Franck Ollu is a very versatile conductor and is widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary and French music. He has a long-established association with Ensemble Modern and is much in demand as an opera conductor. 2013/14 season sees many return visits for Mr Ollu: Opera de Lille for Cunning Little Vixen, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for a revival of his 2013 début Le vin herbé by Frank Martin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with a Minimalist programme and Le Sacre de Printemps & L’apres-midi d’un Faune at La Monnaie.
Operas next season include a new co-production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz for Stuttgart Opera and La Monnaie, Francesconi’s Quartetto for his début with Malmo Opera and concert performances of Pelléas et Mélisande in Perm, Russia. Concerts include his débuts with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin and concerts with Ensemble Modern at Festival Aix-en-Provence and Cité de la Musique.
Future seasons see further performances of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Opera de Sao Paulo, Brazil and Pascal Dusapin’s Penthesilea at Opera du Rhin.
Last season saw several important débuts: Netherlands Opera and Theatre Capitole de Toulouse for performances of George Benjamin's highly-acclaimed new opera Written on Skin. Long associated with the music of Heiner Goebbels, he gave six performances of Landschaft mit entfernen Verwanten with Ensemble Modern at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt.
2011/12 included a return to Festival Aix-en-Provence for the world premiere of Thanks to My Eyes, a new commission by Oscar Bianchi. In 2012 he made his debut at La Monnaie, Brussels, with this production and was immediately re-invited to perform his previous Aix-en-Provence premiere, Pascal Dusapin's Passion (2008).
Mr Ollu conducted the world premiere of George Benjamin's first opera Into the Little Hill at Opera de Bastille in 2006 with many subsequent performances with the London Sinfonietta at Aldeburgh Festival, The Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, and with Ensemble Modern at Lincoln Centre and major festivals in Amsterdam, Vienna, Dresden and Frankfurt. He has given many performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen including the Salzburg Festival with Ensemble Modern.
Other recent opera work includes The Rake’s Progress at Théâtre de l’Athénée, Paris, Xenakis’ The Oresteia and Dusapin's Medea at the Polish National Opera and several revivals of Dusapin’s Passion including Le Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and Opera de Lille. Mr Ollu conducted a new opera by Helmut Oehring “Die Wunde Heine” which he toured with Ensemble Modern to leading European festivals including the MusikTriennale Köln, and concerts with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Franck Ollu is a committed teacher and mentor and has ongoing relationships with London's Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie.
Franck Ollu was born in La Rochelle, France and studied music in Paris.