Lionel Bringuier

French pianist, cellist and conductor (Nice, 1986 -)

Lionel Bringuier, born among a brotherhood of musicians, begins studying cello at the age of five. His exceptional talent leads him to the Paris Conservatory at only 13 years old in cellist Philippe Muller's class. At 15, he enters Zsolt Nagy’s prestigious class in order to follow the conductor’s advanced training. He perfects his music skills with Peter Eötvös and Janos Fürst. In spite of an increasingly looming career as a conductor, he continues to perform as a chamber musician, notably with his brother Nicolas on the piano.

After completing his training as a chamber musician and conductor, Lionel Bringuier is appointed assistant conductor at the Paris Ensemble orchestral and, the same year, wins the prestigious Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors.

In 2006, Esa-Pekka Salonen names Lionel Bringuier assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Salonen's young successor, Gustavo Dudamel, appoints him associate conductor. Lionel Bringuier participates in numerous tours of the orchestra, notably in Latin America. In 2009, he is appointed Music Director of the Castille and Leon Symphony Orchestra in Valladolid, Spain.

For this season, Lionel Bringuier is preparing several recording projects with various orchestras with whom he regularly collaborates.

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Six landmark dates in the life of Lionel Bringuier:

2002: Youngest Frenchman to follow a postgraduate training as a conductor at the Paris Conservatory

2005: Winner of the 49th Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors

2006: Appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

2009: Debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

2009: Debut at the BBC Proms

2014: Principal conductor of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra