Lionel Bringuier, Chief Conductor and Music Director

The start of the 2014/15 season will see Lionel Bringuier become the new Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Lionel was born in Nice in 1986 and began studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at the age of 13 - initially cello with Philippe Muller and, after 2000, also conducting with Zsolt Nagy. Whilst studying in Paris, he received further artistic inspiration, especially in the master classes led by Péter Eötvös and János Fürst. He graduated in 2004 with «Mention Très Bien à l’unanimité» and was the winner of the 49th Besançon Young Conductors Competition in 2005.
Since then he has conducted numerous leading orchestras and worked for six years as the resident conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a collaboration initiated by the former music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and continued by the current music director Gustavo Dudamel.
During the 2014/15 season, Lionel Bringuier will work intensively with Esa-Pekka Salonen, who, as the Creative Chair, will be ever-more present, and Yuja Wang, our Artist in Residence. Furthermore, he will perform a number of concerts with orchestras with which he already has a close association. This includes invitations from the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra Sinfónica de Castilla y León, where he was the principal director from 2009 to 2012. Great debuts are also planned with, among others, the Israel Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra London.
Lionel Bringuier is a regular guest of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Through his enthusiasm for 21st century music, he has conducted many premieres, including works by Kaija Saariaho, Marc-André Dalbavie, Magnus Lindberg and Rebecca Saunders. Lionel Bringuier has won numerous awards for his artistic achievements.
Other distinctions include the «Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco », the «Médaille d’or» from the Lord Mayor of Nice, and first prize in a competition organised by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava. Lionel has also received prizes from the Swiss Foundation Langart and the Cziffra Foundation.