Alexandre Bloch

Introduction

Admired for his enthusiasm and energy, Alexandre Bloch is Music Director of Orchestre National de Lille from the beginning of the 2016/17 season and Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. The French conductor came to international attention as winner of Donatella Flick’s LSO Conducting Competition in October 2012, after which he served as Assistant Conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra.

The 2016/17 season includes debuts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain and Brussels Philharmonic. Return visits include to Orchestre National de France, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct Donizetti’s 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.

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Schedule

BOZAR, BRUSSELS

SCHUMANN Manfred Overture
DVORAK Cello concerto in B minor
- Interval -
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto N°3
Arias:
P. Tchaikovski, Eugen Onegin (Lenski) « Kuda, kuda vï udalilis »

R. Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian) «Wie du warst»

K. Szymanovski, King Roger (Roxana) « Roxana’s Song »

C. Gounod, Roméo et Juliette (Roméo, Juliette) « Ange adorable »

H. Berlioz, Béatrice et Bénédict, (Béatrice, Bénédict) « Vous soupirez, madame ... Nuit paisible et sereine »

cello: Ella Van Poucke
piano: Georgi Tchaidze

Julia Szproch, soprano
Sarah Théry, mezzo-soprano
Fabien Hyon, tenor

Brussels Philharmonic

Espace Saint Exupéry, FRANCONVILLE

Bernstein : Candide ouverture
Barber : Concerto pour violon
entracte
Copland : Lincoln Portrait
Bernstein : West Side Story, danses symphoniques

Nemanja Radulovic, violon
Peter Coyote, récitant

Orchestre National d'Ile de France

CEC de Yerres, Yerres

Bernstein : Candide ouverture
Barber : Concerto pour violon
entracte
Copland : Lincoln Portrait
Bernstein : West Side Story, danses symphoniques

Nemanja Radulovic, violon
Peter Coyote, récitant

Orchestre National d'Ile de France

Philharmonie de Paris, PARIS

Bernstein : Candide ouverture
Barber : Concerto pour violon
entracte
Copland : Lincoln Portrait
Bernstein : West Side Story, danses symphoniques

Nemanja Radulovic, violon
Peter Coyote, récitant

Orchestre National d'Ile de France

Atrium Chaville, Chaville

Bernstein : Candide ouverture
Barber : Concerto pour violon
entracte
Copland : Lincoln Portrait
Bernstein : West Side Story, danses symphoniques

Nemanja Radulovic, violon
Peter Coyote, récitant

Orchestre National d'Ile de France

Salle Rustic, Montereau

Bernstein : Candide ouverture
Barber : Concerto pour violon
entracte
Copland : Lincoln Portrait
Bernstein : West Side Story, danses symphoniques

Nemanja Radulovic, violon
Peter Coyote, récitant

Orchestre National d'Ile de France

Deutsche Oper am Rhein - Düsseldorf-Duisburg, DUSSELDORF

DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore

Inszenierung: Joan Anton Rechi
Bühne: Alfons Flores
Kostüme: Sebastian Ellrich
Licht: Volker Weinhart
Chorleitung: Christoph Kurig
Dramaturgie: Bernhard F. Loges
Spielleitung: Philipp Westerbarkei

Adina: Luiza Fatyol
Nemorino: Georgi Vasiliev
Belcore: Laimonas Pautienius
Dulcamara: Brun Balmelli
Giannetta: Annika Kaschenz

Chor: Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
Orchester: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

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Orchestre National de Lille, Music Director

In 2016 Alexandre Bloch was announced as Music Director of Orchestre National de Lille, taking up his post at the beginning of the 2016-17 season.


Alexandre commented: "I am so thrilled and honoured to become the new Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lille, starting next September. It is a privilege for me to have the chance to work closely with the musicians of this orchestra, and I am very much looking forward to all the musical, cultural and social projects we will accomplish together in Lille and its region."

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Düsseldorf Symphoniker, Principal Guest Conductor

In February 2015 Alexandre was announced as Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker from 15/16 season for an initial term of three years. He works alongside celebrated Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer who was appointed Chief Conductor.

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Press

*Debut* Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Adelaide Festival Theatre

'In tonight’s programme he excelled in eliciting the gentle and mellifluous melody lines that were a feature of all three works.'

'The Enchanted Lake, Anatoly Liadov’s gorgeous ‘tone painting’, was beautifully conducted and Bloch and the ASO gently lifted the weight of worldly cares from the audience’s shoulders.'

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique - 'The symphony is celebrated for its agonizing poignancy and harsh climaxes and Bloch ensured that all sections of the orchestra gave their all without resorting to self-indulgence. The whole thing was beautifully controlled.'
Kym Clayton, 04 June, The Barefoot Review

Stravinsky

Dumbarton Oaks

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

'Stravinsky’s wit, rhythmic crispness and neo-classical elegance were almost a given, all present and correct – there was a joyful bounce to Bloch’s direction that drew some immaculately crisp playing from the SCO musicians, particularly the winds on especially splendid form. 

But there was also a richness and a gentle smoothing of Stravinsky’s hard edges that made Bloch’s account feel especially generous, as if together he and the musicians were delving deep to discover the music behind the notes. He came up with a persuasive solution for playing Stravinsky’s reimagining of Bach in the long-limbed slow movement, too, with forthright, heavily phrased, non-vibrato strings adding a distinctive period touch. Very clever.'
David Kettle, The Arts Desk 17 April 2016

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Debut

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

'After a slow start to the season, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra reached its stride. Thanks to the thrilling music-making of Alexandre Bloch, the French wunderkind of the conducting world, the diverse programme of Messiaen, Haydn, and Schubert showed off the orchestra at its very best' 

'Bloch retained admirable control over the orchestra through the three contrasting parts of the work, beautifully contrasting the profound meditation of the outer sections with the nightmarish, almost hysterical middle portion.'

'(...) it was Alexandre Bloch’s masterful storytelling that will make this concert an experience to remember.'
Par Kevin W Ng, Bachtrack 09 October 2015

Beethoven 2nd Symphony

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Sage Gateshead

"How refreshing to see Bloch having such fun; every conductorial twist, lurch and twink reflected in orchestral playing which oozed style and character." theartsdesk.com, Graham Rickson, 21 February 14

Donatella Flick

Conducting Final

Barbican

Bloch had the essence of this music at his fingertips, as he most assuredly also had of the ‘Play of the Waves’ middle movement from Debussy’s La mer, in which, as a Frenchman, he was on home ground, so to speak, but his direction and – indeed – interpretation of his compatriot’s masterpiece was head and shoulders above those of his competitors. Robert Matthew-Walker