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The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who was born in 1971 in Neuilly-sur-Seine as the son of the organist Daniel Roth, began his musical career as a flutist. In the mid-1990s, he decided to shift gears and completed the course in conducting led by Janós Fürst at the Paris Conservatoire, additionally taking courses with Jorma Panula. Following his first experiences as Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with Pierre Boulez and Sir Colin Davis, in 2003 Roth founded his own ensemble, Les Siècles, with which he performs works from the 17th century up to the present, using period as well as modern instruments. He has made numerous recordings with this ensemble; these have garnered such awards as the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Edison Award, the Diapason d’or, and the Victoires de la Musique. From 2011 to 2016, Roth helmed the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and since 2015 he has served as Gürzenich Kapellmeister and General Music Director of the City of Cologne. He has additionally served as Principal Guest
Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2017, inaugurating his position there with a Debussy cycle. In January 2018, the Philharmonie in Paris named him the first “artiste associé” in its history. Roth has guest conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and the Orchestre de Paris. His most recent release, which appeared in the spring of 2018, is of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye and Le Tombeau de Couperin with Les Siècles. On Bastille Day 2017, François-Xavier Roth was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 10 September 2013, conducting the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in works by Ligeti, Czernowin, Wyschnegradsky and Haas.