Louis Langrée

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Louis Langrée
Louis Langrée, Conductor and Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Background information
Born (1961-01-11)January 11, 1961
Occupation(s) Conductor/Music Director
Associated acts Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival, Opéra National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Website http://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/orchestra/conductors/louis-Langrée/

Louis Langrée (born 11 January 1961 in Mulhouse) is a French conductor. He is the son of organist and theorist Alain Langrée. One of his sisters is an amateur cellist.[1]


Early Years[edit]

Langrée studied at the Strasbourg Conservatory, but had no formal academic training in conducting.[1] He began his career as a vocal coach and assistant at the Opéra National de Lyon, from 1983 to 1986.[1] He then worked as an assistant conductor at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and held a comparable post with the Bayreuth Festival. From 1989 to 1992, he was an assistant conductor with l’Orchestre de Paris.

Conducting and Music Director[edit]

Langrée has vast experience as a conductor and music director serving at positions in the UK, Europe, and United States

UK and Europe[edit]

In Europe and the UK, Langrée has been music director of the Orchestre de Picardie (1993–1998), the Opéra National de Lyon (1998–2000), Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1998–2003), and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège (2001–2006). His first conducting appearance at the Vienna State Opera was in September 2010, in a revival of Puccini's La bohème. In June 2011, Langrée was named principal conductor of the Camerata Salzburg, effective September 2011, with an initial contract of 5 seasons.[2]

United States[edit]

Langrée made his first US conducting appearance in 1991 at the Spoleto Festival USA. In December 2002, he was named music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center, New York City),[3] and formally took up the post in the summer of 2003. In March 2005, his initial contract with Mostly Mozart was extended to 2008.[4] His current contract with Mostly Mozart is through 2017.[5] He first guest-conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in March 2011. Based on that appearance, in April 2012, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra appointed Langrée its 13th music director, as of the 2013-2014 season, with an initial contract of 4 years. He assumed the title of music director designate with immediate effect.[6][7] In March 2015, the Cincinnati Symphony announced the extension of Langrée's contract as music director through the 2019-2020 season.[8]

Music Director List[edit]

  • Orchestre de Picardie (1993 - 1998)
  • Opéra National de Lyon (1998 - 2000)
  • Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1998 - 2003)
  • Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (2001-2006)
  • Mostly Mozart Festival (2002–Present)
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2011–Present)[9]


Langrée has made several recordings for Virgin Classics, with the Orchestra of the Opera National de Lyon,[10] the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Camerata Salzburg and Le Concert d'Astrée. With the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, he has recorded for Universal/Accord symphonies of Franck and Chausson, piano concertos of Liszt, Ravel and Schulhoff (soloist, Claire-Marie Le Guay), and for the Cypress label, works for clarinet and orchestra by Mozart, Rossini and Weber (soloist, Jean-Luc Votano). Several of his recordings have received awards, including the Victoire de la musique, MIDEM, Diapason d'Or, and Gramophone awards. Langrée was a co-recipient of the Best Musical Achievement for Opera award from the Royal Philharmonic Society for his conducting of the 2001 Glyndebourne Opera production of Fidelio. In 2007, he was a winner of the Grand Prix Antoine Livio de la Presse Musicale Internationale.

Langrée has also recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The recording featured a performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait which was narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou.

Personal life[edit]

Langrée and his wife Aimée Clark Langrée, a writer for French television, have two children. The family resides in Cincinnati.[8] In 2006, Langrée was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.


  1. ^ a b c James R. Oestreich (1 August 2003). "A New Spin (And Hand) For 'Mozart'". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Louis Langrée neuer Chefdirigent der Camerata Salzburg" (Press release). Camerata Salzburg. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  3. ^ Robin Pogrebin (11 December 2002). "Mostly Mozart Appoints Music Director". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  4. ^ Ben Mattison (17 March 2005). "Mostly Mozart Announces 2005 Season Plans, Extends Contract of Music Director Louis Langrée". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  5. ^ Kozinn, Allan (July 29, 2014). "Langrée Signs On for More Mostly Mozart". 
  6. ^ "Louis Langrée Named Next CSO Music Director" (Press release). Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  7. ^ Janelle Gelfand (2012-04-24). "French conductor named CSO music director". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  8. ^ a b Janelle Gelfand (2015-03-06). "CSO extends Louis Langrée's contract until 2020". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  9. ^ "Louis Langree Biography". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  10. ^ James R. Oestreich (7 February 2003). "Fiery Romantic, Burning Alone: The Ever-Original Berlioz". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Patrick Fournillier
Music Director, Orchestre de Picardie
Succeeded by
Edmon Colomer
Preceded by
Kent Nagano
Music Director, Opéra National de Lyon
Succeeded by
Iván Fischer
Preceded by
Ivor Bolton
Music Director, Glyndebourne Touring Opera
Succeeded by
Edward Gardner
Preceded by
Pierre Bartholomée
Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
Succeeded by
Pascal Rophé
Preceded by
Gerard Schwarz
Music Director, Mostly Mozart Festival
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Leonidas Kavakos
Principal Conductor, Camerata Salzburg
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