The International Conductors’ Academy Of The Allianz Cultural Foundation
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
2007/8 season conductors named as Philippe Bach, Benjamin Northley and Jérémie Rhorer.
Resuming their Royal Festival Hall concert series after two years away, the hall’s resident symphony orchestras will again nurture young conducting talent in an international academy for conductors supported by the Allianz Cultural Foundation and Southbank Centre.
The International Conductors’ Academy – which affords outstanding young talent the chance to work with two of the world’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra – has produced some of today’s busiest conducting talent, amongst it the sensational young Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel (named recently as the future Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic).
After a widespread search in consultation with educationalists, Music Directors and orchestra bosses worldwide, three conductors have been selected to work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (the ‘lead’ orchestra for 2007/08) in a year of activities that includes education work, administrative secondments, work with the Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski* and guest conductors, and rehearsal and concert work – including a public concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 13 June 2008.
The forthcoming season’s selected conductors have been named as Philippe Bach from Switzerland who was previously Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music; Benjamin Northley from Australia, winner of the 2001 Symphony Australia Young Conductor of the Year Competition; and Jérémie Rhorer, a Parisian musician and founder of the chamber orchestra Les Musiciens de la Prée.
Timothy Walker is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. ‘As Vladimir Jurowski begins his tenure as Principal Conductor in this, our seventy-fifth anniversary year, it’s appropriate that we further demonstrate our commitment to lesser-known young conducting talent in reviving the conductors’ academy’, he said. ‘It’s about giving expertly recognised talent the chance to work with a first-class orchestra. We’re not setting them up to be judged in a competition, but rather giving them a helping hand. We have a responsibility to young, talented musicians, and we always have to be thinking of who the major names of the future will be. The great conductors will always have a following, and if we recognise brilliance, and have faith in that brilliance, it will pay off.'
Philippe Bach was born in 1974 in Saanen , Switzerland , and studied at the Musikhochschule in Bern , the Musikhochschule in Zurich , and at the Conservatoire in Geneva , recently winning first prize at the International Jesus Lopez Cobos Conducting Competition in Madrid . From 2004-2006 he was Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, and since September 2006 has been Assistant Conductor at the Teatro Real in Madrid. His professional engagements have seen him conduct the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Bern Chamber Orchestra and the Südwestdeutsche and Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestras.
Australian conductor Benjamin Northley studied at the University of Melbourne under John Hopkins, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under Leif Segerstam and at the Royal Stockholm Academy of Music under Jorma Panula. He is currently Principal Conductor of the Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and made his professional debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2003. He has since worked with many of the professional Australian orchestras and, in Europe, with the Leipaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia , the Futurum Ensemble Sinfonietta in Stockholm , and the Moscow , Haifi and Graz Symphony Orchestras. He made his operatic debut in 2007, conducting Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with the State Opera of South Australia.
Parisian born Jérémie Rhorer studied at the Conservatoire Supérier in the French capital. He founded both the contemporary music ensemble Les Musiciens de la Prée, and the period instrument orchestra Le Cercle de l‘Harmonie. Both ensembles have taken him to prestigious festivals and venues, whilst his work with the latter can be heard on an EMI/Virgin Classics recording. He has worked closely with both Mark Minkowski and William Christie, assisting in operatic productions at Aix-en-Provence , the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Opéra National de Paris. Professional conducting engagements have taken him back to the Opéra National de Paris, and to the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Orchestra de l’Opéra de Rouen , the Opéra de Lyon, the Orchetsre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Orchestra Philarmonica Caracas and to the Teatro Real in Madrid.