Conductors

Louis Langrée

Music Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Music Director, Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center, New York)

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Introduction

Louis Langrée has been Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York since 2002 and of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Recent highlights with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra have included a concert in New York and tours to Asia and Europe, the latter including appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms (London) and La Seine Musicale (Paris).

Guest conducting projects over the next two seasons include Louis’ debut with the Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra and return engagements with the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Wiener Symphoniker and Orchestre des Champs-Elysées. With the Orchestre National de France he recently conducted Debussy’s opera and Schoenberg’s tone poem based on Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande. He will also return to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Wiener Staatsoper and Opéra Comique in Paris.

Louis’ collaborations have included the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Orchestre de Paris, Freiburg Baroque, Budapest Festival and NHK Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted at La Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Dresden Staatsoper.

He has held positions as Music Director of the Orchestre de Picardie and Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and was Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg. Louis was also Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon and Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

Louis’ recordings with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra feature Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait (narrated by Dr Maya Angelou) and world premieres by Currier, Escaich, Lang, Muhly and Tian. He was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2006 and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2014.


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Performance Schedule

  • 19:30 24 Jul 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major K453
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Adagio and Rondo K. 617
    GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris

    Piano: Emanuel Ax
    Glass harmonica: Friedrich Heinrich Kern
    Glass harmonica: Philipp Marguerre
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30 25 Jul 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major K453
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Adagio and Rondo K. 617
    GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris

    Piano: Emanuel Ax
    Glass harmonica: Friedrich Heinrich Kern
    Glass harmonica: Philipp Marguerre
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30 31 Jul 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    JOHN ADAMS Tromba lontana
    MAX BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73

    Violin: Joshua Bell
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30 01 Aug 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    JOHN ADAMS Tromba lontana
    MAX BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73

    Violin: Joshua Bell
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30 07 Aug 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    JOHN ADAMS ‘The Chairman Dances’ from Nixon in China
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K. 216
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C major Op. 21

    Violin: Daniel Lozakovitj
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30 08 Aug 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    JOHN ADAMS ‘The Chairman Dances’ from Nixon in China
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K. 216
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C major Op. 21

    Violin: Daniel Lozakovitj
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30 10 Aug 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Meistermusik ‘Replevit me amaritudinibus’
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K467
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Requiem Mass No. 19 in D minor K. 626

    Piano: Stephen Hough
    Soprano: Jodie Devos
    Mezzo-Soprano: Jennifer Johnson Cano
    Tenor: Andrew Stenson
    Barr-Baritone: Ryan Speedo Green
    Choir: Concert Chorale of New York
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30 11 Aug 2018 David Geffen Hall, NEW YORK More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Meistermusik ‘Replevit me amaritudinibus’
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K467
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Requiem Mass No. 19 in D minor K. 626

    Piano: Stephen Hough
    Soprano: Jodie Devos
    Mezzo-Soprano: Jennifer Johnson Cano
    Tenor: Andrew Stenson
    Bass-Baritone: Ryan Speedo Green
    Choir: Concert Chorale of New York
    Orchestra: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

  • 20:00 22 Sep 2018 Music Hall Cincinnati, USA More info  

    PAUL DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane
    GUILLAUME CONNESSON Flammenschrift
    GABRIEL FAURÉ Pavane
    GABRIEL FAURÉ Sicilienne from Pelleas et Melisande
    MAURICE RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

    Conductor: Louis Langrée
    Harp: Gillian Benet Sella
    Oboe d’amore: Dwight Parry
    Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony

  • 20:00 28 Sep 2018 Music Hall Cincinnati, USA More info  

    IGOR STRAVINSKY Fireworks/Feu d’artifice
    JEAN SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    Interval
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du Printemps

    Conductor: Louis Langrée
    Violin: Joshua Bell
    Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony

  • 20:00 29 Sep 2018 Music Hall Cincinnati, USA More info  

    IGOR STRAVINSKY Fireworks/Feu d’artifice
    JEAN SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    Interval
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du Printemps

    Conductor: Louis Langrée
    Violin: Joshua Bell
    Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony

  • 07:00 05 Oct 2018 Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

    Onegin: Alexey Markov
    Lenski: Dmitry Korchak
    Tatjana: Olga Bezsmertna 
    Maximova: Olga Elena
    Gremin: Ferruccio Furlanetto

  • 07:00 07 Oct 2018 Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

    Onegin: Alexey Markov
    Lenski: Dmitry Korchak
    Tatjana: Olga Bezsmertna 
    Maximova: Olga Elena
    Gremin: Ferruccio Furlanetto

  • 07:00 10 Oct 2018 Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

    Onegin: Alexey Markov
    Lenski: Dmitry Korchak
    Tatjana: Olga Bezsmertna 
    Maximova: Olga Elena
    Gremin: Ferruccio Furlanetto

  • 07:00 13 Oct 2018 Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

    Onegin: Alexey Markov
    Lenski: Dmitry Korchak
    Tatjana: Olga Bezsmertna 
    Maximova: Olga Elena
    Gremin: Ferruccio Furlanetto

  • 20:00 20 Oct 2018 Music Hall Cincinnati, USA More info  

    GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Suite ‘Don Quixote’ TWV55:G10
    CHRISTIAN COLBERG Viola Concerto
    Interval
    RICHARD STRAUSS Don Quixote

    Viola: Christian Colberg
    Cello: Ilya Finkelshteyn
    Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony

  • 14:00 21 Oct 2018 Music Hall Cincinnati, USA More info  

    GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Suite ‘Don Quixote’ TWV55:G10
    CHRISTIAN COLBERG Viola Concerto
    Interval
    RICHARD STRAUSS Don Quixote

    Viola: Christian Colberg
    Cello: Ilya Finkelshteyn
    Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony

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Discography

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    Concertos for Orchestra

    Label: Fanfare Cincinnati

    Release Date: 17 Nov 16

    ZHOU TIAN Concerto for Orchestra
    THIERRY ESCAICH Psalmos, sinfonia concertante pour orchestre
    SEBASTIAN CURRIER FLEX

    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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    Hallowed Ground

    Label: Fanfare Cincinnati

    Release Date: 09 Sep 14

    AARON COPLAND Lincoln Portrait narrated by Dr Maya Angelou
    DAVID LANG mountain
    NICO MUHLY Pleasure Ground

    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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    VERDI La Traviata

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 18 Dec 12

    London Symphony Orchestra

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    MOZART

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 04 Nov 09

    Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 3
    Sinfonia Concertante

    Violin: Renaud Capuçon
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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    MOZART Mass in C minor

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 13 Sep 06

    Le Concert d’Astrée

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    MOZART Opera and Concert Arias

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 07 Jun 05

    Soprano: Elina Garanča
    Camerata Salzburg

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    BERLIOZ

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 07 Jan 02

    Les nuits d’été; La mort de Cléopâtre

    Soprano: Véronique Gens
    Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon

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    MOZART Heroines

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 16 Jan 01

    Soprano: Natalie Dessay

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    15 Apr 18 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “There was freshness and spontaneity to Langrée’s conducting as he led the symphony from memory. The slow movement, one of Beethoven’s most sublime, was clear and flowing, enhanced by heartfelt contributions from principal clarinetist Ralph Skiano.”

    Janelle Gelfand, Bizjournals.com, 15 April 2018

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    23 Mar 18 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “The listener was instantly drawn into this late-romantic, lush sound world … Langrée tempos were unhurried, and he brought great feeling to the performance. The arc of the piece  [Strauss Metamorphosen] was seamless as the conductor led from its sombre opening in the low strings to a majestic peak and back again”

    Janelle Gelfand, Bizjournals.com, 24 March 2018

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    20 Dec 17 Le Comte Ory Opéra Comique

    “Louis Langrée directs his first Rossini as a master builder, guaranteeing cohesion; a perfect synthesis of flexibility and stability. The result is disciplined, but without effecting the momentum of the music.”

    Christian Merlin, Le Figaro, 20 December 2017

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    27 Aug 17 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/European Tour
    Edinburgh/London

    “With Brahms’s First Symphony No. 1, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra revealed the subtlety they are capable of. Under Langrée, small swells in volume were superbly controlled, and during quiet sections, the conductor maintained the underlying energy.”

    4 stars, Hazel Rowland, The Herald, 26 August 2017

    “This was the orchestra’s Proms debut. This touring programme showed us what we have been missing. There’s that almost inordinate precision and sparkle, best experienced in its encore, Bernstein’s Candide overture; and an intense clarity of colour and line, so telling in the early stages of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. And how about the sonic ballast, partly fuelled by the muscular buzz of double basses, placed on risers, facing the front?

    Yet Langrée’s band is no brash machine. The orchestra can play with genuine warmth and easily conjure up Old World charm. Consider the waltz movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, so winningly steered and accented…This is one powerfully equipped orchestra…Please, come back soon.”

    4 stars, Geoff Brown, The Times, 29 August 2017

    “The concert in London was a triumph; from the brass and percussion who played brilliantly, yet without aggression in the Bernstein and Copland, to the expressive string playing in the Tchaikovsky.”

    Christian Merlin, Le Figaro, 3 September 2017

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    25 Jul 17 Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
    Mostly Mozart Festival

    “Then Mr. Langrée conducted a spirited performance of the first movement of the “Haffner” Symphony. He drew crisp, buoyant playing from the orchestra in all four movements.” New York Times, 26th July 2017

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    18 Nov 16 Concertos for Orchestra CD Release Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

    “the playing here is outstanding, the trickier corners of the three new works heard on this disc negotiated with a swagger which never descends into slickness … it’s the quality of the performances which make each work convince, Langrée demonstrating a very French ear for orchestral colour. Superb sound, too.”
    Grahmam Rickson, The Arts Desk, 4 Feb 2017

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    05 Jan 17 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “Webern’s “Passacaglia,” Op. 1 … surprised listeners who only know the composer’s 12-tone output …. Langrée brought inventive character to each of its variations and swept up his forces in its majestic peaks!”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 6th January 2017

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    03 Nov 16 The Philadelphia Orchestra

    “Langrée delivered a rugged antiethereal first movement [Brahms Symphony No. 2]; a brisk, crisp third movement; and a blazing, exuberant final movement — though always with close attention to how orchestration creates well-defined coloristic shifts. He encouraged a saturated string sound that was so echt-Philadelphia he seemed to channel Eugene Ormandy.

    Langrée has emerged as a major personality in recent years, so it’s no wonder that he was able to persuade the Philadelphia Orchestra to go his way so completely.”

    David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Enquirer, 4th November 2016

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    01 Oct 16 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “In the program’s first half, Langrée perfectly caught the languid, sensuous mood of Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” (again featuring Bowman as flute soloist). The hallmarks of Debussy’s “Nocturnes” included transparency and subtlety of expression. The musicians played superbly.”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 1st October 2016

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    21 Sep 16 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    ” … nothing short of electrifying …. Langrée led a nuanced performance [of Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3] and also managed to elicit expressive color from the players … The most ravishing moment came in the lovely “Poco Adagio,” warmly underscored by organ. The orchestra’s ensemble was clear and precise, and finale’s majestic, brass-filled build-up was a thrilling conclusion to the program.”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 22nd September 2016

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    08 Sep 16 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “The brass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra burst upon the finale of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 with electrifying power. It was the summit of a gripping performance led by Louis Langrée to open the orchestra’s season”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 9th September 2016

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    19 Aug 16 Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
    Mostly Mozart Festival

    ★★★★ “Langrée drew spirited … responses from his resident orchestra …. In all, a good night at Geffen Hall.”
    Martin Bernheimer, The Financial Times, 22nd August 2016

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    29 Jul 16 Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
    Mostly Mozart Festival

    “This orchestral program, heard in the second of three performances, on Friday, was a gem in its simplicity and symmetry …. Mr. Langrée and the orchestra rendered [the works] in fine fashion”
    James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, 31st July 2016

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    30 Jun 16 Cosi Fan Tutte Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
    Aix-en-Provence Festival

    “… the Freiburg ensemble played with crisp, light energy under Mr. Langrée”
    Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, 1st July 2016

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    06 May 16 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “Louis Langrée’s program featuring Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and a world premiere by Chinese-born composer Zhou Tian was nothing but celebratory. It was a splendid send-off before the orchestra decamps to a temporary home at the Taft Theatre. Both performances were inspired, and listeners were on their feet  twice, with enthusiastic and lengthy ovations.”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 14 May 2016

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    11 Mar 16 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “Langrée is the 13th music director to put his personal stamp on Brahms’ Second Symphony in D Major, which came after intermission. It was a performance of extraordinary warmth and lightness, and the conductor’s pacing was spacious. Yet there was also plenty of drive and intensity in Brahms’ majestic buildups. The orchestra responded with glowing playing … ”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 11 March 2016

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    19 Feb 16 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “Langrée led warmly, and the atmosphere he inspired was memorable, helped by Music Hall’s resonant acoustics. He communicated with vivid detail but also breadth, from the sustained, quiet opening through the suite’s energized dance sections. The climax on “Simple Gifts” was expansive, with a lively variation for the trumpets and trombones. The closing section, played pianissimo, was quite beautiful.”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 20 February 2016

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    14 Jan 16 BRAHMS Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Music Hall Cincinnati

    “The playing was electric, the conducting was heartfelt and the string sound in Music Hall’s glowing acoustical space was unforgettable.”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 15 January 2016

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    06 Jan 16 TCHAIKOVSKY
    Lincoln Centre, New York

    “In the Fifth Symphony, Mr. Langrée, conducting from memory, brought weighty depth to the grim Andante opening of the first movement. The animated main section was at once purposeful and restless. He sometimes pushed the music to compelling extremes for expressivity … The finale was the highlight, played with fiery intensity and excitement”
    Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 7 January 2016

    “Two standing ovations for a program of symphonic warhorses is not what you’d expect from New York audiences, who regularly see the world’s most inventive musical offerings. But Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brought New Yorkers cheering to their feet – twice – for their all-Tchaikovsky program on Wednesday night at Lincoln Center.”
    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com 7 January, 2016

Cincinnati SO

Louis Langrée is Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since September 2013.

Louis Langrée’s first commercial recording with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra features Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait (narrated by Dr Maya Angelou) and world premieres by Nico Muhly and David Lang.

Their second recording features Concertos for Orchestra by Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich and Zhou Tian.

Announcement of 2017-18 season here.

Watch Louis discuss the Brahms Festival.

One City, One Symphony.
Free download of Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 and Mozart’s Davide Penitente

Lumenocity 2013 and 2014
Free download

Lumenocity, August 2015
Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony No.3 2nd Mvt
Mosolov: Iron Foundry