January 11, 1961|
|Associated acts||Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival, Opéra National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège|
Langrée studied at the Strasbourg Conservatory, but had no formal academic training in conducting. He began his career as a vocal coach and assistant at the Opéra National de Lyon, from 1983 to 1986. 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.
UK and Europe
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). In June 2011, Langrée was named principal conductor of the Camerata Salzburg, effective September 2011, with an initial contract of 5 seasons.
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), and formally took up the post in the summer of 2003. In March 2005, his initial contract with Mostly Mozart was extended to 2008. His contract with Mostly Mozart, previously through 2017, was further extended, in April 2017, through 2020. Langrée 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. In March 2015, the Cincinnati Symphony announced the extension of Langrée's contract as music director through the 2019–2020 season. In February 2017, the orchestra further extended his Cincinnati contract through the 2021–2022 season.
Langrée has made several recordings for Virgin Classics, with the Orchestra of the Opera National de Lyon, 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. With the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Langrée has recorded music commissioned for the orchestra by Zhou Tian, Thierry Escaich, and Sebastian Currier.
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- Allan Kozinn (2014-07-29). "Langrée Signs On for More Mostly Mozart". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
- Michael Cooper (2017-04-19). "This Summer Brings Mostly Mozart, With a Side of Schubert". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
- "Louis Langrée Named Next CSO Music Director" (Press release). Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- Janelle Gelfand (2012-04-24). "French conductor named CSO music director". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- Janelle Gelfand (2015-03-06). "CSO extends Louis Langrée's contract until 2020". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
- Janelle Gelfand (2017-02-26). "Langrée to stay with CSO through 2022". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
- James R. Oestreich (7 February 2003). "Fiery Romantic, Burning Alone: The Ever-Original Berlioz". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
- Askonas Holt agency biography of Louis Langrée
- Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra biography of Louis Langrée
| Music Director, Orchestre de Picardie
| Music Director, Opéra National de Lyon
| Music Director, Glyndebourne Touring Opera
| Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
| Music Director, Mostly Mozart Festival
| Principal Conductor, Camerata Salzburg