AMAURY DU CLOSEL
• DIRECTOR OF L'ACADÉMIE LYRIQUE •
Vienna based conductor/composer Amaury du Closel studied composition with Max Deutsch and conducting with Alexandre Myrat. Amaury du Closel collaborated in his early years with numerous orchestras in London, Warsaw (Polish Radio and Television of Warsaw), Festival de Menton (Sinfonia Varsovia), Suwon (Korea), La Kamerata (Greece), Qatar. He is currently guest conductor of several orchestras in Italy, Germany, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, and recently appeared with the Nu?rnberger Symphoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the North Czech Philharmony the Enescu Philharmony in Bucharest, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, I Solisti Aquilani and The Pusan Symphony Orchestra in Korea. His repertoire extends from the Classical period to composers of the Twenty-First century. He is currently Musical Director of Opéra Nomade, a nationwide opera touring company, and is also Artistic Director of the Silenced Voices Festival in Strasbourg. Mr du Closel published in 2005 a book about European composers victims of the Nazi regime that was awarded the Prize of the Critics for the best musical essay the very same year. Since 2003, he has revived numerous works of these composers in the concert series Forum Voix Etouffées throughout Europe with the support of the European Union. His regularly records with the Nu?rnberger Symphoniker for Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft and Sony, and collaborates also with Naxos (Malipiero) and the English label KMI. He recently released with the latter a CD dedicated to the “Figure Of The Tyran”, the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann and the Ode To Napoleon Buonaparte by Arnold Schoenberg. Among his last collaborations figures concerts with the Berliner Symphoniker at the Festival of La Chaise-Dieu in August 2016.
• PEDAGOGICAL DIRECTOR •
A French citizen born in Greece, Alexandre Myrat discovered music at the age of 13 and, seven years later, he conducted his first concert with the Orchestra of Monte Carlo. In Paris, he studied conducting under Igor Markevitch, Max Deutsch and Nadia Boulanger. Since 1976, when he conducted the world première of Milhaud’s Oresteia for Radio France, he began a steady collaboration with the French broadcaster, conducting numerous recordings, concerts and many world premières. He has also conducted concerts for the BBC, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Bulgarian Radio and the RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone). His international career has led him all over the world. Following the establishment of the Picardie Orchestra in 1984, where he was artistic director until 1989, he became known for his interpretation of the works of Mozart. In 1991 he founded La Kamerata, the Athens Megaron in-house orchestra, with whom he has recorded for labels such as EMI, ECM, RCA, Blue Note and Agorà. Three of his recordings have won ‘Recordings Academy’ awards. He is permanent guest conductor of the Târgu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, he was made a “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” by the French government. In 2011, he was appointed artistic director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.