Julien Leroy was awarded the 2014 « Talents Chefs d’Orchestre » ADAMI Prize
Encouraged by Pierre Boulez, rising star Julien Leroy started his career working as Assistant Conductor of the Opéra de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC) with Susanna Mälkki and Matthias Pintscher. In 2014, he was awarded the ADAMI ‘Talents Chefs d’Orchestre’ Prize.
Such early success was followed by numerous engagements with orchestras in France, such as the Orchestre National de Metz, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the latter of which is a regular guest.
“With a strong musicianship and a precise technique, [Julien Leroy] clearly expresses the music he wants to hear and promotes all repertoires with similar standards (…). In addition, his great human qualities ensure him an excellent relationship with musicians.”
– Pierre Boulez, 2014 –
First invited Conductor of the United Instruments of Lucilin ensembles
Abroad, Julien Leroy has been invited to conduct the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande (two concert series in 2018/2019), the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in Lisbon, the Beirut Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Verbier Festival Orchestra, as well as the orchestra of the Luzern Festival Academy. With the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he has appeared in Brussels (BOZAR), Lisbon (Gulbenkian Foundation) and toured Mexico, Germany, Poland and Italy. Earlier this year, he was appointed as First Guest Conductor with the Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin in Luxembourg, he is also Artistic Director of the Paris Percussion Group since 2014.
“Julien is a complete musician. A sensitive musician with a flawless technique, insight into the score, finding the right style for scores of even the most diverse aesthetics. He is a great communicant too. Friendly, engaging, inspiring”.
– Matthias Pintscher, 2014 –
Recent highlights include: the premiere of Kein Licht (an opera by French composer Philippe Manoury, at the Opera-Comique, which was a co-production of Ruhrtriennale, Berliner Festspiele, Luxembourg Theaters, Zagreb National Croatian Theatre, Festival Musica and IRCAM); a concert in tribute to Pierre Boulez at the KKL in Luzern; and his debut with Klangforum Wien.
Also an accomplished violinist, Julien Leroy studied conducting at the Sergiu Celibidache Stiftung München with Konrad von Abel, and with Adrian McDonnell in Paris. This was followed by masterclasses with Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula and Daniel Harding, whom he also assisted (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra). Julien has worked with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Sir Simon Rattle and Pablo Heras-Casado (Luzern Festival Academy). He is a laureate of both the 15th Tokyo International Music Competition and the Ottawa National Arts Centre 2009 Young Artists Conducting Programme, the latter supervised by Pinchas Zukerman and Kenneth Kiesler.