Admired for his enthusiasm and energy, Alexandre Bloch is Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker from September 2015. The French conductor came to international attention as winner of Donatella Flick’s LSO Conducting Competition in October 2012, after which he was appointed Assistant Conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra.
The 15/16 season includes debuts with Oslo Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. He returns to Concertgebouw Orkest, Scottish Chamber, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBCNOW, Poznan Philharmonic, NWD Philharmonie and Australian Youth Orchestra. Future plans include his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lille.
Highlights of recent seasons include successful debuts at Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestra of Opera North, Bucharest Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Danish Chamber Orchestra and orchestra of the Royal Danish Opera, Australian Youth Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Poznan Philhamonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Musikkollegium Winterthur, NWD Philharmonie, Manchester Camerata and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. He has also worked in the studio with BBC Philharmonic, on several programmes with Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Miskolc and for Discovery projects with London Symphony Orchestra.
In 2012, Alexandre Bloch was awarded the position of Sir John Zochonis Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, which gave him the opportunity to study intensively as well as conducting Opera such as Shostakovich’s Moscow Paradise (2013). Highlights of his 2012/13 season included his last minute replacement of Mariss Jansons at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for very successful concerts including Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung and a commission by Jorg Widmann and his debut with the Ulster Orchestra.
In 2012 and 2013 he attended the Tanglewood Music Center Festival (USA). Alexandre has also drawn the attention of great figures of conducting, such as Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In parallel with his rise on the international stage, Alexandre is the founder and Musical Director of Orchestre Antipodes, which he established in 2011. Gathering young talented artists, this orchestra aims at renewing the dialogue between audiences and musicians.
Alexandre studied cello in Orléans and then composition and conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, later concentrating on conducting in Zsolt Nagy’s class. He is an elected Laureate of the SYLFF Tokyo Foundation (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund), Laureate of the Fondation Tarazzi. He was named a “2012 Talent” by ADAMI (French Society of Performer’s Rights).
Last updated August 2015