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Marc Soustrot, our favourite conductor from France, was in top form as usual – and the musicians love him for this […]. And for something else, which other conductors […] rarely give: heart. Stuttgarter Zeitung
Marc Soustrot is considered a specialist of French orchestral literature. He is also well known for his deep involvement in contemporary music, which he has cultivated since the beginning of his career. He has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire (1976–1994), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn (1995–2003) Het Brabants Orkest Eindhoven (1996–2006) and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (2011-2019). Marc Soustrot is chief conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, which he has led since the 2015/16 season.
As a guest conductor, Soustrot has worked with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Filharmonie Antwerpen, Residentie Orkest Den Haag and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Barcelona, Warsaw and Tokyo.
Marc Soustrot has many years of experience in the opera world and with a vast operatic repertoire, including works such as Don Giovanni, Carmen, Werther, Pelléas et Mélisande, operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Jacques Offenbach, as well as Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. He has also successfully conducted a number of contemporary operas, such as Ernst Krenek’s Karl V. He has worked with the orchestras of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Teatro Real Madrid, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie de Munt, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen and the Norwegian National Opera Oslo.
In 2012 he garnered much praise for his interpretation of Francis Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites at the Royal Swedish Opera and the Stuttgart Opera; in February 2019 in Stockholm he conducted the work again to great acclaim. In Stuttgart, Marc Soustrot guest conducted Götterdämmerung, Siegfried, Der Rosenkavalier, and Bizet’s Carmen in recent seasons, and will once again conduct Gounod’s Faust there in the 2019/2020 season. In 2015 he gave his successful debut conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in a new production of Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (staging: Álex Ollé/La Fura dels Baus) at the Semperoper Dresden, and later continued his fruitful collaboration with Álex Ollé with Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher at the Oper Frankfurt. Most recently, he conducted Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust on an astounding tour with Sophie Koch, Paul Groves, Bryn Terfel, the Malmö Symfoniorkester and the MDR-Rundfunkchor, with performances in Dresden, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Hamburg. In November 2019, the MDR-Rundfunkchor will also take part in Berlioz’s Requiem Grande Messe des Morts at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. With this work Marc Soustrot will make his debut with the MDR-Sinfonieorchester.
Marc Soustrot has conducted on numerous prize-winning CDs, and since 2013 is recording the complete symphonic works of Camille Saint-Saëns with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra for Naxos. In 2008 he was honoured with the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Born in Lyon, Soustrot studied trombone and piano at the Conservatoire de Lyon until 1969, when he began training as a conductor with Manuel Rosenthal in Paris.
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