Rendezvous: Ensemble intercontemporain, June 28
Assistant conductor of the Ensemble intercontemporain since 2012, Julien Leroy is a part of the new generation of French conductors. In 2013-2014, he began conducting the Orchestre national de Lorraine, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, and the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. He conducted the Ensemble intercontemporain at the Cité de la musique, at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, at the Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles, and on tour in Mexico. He was the winner of the 4th edition of the Talents Adami conductor competition.
Since 2012, the Lucerne Festival Academy has invited Julien Leroy as the assistant conductor to Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Assistant conductor for the Orchestre de la Cité international since 2006, he has conducted numerous orchestras including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the A. Toscanini Philharmonic, the Festival Verbier Orchestra, the ensembles TM+ and Court-circuit.
A trained violinist, Leroy was interested in conducting from an early age. He has studied with K. von Abel, A. McDonnell, V. Gergiev, K. Masur, J. Panula, and D. Harding whom he assists occasionally. He has improved his understanding of the contemporary repertoire with L. Cuniot and J. Deroyer.
In 2009, he was the winner of the Ottowa National Arts Center’s Young Artists Conducting Program and was selected by the Festival de Verbier academy. In 2009, he was also awarded Honorable Mention in the 15th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting. Julien Leroy also leads the orchestras at the conservatories for the city of Paris and the Orchestres de Jeunes A. Loewenguth. Since 2010, he has taught orchestral conducting at the CRR de Metz.