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Julien Leroy

Assistant conductor of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC), working first for Susanna Mälkki (2012/2013), then for Matthias Pintscher (2013/2015), Julien Leroy joins in the new generation of young French conductors. His repertoire extends from 18th century to contemporary music, wether it is symphonic, lyrical or music for ensemble.

Julien Leroy was awarded the 2014 « Talents Chefs d’Orchestre » ADAMI Prize (Administration des Droits des Artistes et Musiciens Interprètes) in Salle Gaveau (Paris), by performing Chostakovitch's cello concerto with Yan Levionnois & the Orchestre Colonne.

He has been regularly invited by the Lucerne Festival (academy) since 2012, as assistant conductor of Pierre Boulez (2012, 2013), Sir Simon Rattle (2014) and Esa-Pekka Salonen (2015).

Associate conductor of the Paris Cité Internationale Orchestra (2006-2014), he has conducted, among others: the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall), the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Pasdeloup, the TM+, Sillages, Court-circuit and Lucilin ensembles…

Musical director of the Paris Rive Droite Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2006, he founded the Orchestra Ensemble Intermezzo to explore a wide range of repertoire, as well as the Paris Percussion Group, which performs (amongst others) at the Paris Philharmonie.

Drawn to conducting since the age of fourteen, Julien Leroy started his training at the Sergiu Celibidache Stiftung München with Konrad von Abel and Adrian McDonnell at the Paris Conservatoire, followed by master classes directed by Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula and Daniel Harding, whom he happened to assist (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra). He also improved his knowledge of contemporary repertoire with Laurent Cuniot and Jean Deroyer.

Julien Leroy was also unanimously rewarded in 2003 with the Academy of Paris First Prize for violin and chamber music. After studying musical harmony, analysis and composition, he obtained the Musical Studies Degree of the Paris Conservatoire (2005).

Eager to share with young musicians his passion for music, he was naturally brought to conduct the Orchestras of the Paris Conservatoire. He has also been responsible for the artistic direction of several ensembles within Alfred Loewenguth Youth Orchestras since 2003.

In 2010, Julien Leroy was appointed professor of conducting at the Metz Conservatoire.