François-Xavier Roth

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François-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth (born 6 November 1971, Paris) is a French conductor. His father is the organist Daniel Roth. His brother Vincent Roth is a violist. Before turning to conducting, François was a flautist.[1] Roth graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where his teachers included Alain Marion and János Fürst.

In 2000, Roth won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, which led to a 2-year appointment as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as an assistant conductor to John Eliot Gardiner.[2] In 2003, he founded Les Siècles, an orchestra which performs on instruments appropriate to the period of composition of each piece. With Les Siècles, he has given concerts in France, Italy, Germany, England and Japan. To mark the centenary of The Rite of Spring in 2013, the orchestra performed the work on period instruments at the BBC Proms and the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. Roth and Les Siècles have devised their own television series for France 2 entitled Presto!, which ran for 3 years and garnered audiences of over three million viewers.

Roth was Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) from 2008 to 2012. He was Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège (OPL) for the 2009-2010 season.[3] In September 2011, Roth became Principal Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. In February 2014, the orchestra announced the extension of Xavier-Roth's SWR orchestra contract through the 2015-2016 season.[4] In the same month, February 2014, the city of Cologne announced the appointment of Roth as its next Generalmusikdirektor (GMD), which includes duties as Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and chief conductor of the Cologne Opera, effective 1 September 2015, with an initial contract of 5 years.[5][6][7]

Roth was the last chief conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, before its merger with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra to form the SWR Symphonieorchester. He conducted the final concert of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg on 17 July 2016 in Freiburg.[8][9] In March 2017, the London Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Roth as its new principal guest conductor, effective September 2017.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Dick (4 May 2010). "Warum der neue SWR-Chefdirigent François-Xavier Roth Freiburg liebt". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Alexander Dick (8 April 2010). "Der künftige Chefdirigent beim SWR steht offenbar fest". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Le chef français Roth quitte l'Orchestre de Liège". Le Soir. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "François-Xavier Roth verlängert Vertrag" (Press release). SWR. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "François-Xavier Roth wird Generalmusikdirektor in Köln" (Press release). Stadt Köln. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Roth wird Nachfolger von Stenz". Kölner Stadt-Unzeiger. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Axel Hill (14 February 2014). "Roth wird Generalmusikdirektor in Köln". Kölnische Rundschau. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fusion der SWR-Orchester beschlossen: Rundfunkrat stimmte mit großer Mehrheit für die Vorlage des SWR". Südwestrundfunk. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Alexander Dick (2016-07-22). "Mit dieser Fusion hat man es geschafft, ein Musik-Welterbe zu schleifen". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  10. ^ "London Symphony Orchestra announces François-Xavier Roth as Principal Guest Conductor" (Press release). London Symphony Orchestra. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 

Discography[edit]

• Jean-Louis Agobet, dir. François-Xavier Roth, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Timpani Records (2005)
• Presto, dir. François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles, Mirare (2007)
• Bizet - Chabrier, dir. François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles, Mirare (2007) - Diapason Découverte
• Saint-Saëns - Chausson - Ysaÿe, dir. François-Xavier Roth, violon : Tedi Papavrami, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Aeon (2009)
• Thierry Pécou - La Symphonie du Jaguar, dir. François-Xavier Roth, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Harmonia Mundi (2009)
• Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, dir. François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2010)
• Saint-Saëns - Concerto pour piano n°3 et Symphonie n'°3 avec orgue, dir. François-Xavier Roth - Jean-François heisser, piano - Daniel Roth, orgue - Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2010)
• Matalon - Trames 2, 4 et 8, dir. François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2011)
• Stravinsky - "L'Oiseau de feu (ballet complet 1910)" Premier enregistrement sur instruments d'époque - Les Siècles, « Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2011) - Preis der deutschen Schallplatten kritik, Edison Klassiek Prize 2012, Gramophone Choice
• Mahler / Webern - Symphonie n°1 "Titan", Im Sommerwind - SWR Sinfonie Orchester Baden Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 2012
• Dubois - "Concerto pour piano" et "Ouverture de Frithiof" - Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2012)
• Liszt - Dante Symphonie & Orpheus - Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2012)
• Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben / Tod und Verklärung, SWR Sinfonie Orchester Baden Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 2013
• Richard Strauss - Don Quixote / Till Eulenspiegel / Macbeth, SWR Sinfonie Orchester Baden Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 2013
• Debussy - La Mer & Première Suite d'Orchestre (world premiere), Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2013)
• Dukas - L'Apprenti Sorcier / Cantate Velleda / Polyeucte, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2013)
• Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps (1913) & Petrouchka (1911), First recording on period instruments. Reconstructed version of Le Sacre du Printemps as heard on 29 May 1913, by special permission of Boosey & Hawkes, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi (2014)
• Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra / Aus Italien, SWR Sinfonie Orchester Baden Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 2015

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Artistic Director, Les Siècles
2003–present
Succeeded by
(incumbent)
Preceded by
Pascal Rophé
Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Christian Arming
Preceded by
Sylvain Cambreling
Chief Conductor, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
2011–2016
Succeeded by
(no successor)
Preceded by
Markus Stenz
Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and General Music Director, City of Cologne
2015-present
Succeeded by
(incumbent)