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The French musician Julien Leroy, who was born in 1983, began his training as a conductor with Konrad von Abel at the Sergiu Celibidache Foundation in Munich before transferring to Adrian McDonnell at the Paris Conservatory and completing his studies with master classes led by Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Kurt Masur (who invited him to the Verbier Festival Academy), and Jorma Panula and in the area of contemporary music with Laurent Cuniot and Jean Deroyer. In 2009 he took second prize at the Tokyo Music Competition for Conducting and participated in the Ottawa Young Artists Conducting Program with Pinchas Zukerman and Kenneth Kiesler. Additional honors followed, including first prize at the 2014 Talents Chefs d’Orchestre held by ADAMI (the French organization tasked with defending artists’ copyright). Leroy’s repertoire spans works from the 18th century to the present. He was Music Director of the Orchestre Paris Rive Droite from 2003 to 2006, has worked with the Orchestre de la Cité internationale in Paris since 2006, and has been Assistant Conductor of the Ensemble intercontemporain since the 2012-13 season – initially under Susanna Mälkki and for the past two years under Matthias Pintscher. He has moreover conducted the New Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestre Pasdeloup, as well as the ensembles Court-circuit and TM+. In recent years Julien Leroy has been active at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in connection with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY as an assistant to Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle; in the summer of 2014 he led a concert in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min series. Since 2010 he has taught conducting at the Conservatory of Metz.