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Roth, François-Xavier (conductor)
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François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Roth showed his mettle in a crackling account of Dvořák’s ‘New World’ symphony [with the London Symphony Orchestra]. Maintaining taut control of the symphonic argument, he unleashed powerful playing from an orchestra that seemed grateful to be playing for him. (The Sunday Telegraph, UK)

François-Xavier Roth, born in Paris in November 1971, is one of the most charismatic and enterprising conductors of his generation. In September 2011 he took on the role of Principal Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. He also holds the position of Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and maintains a special relationship with and regularly conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.

His repertoire ranges from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work and encompasses all genres: symphonic, operatic and chamber. In 2003, he founded the innovative orchestra Les Siècles, which performs contrasting and colourful programmes on modern and period instruments as appropriate, often within the same concert. With Les Siècles, he has given concerts in France, Italy, Germany, England and Japan. They were awarded a Diapason Découverte for their CD of music by Bizet and Chabrier, recorded for Mirare. More recently, on the orchestra’s own label, Les Siècles Live, he has released works by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Liszt and Debussy. Roth and Les Siècles devised their own television series for France 2 entitled Presto! The primetime programmes—short introductions to popular classical works—attracted a weekly audience of over three million viewers during its three-year run. To mark the centenary of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Roth and Les Siècles presented four concerts at the Cité de la musique in Paris, the Théâtre de Nîmes and the Abbaye de Royaumont in 2010, including the restored score of the composite ballet Les Orientales and a period-instrument performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Other highlights include a tour of Japan with SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Bamberg and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. With Les Siècles, Roth has appeared at the Cologne Philharmonie, the Klara Festival in Brussels, the Rheingau Festival and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Equally committed to the world of opera, his period-instrument performances of Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon (2010) and Offenbach’s Les Brigands (2011) at the Opéra Comique in Paris and Mozart’s Idomeneo (2012) at the Luxembourg Opera were greeted by critical acclaim. Other opera engagements include new productions of Léo Delibes’ Lakmé and Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.


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