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Alexandre Piquion

Alexandre Piquion

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Recently appointed as a teacher at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (Vocal studies and Conducting), Alexandre Piquion was born in France and belongs a new generation of multi-talented french conductors. He has fully devoted himself to conducting since 2008 after a fruitful 12-year-career as a cellist with most renowned French orchestras. From then, he served as Chorusmaster and Assistant conductor of Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre des Champs Elysées. This new path has been highlighted by performances with Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon, Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup, Orchestre de Région Avignon Provence, Moldavian National Radio TV Orchestra, Atelier des Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble, Orchestre Régional de Basse-Normandie, Targu Mures National Orchestra, Iasi National Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Radio-France Choir. Deeply committed to the lyrical repertoire, he closely collaborated with Metz Opera, Lausanne Opera (Japan tour), La Peniche Opera (Paris), the Chamber Choir Les Eléments and Caen Opera. He conducted Carmen (4 productions) – die Zauberflöte - Lakmé – Les Pecheurs de Perles – La Belle Hélene – Le Pauvre Matelot – Vent du Soir – Apothicaire et Perruquier – Le Mariage aux lanternes – Les Deux Pecheurs, but also Fledermaus – The Telephone – Albert Herring - and touring productions such as Wagner, Friede und Leidenschaften – Une heure avec Mozart – Mozart, quelques airs, quelques femmes – Voyage en Féérie, Offenbach on Stage. Critics especially gave a laudatory review of the French version of Coscoletto (J. Offenbach – French libretto by Jean-Claude Yon). As an artistic director, Alexandre Piquion led and conducted operatic productions of Montargis and Gattieres Festivals from 2007 to 2009, Lyrical Nights in Monte-Carlo in 2010 and 2011. He also was Music Director of the European Chamber Ensemble,and the Grand Seize, a company he founded with Paul-Alexandre Dubois and the historian Jean-Claude Yon. Besides, as a former member of the composers’ association Opus Open until 2006, Alexandre Piquion is the author of many transcriptions of lyrical works for chamber orchestra, attesting his fair commitment to the promotion of this repertoire. His artistic agent is Jérôme Angot (Jérôme Angot Artists Management – Amsterdam). After studying music in Strasbourg, Lyon (CNSM), and Salzburg (Mozarteum) with Jean Deplace and Julius Berger, Alexandre Piquion was punctually First Cellist in the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine and the Orchestre Symphonique de Tours until 2006, and co-soloist in the Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Orchestre National de Lorraine. He also played with many other french orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the Orchestre de Picardie, performing under such outstanding conductors as P. Boulez, L. Maazel, E.P. Salonen, K. Nagano, and K. Eschenbach for instance. He was a finalist in the Yamaha International Music Competition in 1992, closely collaborated with the pianist Pierre Manicelli, taught chamber music at Lyon’s CNR until 1996, and founded the Trio Goethe, which he was a member of up to 1998 ; he also was a member of the Wozzeck Quartett from 2000 to 2004. In concurence with those activities, he was taught by Jean-Sébastien Béreau – conducting – and by Philippe Capdenat – composition – and receive coachings from Theodor Guschlbauer and Arie van Beek.