Patrick Davin

Chef d’orchestre belge (1962, Huy)

Passionate about contemporary music, the young conductor Patrick Davin collaborates with the best European phalanges, defends lyrical art and is involved in teaching.

Patrick Davin began his musical studies with the violin at the Huy Conservatory and pursued in Liege and Toulon, studying piano, harmony, fugue and conducting. Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös were among his professors. He succeeded Bernard Foccroulle as professor of musical analysis at the Liège Royal Conservatory of Music in 1988 and held this position until 1999. He was a finalist in the Besançon international competition in 1992. He became the musical director of the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle in July 1993. He was assistant to prominent personalities such as Heinrich Schiff, Sylvain Cambreling and Luciano Berio. At the instigation of Philippe Boesmans, he co-founded the ensembles "Synonymes" and "Pléonasme", then the Forlane Orchestra with Patrick Baton.

He is now the first guest conductor of the Walloon Opera and teaches conducting at the Brussels Conservatory. After conducting the orchestras of the Lyon, Liège and Nice operas, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Belgian National, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Lille National Orchestra, the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, he is the artistic and musical director of the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra since 2013.

Six landmark dates in the life of Patrick Davin

1988: Was appointed professor of musical analysis at the Liège Conservatory.

1992: Was a finalist in the Besançon international competition

1993: Became director of the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle

2012: Was appointed Music and Artistic Director of the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra

2013: Became Festival Ars Musica curator

2014: Conducted the creation of Au monde, Philippe Boesmans' last opera at the Monnaie.