Emmanuel Krivine

One of today’s greatest conductors.

The Guardian

Music Director

Born to a Russian father and a Polish mother, Emmanuel Krivine began a career as a violinist at a very early age. Following his studies at the Paris Conservatoire and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, he went on to further his education with a number of great teachers including Henryk Szeryng and Yehudi Menuhin before making a name for himself at international competitions. Emmanuel Krivine had always been fascinated by organ and symphony music; after a revelatory encounter with Karl Böhm in 1965, he gradually came to concentrate on orchestral conducting. He was Principal Guest Conductor at Radio France from 1976 to 1983 and Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 1987 to 2000. Since 2004, Emmanuel Krivine has been Principal Conductor of La Chambre Philharmonique, a period-instrument ensemble with which he has presented a number of programmes, both in recital and on disc, including an acclaimed recent set of the complete Beethoven symphonies (Gramophone Editor’s Choice).
Since 2006, Emmanuel Krivine has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Both on tour and at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the orchestra’s home, he has undertaken a great variety of projects in collaboration with a many great soloists. In parallel to his work with those two ensembles, he has been a guest with the world’s finest orchestras. Emmanuel Krivine, who is very keen to ensure that the world’s cultural heritage is passed on, regularly conducts youth orchestras.
His recent recordings with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg include (on Timpani) a disc devoted to Vincent d’Indy (Poème des rivages and Diptyque méditerranéen among other works) and two of orchestral music by Claude Debussy as well as (on Zig Zag Territoires/Outhere) a disc of music by Ravel (featuring Shéhérazade, Boléro and La Valse) and one devoted to Musorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition) and Rimsky-Korsakov (Schéhérazade), released in autumn 2013. With La Chambre Philharmonique on Naïve he has released recordings of the music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (the Italian and Reformation symphonies), Antonín Dvořák (the New World symphony), Robert Schumann (Konzertstück Op. 86) and Ludwig van Beethoven (complete symphonies, Gramophone Editor’s Choice).

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