François-Xavier Roth

Conductor (b.1971, Neuilly-sur-Seine)

François-Xavier Roth is a French conductor, born in 1971 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

François-Xavier Roth is the son of Daniel Roth, the Principal Organist at the Église Saint-Sulpice de Paris. He studied with Alain Marion and Janos Fürst at the Paris Conservatoire. In 2000 he won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and became the Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. He also assisted Sir John Eliot Gardiner for several years (for productions of Les Troyens, Benvenuto Cellini and Falstaff). François-Xavier Roth’s repertoire stretches from 17th century music to contemporary compositions, he conducts both symphony and chamber music.  orchestras.

In 2003 he founded Les Siècles, a new kind of orchestra, which plays its repertoire on instruments from the period it was written. To mark the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, François Xavier-Roth obtained permission from the piece’s publisher, Boosey and Hawkes, to tour the work on instruments of the period. This tour took them to both the BBC Proms and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. 

François-Xavier Roth spent two seasons with the London Symphony Orchestra, exploring the musical legacy of the post-Romantic era. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, he was named Senior Guest Conductor of the orchestra. He is now also the Musical Director of the Gürzenich Opera and Orchestra in Cologne, where he recently conducted a specially commissioned work by Philippe Manoury with the orchestra. He also regularly works with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle, Zurich. As Principal Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg & Baden-Baden, from 2010 to 2016, he conducted in London (at the BBC Proms), Hamburg and at festivals in Lucerne and Berlin. With this orchestra he also recorded The Complete Symphonic Poems of Richard Strauss, conducted works by Yann Robin, Georg-Friedrich Haas, Simon Steen-Anderson, and collaborated with Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann and Helmut Lachenmann

François-Xavier Roth has also dedicated himself to teaching. He runs the London Symphony Orchestra Panufnik Composers Scheme each year. In 2009 he also created the European Hector Berlioz Youth Orchestra, at the Berlioz Festival, a training orchestra, which performs Berlioz’s music on period instruments. He has also collaborated with French television programme Presto to develop multimedia teaching resources. On the 14th of July 2017 François-Xavier Roth was made a Chevalier de le Légion d’honneur for his contributions to teaching, conducting and the music world. 

Six Landmark Dates in the Life of François-Xavier Roth 

2000  Won First Prize at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London. 

2003  Founded the "Les Siècles" orchestra

2007  Made his American debut with the London Symphony Orchestra 

2010  Conducted Mignon by Ambroise Thomas on period instruments at the Opera House 

2011  Was named Musical Director of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Fribourg.

2011 Conducted Les Brigands by Offenbach, performed on period instruments

Six Key Recordings

Richard Strauss : The Symphonic Poems
 SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden‐Baden und Freiburg
 Haenssler, 2013

Debussy : Première Suite d'orchestre / La Mer
 Les Siècles (period instruments)
 Musicales Actes Sud / Les Siècles Live 2013

Saint-­Saëns / Chausson / Ysaye : Works for Violin and Orchestra
Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, Tedi Papavrami
 AEON 2010

Franck : Le Chasseur Maudit, Les Djinns, Les Eolides, Variations Symphoniques
Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, Cédric Tiberghien
 CYPRES RECORDS 2011

Bize t : Symphonie en do, Jeux d'enfants  ; Chabrier : Suite Pastorale
Les Siècles
 MIRARE 2007

DVD Presto, série pour France 2
Les Siècles
 MIRARE 2007

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