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Emmanuel Krivine, who comes from a Russian-Polish family, was born in Grenoble in 1947 and began his career as a violinist. He received his degree in violin from the Paris Conservatoire and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels, later perfecting his playing through lessons with Henryk Szeryng and Yehudi Menuhin. Numerous competition successes paved his way, including first prize at the renowned Concours Reine Elisabeth in 1968. After meeting Karl Böhm in 1965, Krivine decided to turn to conducting. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1976 to 1983 and Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 1987 to 2000 and of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg from 2006 to 2014. Since 2017, he has helmed the Orchestre National de France – the first Frenchman to do so in more than forty years. In 2018, the Debussy anniversary year, he performed and recorded many of the composer’s works with this orchestra; in the 2018-19 season he presented a Brahms cycle. As a guest conductor, Krivine has worked with many leading orchestras in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and, in the United States, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, of which he has been Principal Guest Conductor since 2015. Krivine is moreover active in the educational field and in 2005 created La Chambre Philharmonique, an ensemble that performs on period instruments.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 4 April 1994, when he led the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in a program of Gershwin and Dvořák.