Alexandre Bloch, Music Director
Driven by his communicative energy and enthusiasm, Alexandre Bloch became Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lille in September 2016. He has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker since September 2015. After winning the Donatella Flick International Competition in London in October 2012, he was assistant conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra until 2014. In October 2012, he replaced Mariss Jansons at short notice at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, for three brilliant concerts that launched his career both in France and internationally. He subsequently returned to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
In 2012, he was awarded the Sir John Zochonis Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Alexandre Bloch has been noticed by leading conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2012 and 2013 he took part in the Tanglewood Music Center Festival (USA). He was awarded a grant from the Tarrazi Foundation and the SYLFF Tokyo Foundation (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund). Alexandre Bloch was named "Talent ADAMI Conductor 2012".
In recent years, he has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Brussels Philharmonic. He also conducted a production of Donizett i, l'Elisir d'amore at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and a concert version of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de perles with the Orchestre National de Lille, which was recorded by Pentatone. He has also been invited back to the Orchestre National de France, the Scott ish Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the London Symphony Orchestra on a tour of Kuwait. In May 2019 he returned to the Opéra de Lyon to conduct the French premiere of George Benjamin's opera Lesson and Violence. Most recently - in July 2018 - he conducted an original version of Carmen at the ONL's new event: les Nuits d'été.
On the recording front, with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon and clarinettist Paul Meyer, he has recorded works by Thierry Escaich for the Sony label and has received numerous awards (Choc Classica, Diapason d'Or). One of his first recording as conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille was particularly noticed by the public and distinguished by the critics: Les Pêcheurs de perles by Bizet for Pentatone, which was unanimously rewarded by the music press (Grammophon Magazine, Le Monde, Télérama, Opéra Magazine, Diapason, Classica, France Musique, Res Musica, Classiquenews...).
More recently and for the Alpha label, his Chausson CD with the soprano Véronique Gens was warmly received both nationally and internationally, as was his Ravel/Attahir CD.
His 7th Symphony by Mahler will be released in September 2020, again with the musicians of the Orchestre National de Lille. From January 2019 to January 2020, Alexandre Bloch and the Orchestre National de Lille performed the complete 9 symphonies of Mahler in Lille, the Hauts-de-France region and Paris. Born in 1985, Alexandre Bloch began his musical studies in cello, harmony and conducting at the conservatories of Tours, Orléans and Lille. He then studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the writing and conducting classes, where he obtained his Master's degree in the class of Zsolt Nagy.