus, Linz - Sep 2012

“After the break, we heard Georg Friedrich Haas's acoustic analysis of the Kosovo war for percussion and ensemble "Who, if I cried out, would hear ..." ...Jean-Michaël Lavoie led this great ensemble [Klangforum Wien] to emphatic musical depths.”” Klangforum Wien at Brucknerhaus, Linz - Sep 2012

“French-Canadian conductor Jean-Michaël Lavoie brought luminosity and transparency to this music [Nina Rota Concerto for Strings], full of sublime melodies and with strong emotional resonances.  His interpretation was clear, lucid and light-footed.  He approached Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in the same spirit,  and brought Mozart’s musical language to life with elegance and refinement; it was a wonderfully detailed account that neglected no detail in the score”

Le Populaire du Centre: Orchestre de Limoges et du Limousin at Festival des Francophonies en Limousin 2011 - Sep 2011

“conductor Jean-Michaël Lavoie ensured an attractive balance between soloist and orchestra and some well judged tempi. The rhapsodic second piece was beautifully articulated, just enough acid sharpening its sweetness and the dialogue between saxophone and strings in the brief final piece was wittily handled.”

Seen and Heard International: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2011 - Sep 2011

“The National Arts Center Orchestra has quite a presence in Dominion-Chalmers compared to in Southam Hall and their playing really sounded like Mozart; the Posthorn Serenade, played later in instalments, was outstanding. Lavoie and the orchestra concluded the program with the ballet music from Idomeneo, the playing made it entirely lovely and a fine closing for the concert.”

Ottawa Citizen - Jul 2011

“The beginning of the festival was marked by the discovery of a young French-canadian conductor, Jean-Michaël Lavoie. He conducts with great precision and agility and has a natural sense of rhythm; indeed a wonderful sense of rhythmic continuity. His nimble baton technique never interferes with the music, but rather creates a space in which the instruments of the orchestra can flourish and the music can blossom. The music flows naturally and comes alive. This intelligent and musical objectivity will no doubt enable the development of his own musical trademark and style.”

Le Droit - Jul 2011

“I am fascinated by the fluidity, the timbre, colour and clarity of composers of French composers going back to Berlioz.” Interview - May 2011

“Jean-Michaël Lavoie, a young French Canadian conductor who is a 2010 Dudamel Conducting Fellow, led the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group with precision, conviction and a tactile electricity.  ”

Los Angeles Times - Nov 2010

“A beautifully intoxicating evening under the baton of super-talented Jean-Michaël Lavoie”

Le Télégramme - Jun 2010

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Jean-Michaël Lavoie is an outstanding young French-Canadian conductor who in recent seasons established an international reputation both in Europe and 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 the Israel Contemporary Players. He made his American debut in 2010 with a residency at the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow, making his Walt Disney Hall debut in the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella contemporary main series.

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 and he collaborated on a revival of this same work at the Wiener Festwochen a year later. Recent highlights include recording with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for the radio series Alla Breve on France Musique, an operatic debut with l’Opéra de Lyon, conducting Der Kaiser von Atlantis in Valence and in Lyon, and conducting the world première of a new work by Christian Lauba, La Lettre des Sables, with l'Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Jean-Michaël guest conducted at the Berliner Festspiele, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Salzburg Biennale. and his symphonic engagements include concerts with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Aarhus Symphony and Edmonton Symphony.

Last season he made his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg at the Festival Musica, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble MusikFabrik and Victoria Symphony Orchestra, he returned for further projects with Hamburg-based Ensemble Resonanz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and conducted Ensemble intercontemporain at the Venice Biennale.

Future engagements include a return to Germany for the final part of a tour based on the work of Canadian composer Claude Vivier, with Ensemble Resonanz, Bundesjugendballett and choreographer Natalia Horecna, followed by debuts with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Deutsche Oper am Rhein and a Bowie/Glass project in France with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. 








March 2016