Michel Plasson

French conductor (Paris, 1933-)

Grand ambassador of French and contemporary music with his many recommendations, Michel Plasson remains associated with the rise and international renown of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. The accomplished style, rigorous technique and open-mindedness allowed Michel Plasson to approach a vast repertoire, attested by the clarity and precision of his recordings for EMI Classics.

Michel Plasson was raised in a musical background by a vocalist mother and and a violinist father. He therefore naturally turned to music and studied the piano with Lazare-Lévy, percussion with Félix Passerone and conducting with Eugène Bigot

Taking on Charles Munch’s advice, he continued his training in the United States with Erich Leinsdorf, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. After three years directing the Metz Opera, Michel Plasson became head of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

Michel Plasson has been invited by many orchestras, with a new production of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites in 1977 at New York’s MET and conducting MassenetWerther at Covent Garden in 1979. He has been working with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra since 1990. He also conducted China’s National Orchestra, Tokyo’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Rotterdam’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Opera Orchestra, Barcelona, Seville and Madrid’s orchestras and Romandy’s Orchestra (French-speaking Switzerland). 

Seven landmark dates in the life of Michel Plasson: 

2010: Commander of the Legion of Honour 1995: received the 1995 Annual Grand Prize for International Music Press - a distinction given to a French artist for the first time
1992: Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters
1990: Distinguished by the Grand Prix Florence Gould awarded by the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France
1968-1983: Ensured the Artistic Direction of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse
1965: Was appointed musical director of the Opéra de Metz
1962: Won 1st place at the International Competition of Young Conductors of Besançon