ABOUT

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Maxime Tortelier

Conductor

Biography

Maxime Tortelier is an exciting talent emerging on to the international conducting scene, having made his mark as the Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for two years until September 2014. With this orchestra he appeared regularly in concerts across the South and South West of England, and was reviewed as “outstanding” and “charismatic”.

Maxime’s successful conducting debuts include engagements with the Opera Orchestre National de Montpellier and Ulster Orchestra. His debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 led to a re-invitation to the orchestra, with whom he made his BBC Proms debut in 2015. The current season’s highlights include a return to Orchestre National de France and a debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.

He made his conducting debut in 2009 with the Sofia Festival Orchestra at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In 2012 he was semi-finalist in the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and was singled out as the “outstanding participant” of a masterclass with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop. During other courses and masterclasses he conducted the Royal Scottish National, Tasmanian Symphony and BBC Concert orchestras, working with David Zinman and Martyn Brabbins among others.

While in Colin Metters’s conducting class at the Royal Academy of Music, Maxime worked with the Academy’s many different ensembles and singers, under the additional guidance of such figures as George Hurst and Leif Segerstam. He also rehearsed the Academy’s orchestras in preparation for performances by Sir Simon Rattle and the late Sir Colin Davis. His MA at the Academy was generously supported by the Gordon Foundation.

Born into a musical family, Maxime studied the piano from the age of five. Before picking up the baton, he graduated in literature and languages at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon and was Teaching Assistant at Harvard University. He taught musicology in Paris at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales after completing his MPhil there, and studied theory and composition at the Paris Conservatoire where he received several first prizes.

Maxime is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

"Confessions"

(published in Classical Diary)

What is the chief characteristic about you we need to know?
I’m not as mild-mannered as I may appear upon a first encounter.

If you weren’t a musician, what other job would you have wanted to do?
An actor, like my brother, or a professional tennis player.

What is your idea of happiness?
Forever playing, with loved ones.

What subject will always get you in a rant?
People not replying to messages.

You hate yourself when you…
drop, break, lose and forget things.

Which fictional character inspires you?
The main character in Un Prophète by Jacques Audiard, who finds his way up the unbelievably tough ladder of prison life.

… and in real life?
Great single-handed sailors like Bernard Moitessier who, upon completing the fastest solo circumnavigation in the first race of its kind, decided to just carry on sailing…

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I can only think of small ones; hopefully the greatest is yet to come.

Your autobiography would be called…
It’s not over yet!

Time to talk about guilty pleasures, you would die for…
… hitting a tennis ball with Roger Federer.

What is your favorite place in the world?
Our family home, tucked away on a hillside in Provence..

The sound you hate the most?
That really loud screech in the London Underground, which feels like the sides of the train are scraping against the tunnel walls.

Three words to describe the classical music world?
No more boundaries!

What is your motto?
Always try.

The Voice.
Singer-songwriter
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IT NEVER END

Passion never die. It grows
stronger every day.

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